Turmeric: Your skin's best friend
A healthy and vibrant skin is everyone’s dream. Even men deep down wish to have a glowing skin. Amongst the many benefits attributed to turmeric, probably the most important spice in Indian dishes, is its power to boost immunity. It also has a brightening effect on the skin.
The following are some of the benefits of turmeric on your skin.
- Anti-inflammatory: It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits. It helps reduce blemishes and calms skin conditions like eczema and rosacea.
- Fights off acne: Turmeric is excellent for acne because it is a natural antiseptic and helps to keep bacteria from spreading.
- Reduces dark circles: It stimulates circulation which can help reduce puffiness and under-eye darkness caused by poor circulation.
- Protects against sun-damage and ageing: A moisturising cream containing turmeric has the ability to improve fine lines and brown spots caused by sun-damage. Turmeric also helps prevent loss of skin elasticity due to longterm UV exposure.
- Reduces appearance of stretch marks: Turmeric has the antioxidative power to penetrate and improve the function of the skin membrane cells and prevent and treat stretch marks.
- Soothes dry skin: Turmeric can deeply hydrate and revitalise skin while alleviating symptoms of dryness.
Some turmeric packs
FOR DRY SKIN
1 teaspoon fresh cream, 2 teaspoons gram flour, a pinch of turmeric, 1 teaspoon sandalwood, a few drops of almond or olive oil.
Mix everything together. Apply on face. Rinse after 20 mins with warm water.
FOR OILY SKIN
Mix 2 teaspoons of yogurt, a little turmeric, 1 teaspoon of Multani mitti, rose water and sandalwood powder. Apply on face and leave it
on for 20mins. Rinse it off and apply your regular moisturer.
FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Mix 2 teaspoons of Multani mitti, 1 teaspoon yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon aloe vera gel and turmeric powder. Apply on face, leave for on 20mins and rinse it off.
Note: Don’t use too much turmeric. A pinch or two is enough.
The columnist manages Ishrat’s Hair & Skin Studio, Lord Sinha Road, Calcutta. Contact @ishratansar