While you probably know about turmeric as the main ingredient in your favourite curry recipe, it has been used for centuries as an alternative skincare treatment. Just one of the many helpful chemicals helps to decrease swelling and inflammation, while clearing up skin which has been subjected to skin damage or even acne.
Below are just a few facts about turmeric which should make it an essential in your skincare routine.
Fact 1: Acne treatment
Turmeric is praised for it’s antiseptic qualities since it helps to clear away pimples, and fight against any antibacterial cells on the surface of the skin. You can make your own turmeric face mask which is perfect for even sensitive skin, to reduce oil and unclog sebaceous glands in the face and body.
Mix with lemon juice for an amazing fake tan remover minus the irritable skin!
Fact 2: Wrinkles
Put down your anti-ageing creams and whip yourself up a turmeric face mask instead. The fine particles are ideal for both women and men who wish to reduce their fine lines and wrinkles.
We’re not saying it’s the fountain of youth, but it will help to clear your skin and brighten the delicate under-eye area.
Fact 3: Stretch marks
If you suffer from stretch marks on your arms, legs, breasts, and thighs, turmeric can prove to be a natural skin lightener. Simply apply a concentrated paste of turmeric with yoghurt, milk, and water then apply to your problem areas.
Fact 4: Facial hair
Sometimes that annoying peach fuzz on your upper lip or chin can prove to be difficult to remove with waxing and strenuous laser treatments. Turmeric can help to decrease facial hair growth in these areas by mixing equal parts of chickpea and exfoliating the skin consistently for one month.
Fact 5: Cracked heels
Summer season calls for sandals and flip-flops, but cracked skin around the heels can often compromise your plans. Mix 3 tablespoons of turmeric and coconut oil and apply onto cracked skin to soften your heels without the use of a harmful exfoliating agent.
How would you incorporate turmeric into your skincare or beauty routine?
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