Turmeric for Healthy Skin

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

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People have been using turmeric for hundreds of years for its healing and cosmetic benefits. This yellowish-orange spice is available as a ground spice, supplements, and is also added in some beauty products. Curcumin, the bioactive component present in turmeric, is a substance that provides various health benefits. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties bring out the skin’s natural glow and make it look healthy. It is also said to treat acne, banish dark circles, lighten scars and marks, moisturize the skin, prevent premature aging, and help dermatological conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea.

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Here are some best ways to include this wonderful spice in your beauty regimen for radiant and glowing skin.

1) Turmeric and Gram Flour

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When turmeric powder is mixed with gram flour, it forms an excellent and gentle scrub for all skin types. It helps in removing excess oil from the skin. All you have to do is mix a tablespoon each of gram flour and turmeric powder with a little water to form a paste. Apply this paste on your skin and let it dry. Wet your hands and with a gentle circular motion, wash the paste off to reveal smooth and soft skin.

2) Turmeric, Lemon Juice, and Honey

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Citric acid found in lemon juice acts as a natural bleach, which helps lighten dark scars and spots. It also imparts glow to your skin. Lemon juice mixed with turmeric powder lightens pigmentation and skin discoloration. The addition of honey helps acne and pimples and also removes dullness from the skin. With regular use, the skin tone becomes even. Mix a tablespoon of turmeric powder with enough lemon juice and honey to make a smooth paste. Apply this paste evenly using a brush and wash it off with warm water.

3) Turmeric and Milk

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Applying a mask made from turmeric and milk helps fight free radicals that have the potential to damage the skin, making you age faster. You can make this mask by mixing a tablespoon of turmeric powder with sufficient raw milk (do not make the mixture too runny) and apply it over your face and neck. Once it is completely dry, wash it off and see your skin look younger and glowing. You can use this pack for up to 3 days a week.

4) Turmeric and Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil has nourishing fats that hydrate and protect your skin. They contain fatty acids, such as linoleic acid (vitamin F) and lauric acid, which retain skin moisture and have antibacterial properties. If your skin is dry and flaky, apply a mixture of turmeric and coconut oil. This mixture will leave your skin soft and hydrated and will help reduce redness, inflammation, and dry patches.

5) Turmeric and Olive Oil

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Olive oil is great for your skin. This oil is rich in antioxidants, which fight free radicals that damage your skin and make you look old. Olive oil is also an excellent source of vitamins and has antibacterial and moisturizing effects. This oil also helps retain the elasticity of the skin. Turmeric powder mixed with olive oil when applied on the face and neck stimulates the growth of new cells.

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