It is used as a culinary spice and it is also a major ingredient in curry. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine.
5 benefits of tumeric on the skin
Tumeric, also called Indian saffron is a plant in the ginger family, native to southeast Asia and grown particularly in India.
Aside from giving curry its vibrant yellow color, turmeric is known for having potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments through its active compound, curcumin.
Coupled with its countless benefits, tumeric also benefits the skin greatly. Here are some benefits of using tumeric in your skincare routine.
1. Tumeric treats acne
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions and it requires special care. Where over-the-counter prescriptions may fail you, turmeric will definitely not. With its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, tumeric keeps bacteria from spreading.
2. Tumeric fades scars
The worst part of a breakout is not the breakout itself but the scars they leave behind. These scars take a long time to fade. Tumeric can help hasten up the fading process. Mix one teaspoon of turmeric with half a teaspoon of honey, apply the paste on the affected areas and leave for 15 minutes, then rinse off.
3. Tumeric helps to keep the skin hydrated
Dry skin is a menace and especially worse during the dry season. Tumeric helps to hydrate the skin and speed up the process of removing dead skin cells. Treating your skin with tumeric and milk paste will leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated.
4. Tumeric gives the skin a natural glow
It contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that provide glow and luster to the skin.
5. Tumeric can help prevent premature skin aging and sun damage
The damage sun rays cause to the skin cannot be overemphasized. Tumeric's antioxidant compounds help prevent free radicals from affecting the skin's elasticity.
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