Turmeric has been used for centuries across different cultures around the world. It comes from the ginger family and is recognized for its bright yellow color. As a powdery spice, turmeric is treasured for its bright-yellow color as well as its subtle yet distinct culinary flavor.
Most recently, turmeric is also becoming popular for its cosmetic applications and soothing properties. In this article, we take a look at the benefits of turmeric and how you can incorporate it into your self-care routine.
Where Turmeric Gets Its Color And Beneficial Properties
Turmeric is a good source of curcumin (diferuloylmethane), a compound most commonly used as an ingredient in dietary supplements and cosmetic products. Its golden color also makes it a popular component in food coloring products.
Curcumin has long been studied for its potential health benefits as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. This characteristic is believed to be the reason why turmeric can be good for the skin.
It can be strange to think that something you normally associate with curry can be applied to your skin as well. However unusual, turmeric is gaining popularity in DIY skincare. Most notably, actress Thandie Newton caused quite a stir when she revealed that she adds the spice to her foundation and moisturizer.
Using Turmeric For Rejuvenating Facial Masks
The face is perhaps the most exposed part of your body when it comes to dirt, dust particles, and sunrays. It’s a very common site for signs of aging or sun damage. Wearing makeup for long periods of time can also add to the build-up of daily debris, which can clog up pores.
All of this can contribute to exacerbating skin conditions like acne and dry skin. This is why it’s important to give yourself a facial every so often. If you’re into DIY facial masks, this is the perfect opportunity to add turmeric to your skincare routine.
One of the most common homemade recipes for facial masks is adding yogurt, honey, and turmeric together. This mixture is touted for helping stave off acne, and giving your face a brighter look and even glow.
Other recipes mix turmeric together with milk, honey, and flour or ground oats to make a paste. This combination can also help exfoliate the skin and clear pores of debris build-up.
Another recipe involving the use of turmeric together with organic honey and coconut milk. This makes for a soothing combination, which can help tighten and brighten the skin.
Taking A Turmeric Bath To Relieve Stress
Nowadays, most people find themselves exhausted most of the time. After a day packed with errands and chores, you can feel absolutely down and out. It’s during these times that a relaxing bath or shower can work wonders for both your mind and body. On top of that, using bath and body products that include turmeric as an ingredient can help boost your mood and revive your spirit.
If you’re one for taking a bath at the end of a long day, you may not be a stranger to adding epsom salts for enhanced relaxation. These are easily available online, and you can get bath salts infused with turmeric essential oils. Together with the epsom salt, turmeric oil can be a deeply soothing addition to your bath water.
Similar to facial masks, you could also experiment with the DIY route by simply adding turmeric to your bath water. Adding 1-2 tablespoons of the spice to your bath can also help make it more relaxing. Soaking in a turmeric bath can help soothe aching joints, and boost your mood and energy levels.
If you do choose to just add turmeric powder straight to your bath water, be warned that it can stain. Should this happen, you can clean the stain with a baking soda solution after you bathe.
Using Turmeric Soaps And Rubs For A Revitalizing Shower
If you don’t have time for a bath, you can also use turmeric-infused bath products in the shower. There are plenty of handcrafted soaps available online which include turmeric as an ingredient. Some of the more popular soaps mix the space together with coconut milk, shea butter, almond milk, olive oil, cocoa butter, or even goat milk.
It’s also common to infuse turmeric soaps with orange essential oil. The citrusy scent combines perfectly with turmeric, making for a refreshing shower aroma. The smell can be quite therapeutic, helping you calm your mind and feel reenergized after the shower.
If turmeric soap isn’t readily available in your area, you can also try a DIY rub before you shower. You can combine turmeric powder, gram flour, milk, and lime or lemon juice to form a paste. Once you’ve prepared the mixture, you can rub the paste onto your skin and leave it on for around 20 minutes. After that, rinse off the paste in the shower.
Altogether, turmeric is a fantastic ingredient to add to your skincare regime. In doing so, you’ll be following a long tradition of Asian cultures that have used the spice for cosmetic purposes. Over centuries, many people have touted the spice for helping to keep their skin healthy and glowing.
Turmeric powder is also commonly available in most supermarkets, so you can try experimenting with DIY skincare recipes when you feel up to it. And even if you don’t follow through with integrating turmeric into your self-care rituals, it would be a welcome addition to your kitchen spice rack.