Let’s face it. We live in a society that’s constantly on the lookout for the next superfood claiming to give us clearer skin, shinier hair, stronger nails and whiter teeth. Not to mention all the inner benefits such as better gut health, more energy, improved sleep etc. It begs the question: Is there really one food that can do it all?
Introducing: Turmeric, the bright orange spice taking the world by storm.
Apart from it being an important ingredient in Indian cooking, there are many amazing things you can do with turmeric to improve your health and beauty. Get ready to glow from the inside. But a word of warning: This stuff is next-level orange, so don’t apply it directly to your skin or teeth. Mix small amounts with another product, or you will risk looking like the victim of a bad tanning salon.
Acne Prone Skin
Ladies, let me tell you. Turmeric doesn’t only help heal acne, it helps to keep it away! Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties so it’s great to calm breakout-prone skin. Because it’s also a mild exfoliant, it works by keeping your pores clear, which we all know means fewer breakouts. For a super-effective acne face mask, mix a small amount of turmeric with sandalwood paste or mashed banana and apply to the skin. Got dark spots? Mix turmeric with a few drops of rosewater and watch the darkness fade away.
Not only does turmeric help fight pimples and breakouts, it also works to reduce oily skin. In order to stop the skin from being too dry, our skin produces sebum and in some people, an over-production of sebum can result in very oily skin. Turmeric helps to regulate the production of sebum, so if you’re working with clogged pores and a super shiny face, trying adding turmeric to your homemade face masks. Just remember to mix it with other ingredients otherwise you’ll end up looking less like a glowing goddess and more like Marge Simpson …
Since turmeric is high in antioxidants, it keeps your skin in check and reverses damage done by excessive amounts of free radicals. Excess exposure to direct sunlight can cause free radical damage that shows up on the skin externally, such as lines, wrinkles, dehydration and sunspots (basically all the things no one wants). Turmeric has the amazing ability to heal this damage naturally. Try mixing a little turmeric with grape pulp, black tea, powdered brown sugar and rose water to make a face mask that will help turn back time.
Turmeric has so many healing benefits, it’s crazy. The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. It’s a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent so it can help with anything from cuts and scratches to burns and skin conditions. If you have sensitive skin or struggle with eczema or rosacea, the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric should answer your prayers.
Ever seen the charcoal teeth-whitening product taking Instagram by storm? Well, this is kinda the same thing. Mix up two parts turmeric to one part coconut oil and one part baking soda. Brush your teeth as normal for two minutes and try not to be scared by your orange grin. Rinse thoroughly with water, and brush again with your regular toothpaste. Flash those pearly whites!
Lighten Stretch Marks
They’re the skin imperfection women struggle to accept. But what if I told you there was a way to lighten your stretchies? A mixture of turmeric, besan and milk/yogurt will help to lighten the marks and even skin tone. Apply daily and let it dry on your skin overnight. Repeat daily and get ready to strut in your bikini come summer!
Skin Cancer Prevention
Just when you thought the benefits of turmeric were running out, here’s another one. Curcumin (the main active ingredient in turmeric) has been recognised as an impressive anti-cancer treatment with the ability to selectively kill tumour cells and leave normal cells untouched. Of course, we aren’t doctors so it’s always best to check with a professional but The National Cancer Institute in the US has recognised curcumin as an effective anticarcinogen, or substance that can help prevent cancer.
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