For many, acne results from overactive sebaceous glands. A key sign that this is the case will be oily skin, which can be remedied by turmeric. Within a 2012 study, published in the Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, turmeric reduced sebum secretion. Although benefits were experienced after four weeks, the amount of sebum was reduced by nearly 25 percent after three months.
Slows agingWe all age, that much is certain. And although the aging process is dependent on genetics, our environment also plays a key role. From smoking to pollution, poor nutrition to sun exposure, there are plenty of extrinsic factors. This, of course, leads to age spots, wrinkles and changes in pigmentation.
To combat these effects, a diet rich in antioxidants is highly recommended. Helping to reduce oxidative stress, the curcuminoids in turmeric can reduce the effects of free radicals. Within one study, published in Immunity & Ageing, researchers concluded that turmeric may be a key ingredient to reduce the effects of aging.
Prevents skin cancerWhen aiming to combat various types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma and melanoma, curcumin extract therapy has been shown to be effective — without the risk of significant adverse effects. At this time, skin squamous cell carcinoma is the most common cancer in the United States.
It’s believed that there’s a correlation between tanning booths, sun-damaged skin and increasing rates of skin cancer. As stated in one study, topical application of curcumin was as effective as oral administration. When using a mouse cancer model, topical curcumin suppressed tumor growth.
How to make your own turmeric ice cubesWhether you’d like to soothe acne or reduce the appearance of puffy eyes, these ice cubes will be your secret weapon. Although I certainly recommend consuming turmeric on a daily basis, to heal from the inside out, you can also target skin conditions externally.
Turmeric Ice Cubes Ingredients
- 1/2 tsp turmeric root (fresh if you can get it — if not, use powder)
- 1/2 cucumber, sliced
- 1 cup aloe vera gel (real gel or juice)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
Instructions1. Blend all ingredients, then pour into a large ice cube tray.
2. Place in freezer for three to four hours, until frozen.
3. Place turmeric ice cubes inside a cheesecloth and massage over problematic areas.
Use these turmeric ice cubes as needed. Make sure to also try experimenting with a range of new turmeric recipes, including:
Regardless of your age, it’s never too early to start treating your skin. After all, we’re aging every day. If you invite turmeric into your day-to-day routine, you can begin to see dramatic differences in terms of pain levels, your mood, digestion and overall well-being.
Remember, “medicine” does not just come in capsule form — and turmeric is a perfect example. With its vast history and place in modern medicine, there’s no denying its power. After all, health is wealth, so start investing in your spice cupboard, stocking up on this golden treatment today.
— Krista Hillis
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