The Use of Turmeric for the Skin

Ladies often put turmerick in facial masks they wash or rub off after a few minutes.

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As a beautiful fashionista, you want your skin to have as much pizzazz as your attitude. If your skin looks dull or has problems such as lines or acne, one trick to pull out of your beauty arsenal (or kitchen cupboard) is turmeric. Ladies in India have used this spice to stay gorgeous for centuries. Similar to other natural beauty products like green tea and oatmeal, it's ultra simple to incorporate into a daily on-the-go skin regimen.

Turmeric Basics

The feisty ingredient in curries, turmeric is a bright yellow spice that commonly aids flair to Indian and Asian cooking. People usually use turmeric as a powder, grinding up the roots of the Curcuma longa plant. Scientists attribute turmeric's ability to ramp up your skin's glow to the active ingredient, curcumin.

What It Helps

The widespread uses of turmeric for the skin are many, although scientists haven't been able to prove whether all the benefit claims are true. If you're paying for laughing with your boyfriend or best girlfriends with fine lines and wrinkles, turmeric may help exfoliate and keep your skin pliable. Ladies also claim that acne, blackheads and whiteheads also are no match for this spice. Turmeric is used to remove unwanted hair and improve uneven skin, tone, too.

Why It Works

Scientists know that turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. These properties help get rid of the bacteria on your face that creates less-than-pleasing clogged pores. They help your blemishes look less red and swollen, too. Turmeric also is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are important for glowing skin because they keep your skin cells from being damaged. That means your skin stays healthy. As an exfoliant, turmeric can remove dirt and dead skin cells that clog pores and gently pull out the hair you don't want.

Typical Application

Most recipes using turmeric for skin care are simple -- that's a definite plus for busy ladies like you who need a no-fuss routine. A basic recipe is to mix it with yogurt and milk. Another quick mix is turmeric, gram flour and water. Once you have the paste mixed well, apply it to your face and use it just like you would your favorite commercial scrub. Let it dry and then rub it off. Rinse off any residue.

Cautions

If you're a gal whose skin falls in love with turmeric, you do have to pay attention to the fact turmeric can stain your skin. In fact, turmeric is used to give a yellow color to many of the beautiful fabrics woven and dyed in the Middle East. If you're a fair-skinned beauty, it's best to use very small amounts and mix it with other food items that are good for your skin to prevent your skin from looking yellow. Additionally, turmeric comes from the ginger family. If you're allergic to ginger, watch out for a reaction from turmeric, too.

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