Not only does turmeric have amazing health properties, but it’s also a great all-natural beauty product that you can use over the weekend. This mustard-yellow spice can tighten your pores and do other wondrous things to your skin (and hair). Here’s how!
Turmeric is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry. In the Middle East and West Asia, Turmeric is used to give rice and chicken a bright yellow stain in dishes like ‘Kabsa’ and other culinary creations known to South Asia, as it is a staple in Yemeni and Middle Eastern cuisines.
But what is interesting about Turmeric is that it has been used as a beauty product by different cultures, like India, for centuries. Following in the footsteps of great grandmothers who knew how to ‘naturally’ take care of themselves, I’m going to share with you how I’ve tried Turmeric as a natural cosmetic.
My original intention behind using a turmeric facial was to exfoliate and reduce the appearance of redness due to over exposure to the sun. But after a couple of facials I realized that the enlarged pores I suffered from, due to excess use of chemical treatments for black heads, have now gone back to their normal size. To be honest I have been using a routine that involved both turmeric and olive oil, used on two different days of the month.
Turmeric for pores: For dry skin, mix turmeric with milk and apply as a mask all over the face. Don’t let it sit for a longer time than it should, as it may over-dry the skin. Turmeric leaves a strong yellow stain, that is why it’s best to wear a t-shirt you’re not too fond of, as it will end up staining it. To wash the face, use lukewarm water and a facial sponge, and repeat rinsing off your face until all turmeric has dissolved.
Olive oil for pores and general conditioning of the skin: On a different day, give yourself an olive oil mask. If you’re spending your weekend at home you can use the occasion to apply some olive oil onto your skin and leave it there to be absorbed. To really allow the skin to take in the olive oil you need to massage it in. The heat from the repeated circular movement will help the olive oil absorb into the skin.
Th secret to a glowing skin is in exfoliation. But harsh exfoliation using chemicals or harsh granules can actually add to your skin problems. A gentle exfoliating agent like turmeric can be the answer to a glowing skin for two reasons: The actual exfoliation routine can rid you of dead cells to give you a glowing and spotless skin. According to Stylecraze.com, you can make a paste by mixing gram flour and turmeric with water and apply it on your face or body, to exfoliate.
Moreover, the healing properties of Turmeric can address skin issues like redness and inflammation, as well as more serious problems, like poison ivy, eczema and psoriasis. Mix Turmeric with milk to create an effective skin treatment for such conditions.
According to Stylecraze.com, “Turmeric in combination with other ingredients is effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. You can prepare a face pack by mixing turmeric powder and rice powder with raw milk and tomato juice and apply it on your face and neck for 30 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. This will reduce wrinkles as well as brighten your skin. If you have dark circles, you can add a pinch of turmeric to 2 tablespoons of buttermilk and apply it around your eyes for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. This is effective in eliminating wrinkles as well as dark circles.”
I haven’t really used Turmeric for my hair yet, but there are quite a few excellent tips for hair treatment at Style Craze – where you can read all about the ‘28 Best Benefits Of Turmeric For Skin, Hair And Health.’
Do you use natural ingredients for beauty? Do you have any tips you would like to share? Please feel free to do so in the comments box below… Have a lovely day!