This article was originally published here on Bella Naija as one of the articles I contributed to their Beauty section.
You may or may not have heard of the plant called Turmeric
that grows wildly in South & South East Asia. It has been used for
thousands of years in Asia as a cooking spice and even for medicinal purposes.
If you are a fan of Indian food like I am, you will have eaten many a
We are not focusing on curry today though, I’m sharing some
of the powerful beauty powers of Turmeric and how you can incorporate it into
your beauty regime.
As an acne treatment:
Acne sometimes develops as a result of dirt and bacteria clogging up the
pores of the skin. Turmeric possesses very strong antiseptic and antibacterial
properties that help fight breakouts. Mix turmeric with coconut oil to form a
paste and then apply on acne patches only, not on the entire face. Allow to sit
for 15 minutes then rinse off.
To manage oily skin: When
one suffers oily skin, it is usually as a result as the skin’s sebaceous glands
producing too much oil. One of the strengths of turmeric is that it can help
regulate the production of oil to the face which will ultimately lead to you
bidding oily skin farewell.
hyperpigmentation: If you struggle with dark patches and spots on your
skin, turmeric is a more natural product that can help correct this condition.
Combined with a bit of fresh lemon juice, it can be applied to the affected
areas, left on for 15 minutes and then rinsed off. To see any results with
hyperpigmentation, you will need to be consistent.
To rid your hair of
dandruff: Remember how I boasted of turmeric’s antiseptic and antibacterial
powers? Well it provides amazing benefits for the hair as well. If you suffer
dandruff, apply a mixture of turmeric and any good oil such as Olive or Coconut
to your hair, leave on for 15 minutes, rinse off and then follow with shampoo.
For cracked heels: The
turmeric/oil combination is actually very multifunctional. One of such uses is
for cracked heels; the paste helps exfoliate dead skin cells around the heel to
reveal new skin. Just be sure to wash off properly in the shower after because
turmeric is very staining.
As a face mask: This
is my absolute favorite use of turmeric powder, as a mask! It’s an inexpensive
yet effective way to deep cleanse your skin on a weekly basis. Below are some
simple turmeric mask recipes:
Turmeric, Oats flour, Honey & Milk mask to
exfoliate and brighten the skin
Turmeric, Avocado & plain Yoghurt mask for
Turmeric, Lemon Juice & plain Yoghurt for
Turmeric, Oats flour and Egg Whites to tighten
All you need to do for the masks is mix ½ teaspoon of
turmeric powder with the other ingredients till it forms a paste. Apply to the
face and neck and leave on for 15-20 minutes then rinse off with cool water.
Turmeric has become a staple in my home, I mean if it can
add great flavor to my meals and ALSO make me beautiful, why not?
Beauty-Related Tip: For that gorgeous yellow fried rice color, add a teaspoon
What do you use turmeric for?
Peace & Love,
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