5 Beauty Benefits Of Turmeric

A powder form of turmeric

Turmeric is a flowering plant that belongs to the ginger family with edible rhizomes (roots) and can be used in cooking. Turmeric can be used dry, fresh, or can be boiled in water. It has a deep orange-yellow color which is commonly used for coloring foods and flavoring agents in many Asian foods.

Apart from turmeric’s nutritional benefits, it also has many beauty benefits for the skin and the body.

Turmeric powder

Beauty uses turmeric

Weight Loss

Turmeric is known for effective weight loss. The main constituent of turmeric, curcumin, helps the body to suppress fat tissue growth. Turmeric also helps the body in weight loss by regulating sugar levels and preventing insulin resistance.

A cup full of turmeric tea is the answer to an effective weight loss journey. Just pour some water into a saucepan. Let it come to a boil and add both ginger and turmeric paste. Strain it after a few minutes and drink it after it cools at room temperature.

You can also mix turmeric powder with cinnamon powder and lemon for weight-loss tea. This tea is great for digestion and helps relieve stomach disorders like gas, and bloating and helps in easy bowel movements to help with weight loss.

Turmeric tea
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Clear Acne

Turmeric is widely known for clearing the face of acne, pimples, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles. The best thing about this is that there are many DIY options for making turmeric face masks for all these conditions named above.

To clear acne and other antibacterial issues, mix a teaspoon of turmeric and 2 teaspoons of honey and gently rub on your face for about 5-10 minutes before shower time. For wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, mix turmeric with lemon juice and apply it on your face and neck for a short time.

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Lightening Skin

Turmeric contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components which make the skin glow. It revives the skin by bringing out its natural glow. Turmeric powder can be mixed thoroughly with other mild soaps until it has a uniform color.

Turmeric helps brighten the skin, diminish hyperpigmentation and helps get rid of dark spots effectively without causing any side effects. The powder can be used with other moisturizing ingredients such as honey or milk to help improve your skin complexion and reveal a glow.

Vya Turmeric brightening scrub
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Better Night Sleep

Due to turmeric’s anti-inflammatory, it is known for its impressive sleep aid. With the blend of turmeric, ginger, and Schisandra berries, this tea gives much-needed wellness and a perfect boost post-workout recovery.

The bioactive component in turmeric, curcumin, can also lower inflammatory levels in the brain and body to help for a better night’s sleep. To improve your mood, rituals to relax, help depression, and potentially lower your anxiety levels, it is advisable to drink some turmeric tea before your bedtime.

a gentleman sleeping comfortably after drinking turmeric tea
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Healing wounds and scars

Because of the component, curcumin found in turmeric, it helps in healing open wounds by decreasing oxidation and inflammation. Turmeric slows the body’s reaction to wounds making it heal faster. Because of turmeric’s anti-inflammatory qualities, it targets your pores and calms the skin when applied as a face make to cure acne which results in scars.

Risks of turmeric on your skin

Some cons of using turmeric in these DIY face masks, soaps, etc. is that it easily stains. Because of its orange-yellow solid color, it stains towels, tiles, sinks, etc. It is advisable to use a small amount of turmeric powder in these DIYs mixtures.

Using turmeric on your face every day can stain your skin yellow. It is advisable to use it a few times a week so your skin does not stain. Drinking turmeric tea stains the inside of your mouth, especially the tongue so drink it then brush your teeth to prevent it from looking orange-yellow color. Here is a quick tutorial on how to clean turmeric stains https://youtu.be/XRyXWbWYL_Y

Avoid taking turmeric in large quantities as it has some side effects, including stomach upset, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, and acid reflux.

If you are allergic to turmeric spice in your food, do not use it on your skin without a dermatologist’s advice. Apply a small amount of turmeric behind your palms for some time before applying it on your face to see its reaction on your skin as it can cause redness, swelling and irritation.

5 Beauty benefits of turmeric