This article was originally published here on Bella Naija as one of the articles I contributed to their Beauty section.
You may or may not have heard of the plant called Turmeric that grows wildly in South & South East Asia. It has been used for thousands of years in Asia as a cooking spice and even for medicinal purposes. If you are a fan of Indian food like I am, you will have eaten many a turmeric-laced curries.
We are not focusing on curry today though, I’m sharing some of the powerful beauty powers of Turmeric and how you can incorporate it into your beauty regime.
As an acne treatment: Acne sometimes develops as a result of dirt and bacteria clogging up the pores of the skin. Turmeric possesses very strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help fight breakouts. Mix turmeric with coconut oil to form a paste and then apply on acne patches only, not on the entire face. Allow to sit for 15 minutes then rinse off.
To manage oily skin: When one suffers oily skin, it is usually as a result as the skin’s sebaceous glands producing too much oil. One of the strengths of turmeric is that it can help regulate the production of oil to the face which will ultimately lead to you bidding oily skin farewell.
For hyperpigmentation: If you struggle with dark patches and spots on your skin, turmeric is a more natural product that can help correct this condition. Combined with a bit of fresh lemon juice, it can be applied to the affected areas, left on for 15 minutes and then rinsed off. To see any results with hyperpigmentation, you will need to be consistent.
To rid your hair of dandruff: Remember how I boasted of turmeric’s antiseptic and antibacterial powers? Well it provides amazing benefits for the hair as well. If you suffer dandruff, apply a mixture of turmeric and any good oil such as Olive or Coconut to your hair, leave on for 15 minutes, rinse off and then follow with shampoo.
For cracked heels: The turmeric/oil combination is actually very multifunctional. One of such uses is for cracked heels; the paste helps exfoliate dead skin cells around the heel to reveal new skin. Just be sure to wash off properly in the shower after because turmeric is very staining.
As a face mask: This is my absolute favorite use of turmeric powder, as a mask! It’s an inexpensive yet effective way to deep cleanse your skin on a weekly basis. Below are some simple turmeric mask recipes:
· Turmeric, Oats flour, Honey & Milk mask to exfoliate and brighten the skin
· Turmeric, Avocado & plain Yoghurt mask for dry skin
· Turmeric, Lemon Juice & plain Yoghurt for oily skin
· Turmeric, Oats flour and Egg Whites to tighten the skin
All you need to do for the masks is mix ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder with the other ingredients till it forms a paste. Apply to the face and neck and leave on for 15-20 minutes then rinse off with cool water.
Turmeric has become a staple in my home, I mean if it can add great flavor to my meals and ALSO make me beautiful, why not?
Bonus Non Beauty-Related Tip: For that gorgeous yellow fried rice color, add a teaspoon of turmeric!
What do you use turmeric for?
Peace & Love,
*Photo Credit: www. fitindian.com*