There’s been a lot of buzz about turmeric lately, and we sure know why! It is valued for its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects both used topically and as a dietary supplement. Further, it’s great for cleansing and clarifying skin. This means that turmeric is great for many pesky common skin ailments including premature aging, acne, scars and stretch marks, and pigmentation. Turmeric has been prized by Eastern cultures for centuries for its many benefits.
Turmeric is a potent antioxidant, and is great for both reversing and preventing signs of aging. As an antioxidant, it quenches free radicals that cause collagen breakdown and formation of age spots. Further, turmeric protects against UV damage, one of aging skin’s worst enemies. Topical application of turmeric, either as a DIY paste or in an all-natural beauty product will work wonders for reversing fine lines and age spots.
Pigmentation – Skin Brightening
Turmeric can even skin tone, decreasing areas of pigmentation. Both UV damage and inflammation contribute to pigmentation, meaning that turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and UV protective effects pack a powerful one-two punch. Try combining turmeric powder with lemon or orange juice for an extra-potent brew.
Topical application of turmeric decreases skin’s production of sebum, which is a key contributing factor to acne. Further, turmeric contains antibacterial and antifungal compounds, fighting acne-causing bacteria and fungus. Sounds like a winning combination to us!
Turmeric makes skin more supple, so is a great remedy for treating or preventing stretch marks associated with pregnancy, puberty or weight fluctuations. To prevent and heal stretch marks, try mixing turmeric with coconut oil and applying to problem areas.
Minor Cuts and Burns
Due to turmeric’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it benefits skin healing. Topical application of turmeric to minor cuts, scrapes or burns may boost skin healing, but don’t go overboard – seek medical help for serious injuries!
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