The Beauty of Turmeric

By Whitney Alexandra

If you’re anything like me, keeping your skin healthy is a big priority. There are tons of products on the market, especially organic ones, that can help you achieve this goal. But lately I’ve found that incorporating superfoods into my beauty routine can also give me great results. 

Using food as ‘medicine’ for your skin provides you with amazing health benefits, plus it’s easy and convenient. I highly recommend turmeric as my go-to superfood of the moment. Turmeric has been used as a natural beauty product for many years and for good reasons. As an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, it’s amazing with skin impurities and problem areas. Use turmeric to combat these common ailments:


Helps Acne

Since turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, it is perfect for treating acne. Pimples are a form of a flare-up, when your pores become clogged and begin to swell beneath the skin, eventually causing unattractive and unwanted imperfections on your face.  Not fun right? Well, turmeric not only helps to clear up those unflattering bumps, but it can help to prevent them as well.  

  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp raw honey

Directions: 
Mix ingredients in a bowl until it forms a smooth paste. Apply to the face, not just affected area. Leave for 10-20 minutes, then rinse. 

Fading of Acne Scars
Unfortunately, with acne prone skin comes the unwanted scarring that can be left behind, long after a breakout clears up. Fear not! Turmeric is fantastic with helping to lighten and diminish those unflattering scars and uneven skin tone. 

  • 1/3 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ tsp lemon Juice

Directions:
Mix ingredients in a bowl. Apply paste to scarred areas. Leave until dry then rinse.  turm2


Unwanted Facial Hair

Another unfortunate problem that can occur is annoying facial hair; it comes in more often and thicker when our hormones are out of balance. Turmeric is an easy way to remove the hair in a gentle and soothing way. 

  • 2 tbsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup gram flour
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions:
Mix ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Apply the thick paste in direction of hair growth. Once dried, peel against the grain. 


Removes & Fades Dark Circles
Dark circles can occur for many reasons, including lack of sleep, stress, hormone imbalance, iron deficiency and sometimes simply genetics. It’s a buildup of blood vessels that causes dark blemishes and swelling under and around your eyes. Religiously applying turmeric to your under eye area will help fade those pesky dark circles over time.  Awesome, I know!

  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of aloe vera gel

Directions:
Mix ingredients and apply under the eyes on dark circles. Leave for 10-20 minutes. Wash off.

 

 

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