5 Undeniable Skin Correcting Benefits of Turmeric
5 Undeniable Skin-Correcting Benefits of Turmeric.
— From brightening to combating inflammatory skin conditions, discover why turmeric is a powerful addition to your skincare regime.
✎ Tash Havos
Content Writer /
Turmeric is arguably the most powerful ingredient in treating topical and internal inflammation. Think of it as a multipurpose spice to store in your bathroom or kitchen cupboard (whatever is easier - just do it). From the inside out, turmeric is one of the most well-research ingredients. Perhaps due to its potent system support and for its role in Chinese and Ayurvedic medical history for over 4,000 years, treating everything from stomach ailments, helping to improve blood circulation, and heal skin wounds.
Its main, active constituent is Curcumin – one of the most important compounds found in turmeric. This is what makes ‘Turmeric’ an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral powerhouse. This component is also what makes turmeric a “functional food” defined as foods that have a potentially positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition. Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant, native to India and other Southeast Asian countries.
5 Undeniable Benefits of Turmeric
1. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory compound
A study found that when curcumin was compared to other anti-inflammatory compounds it ranked one of most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world.
2. It speeds up the wound healing process
A recent study proves the effectiveness of this compound in speeding up the wound healing process. Another study highlights that curcumin has the ability to reduce the body’s natural response to inflammation and oxidation, as it has the ability to enhance tissue formation, collagen deposition, tissue remodelling and wound contraction.
Pretty amazing, right?
3. Corrects excess oil production
When sebum production is in overdrive, we see conditions like acne more and more present. Turmeric can alleviate some of the excess oil produced by the sebaceous glands. The phytosterols and fatty acids like palmitic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and linolenic acid that are found in turmeric can inhibit the overproduction of sebum on the skin.
4. Protects from UV damage
Curcumin protects the dermal layers of the skin from UV damage. Its anti-carcinogenic properties offer the prevention of melanoma caused by sun-damaged skin, however it’s important to bear in mind this is not a substitute for SPF. Although it will not block UV rays, it will prevent the free radicals on the skin to cause DNA damage, and further, act as prevention of ageing.
5. It’s used as an anti-ageing treatment.
If you’re not already convinced, Turmeric is also an incredible anti-ageing treatment. Although it is best used as a preventative treatment, the benefits of the compound helps stimulate collagen. This process reduces the visible signs of fine lines and wrinkles.
Turmeric Masks for your Skin Type
Dry skin? Mix equal parts of turmeric powder + raw manuka honey + plain yoghurt
Blemish-prone skin? Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder + one tablespoon of chickpea powder + one teaspoon organic cinnamon + one tablespoon of lemon juice and a touch of water
Oily skin? Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 tablespoon of gram flour + a touch of water.
Mix these into a paste and apply. Leave on for no longer than 20 minutes.
Note that Turmeric can temporarily dye the skin, so it’s best to try your mask in the evening.