How to Use Turmeric for Beautiful Skin

This Spice Can Benefit Your Skin

Turmeric or Curry Spice in Bowl
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When you think of the spice turmeric, a tasty curry dish might come to mind, but hold that thought! Turmeric is not only delicious, it's also great for your skin.

Turmeric is a spice used mainly in Asian cooking, specifically Thai and Indian cuisine. You're probably familiar with the Indian spice mix called curry. Turmeric plays a big role in that spice mixture, and it's also present in yellow mustard.

Turmeric is bright orange-yellow in color, with a light, complementary taste and smell. But just like many of nature's amazing natural ingredients, it has valuable skin benefits as well! Indian women, in particular, have been using turmeric as a skin care ingredient for centuries.

You can easily find this spice in any grocery store spice aisle. Just make sure you are buying 100% turmeric with no additives.  You can also easily order turmeric online via Amazon if you want. 

Skin Benefits

The skin benefits of turmeric as numerous.  Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce redness from blemishes and calm the skin care condition rosacea, and the antibacterial properties in the spice can both disinfect the skin and combat acne. It also can help reduce the appearance of dark circles.

Turmeric is known for its amazing ability to reduce acne and the dark marks that remain on the skin once acne clears.

People with oily skin or acne scars who use turmeric on a regular basis can expect a noticeable improvement in the quality of their skin. Turmeric is also said to heal wounds.  In addition, turmeric is an antioxidant that fends off free radical damage that can cause premature skin aging and sun damage, and it can also help to correct an uneven skin tone.

Many people who use turmeric skin treatments on a regular basis find their skin looks so good that they stop using foundation altogether. Some people swear by the turmeric cream called Vicco Turmeric Skin Cream for clearing up acne and calming their skin as well. You can also find turmeric in Juara Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask which can be used once or twice a week for glowing skin.

In addition to being used as a spice and a beauty product, turmeric is also used as a dye, and some people use it as an all-natural self-tanner. But before you slather yourself in this spice in order to look tan, know that very few skin tones match turmeric perfectly. If you have light skin especially, turmeric will probably temporarily stain your skin yellow, while other skin tones might get a radiant glow. Don't let it scare you, though. If you're apprehensive about trying a treatment, apply it before bed so that if your skin does change color it does not happen right before you need to leave the house. 

How to Make a Turmeric Face Mask

If you regularly make your own skin care treatments, try adding a bit of turmeric to your favorite face mask recipe, or you can make your own turmeric face mask:

  1. Heat up a teaspoon of raw honey in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.
  1. In a dish, combine the honey with a teaspoon of turmeric and a teaspoon of milk or Greek yogurt.
  2. Wash your face, pull your hair back and apply the mask to your face using your fingers or a spoon. Be careful applying the mask, as turmeric can stain.  You could wear gloves when applying the mask so you don't stain your fingers.
  3. Let the mask dry and harden for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse the mask off with warm water.

This turmeric mask will help clear and smooth your skin, minimize the appearance of your pores, and make your skin appear fuller and plumper. If the turmeric stains your face, simply wipe it off with a facial toner.

Glowing Skin From The Inside Out

Another way to get skin benefits from turmeric is to make a drink from the spice. This way you can help your skin from the inside out.  This recipe comes from Dr. Andrew Weil:

  • Boil two cups of water
  • Add half a teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • Stir and then cover
  • Simmer for 10 minutes
  • Filter through a tea strainer

You can drink this cold or hot.  Add a sweetener like honey or add a piece of ginger root to punch up the taste.

Updated by Hanah Tetro