How To Use Turmeric for Youthful Skin
Turmeric has been used by many
cultures for thousands of years. Not only does this earthy spice add
delicious flavor to curries and other hot dishes, it also contains an
impressive range of medicinal properties.
The benefits of turmeric don’t stop
there. It turns out that turmeric can be used as part of a beauty
regimen as well. And the best thing about it? It’s good for you, unlike
all the poisonous mainstream beauty products on show in their
fancy-schmancy packaging on supermarket and drugstore shelves. Find out
how you can integrate turmeric into your daily beauty routine, and let
your health — as well as your complexion — reap the rewards.
compounds present in turmeric, along with a wide range of
skin-supporting nutrients and minerals, can make it an excellent natural
anti-wrinkle ingredient. Make a turmeric facial mask by combining equal
parts turmeric powder, rice powder (otherwise known as rice flour,
which has been used in the ancient healing art of Ayurveda for centuries) and organic tomato juice.
Massage the mixture into your face
and any other areas showing signs of aging or wrinkles, and leave on for
30 minutes. Afterwards, rinse off with warm water, and repeat daily.
Over time, you’ll probably notice that your wrinkles have become less
prominent and your skin is brighter and smoother where you’ve repeatedly
applied the paste.
- Make wrinkles vanish
The powerful anti-inflammatory
abilities of turmeric come from its active ingredient curcumin, which
also gives it that characteristic orange hue. Curcumin can help to treat
and diminish stretch marks on your skin. In a bowl, mix together a
tablespoon of gram flour, a teaspoon of turmeric and a tablespoon of
yogurt or raw milk until combined. Apply the mixture to stretch marks at
least once daily, leaving on for a minimum of 30 minutes, then wipe off
with a damp cloth.
- Banish stretch marks
The buildup of dead skin
can lead to all kinds of problems, clogging your pores, making your
skin look dry and unhealthy, and encouraging bacterial and fungal
overgrowth. To destroy any dead skin cells that might be hanging around
on your hot bod, mix together a thick paste of gram flour, turmeric
powder and water, combining the three to make a thick, gritty paste.
While taking a bath or shower, scrub the paste into your skin as you
would an exfoliant, making sure you pay particular attention to those
areas that have a large buildup of dead skin; hotspots are often the
upper back, neck, scalp, and soles of the feet.
- Destroy dead skin cells
Dandruff is just plain embarrassing,
with that powdery buildup on your shoulders shouting to the world that
there’s trouble in paradise up on the lofty heights of your head. Avoid
the embarrassment by mixing together a teaspoon of turmeric powder with a
teaspoon of olive oil and rubbing it into your scalp 15 to 20 minutes
before you hop in the shower. Either wash the mixture out with warm
water, or use a gentle, natural shampoo.
The combination of turmeric and olive
oil discourages dandruff and other conditions of the scalp by
increasing blood circulation on the crown of your head and providing
minerals and nutrients to the hair follicles.
- Abolish dandruff
The nutrients and anti-inflammatory
compounds in turmeric make it excellent for promoting health and
healing, while the hydrating capacity of castor or coconut oil ensure
that your skin stays smooth and supple. Combine these ingredients, and
you’ve got yourself an effective, healthy, homemade foot massage cream
that stops your heels from cracking and additionally protects them from
fungal and bacterial skin conditions.
Mix together a teaspoon of turmeric
with a tablespoon of coconut oil or castor oil and massage firmly into
your heels and soles of your feet. You can either choose to leave the
paste on for ultimate skin support (but resign yourself to having orange
feet), or leave it on for a minimum of 20 minutes then rinse off in the
shower with warm water. Your feet will thank you.Now that you’ve got your skin and hair sorted with the aid of turmeric, why not turn your attention to your insides? This turmeric and lemon morning elixir is a good place to start!
- Say goodbye to cracked feet
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