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Turmeric for Skin: 5 Proven Benefits

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For hundreds of years, people around the world have linked turmeric to healing properties and cosmetic benefits. The bright, yellow-orange spice is related to ginger. It’s available as a ground spice or in supplements and other beauty and dermatology products.

Turmeric gets its health benefits primarily because of curcumin, a bioactive component. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Modern scientific research is just beginning to study the positive impact of turmeric, but many believe it has several beneficial uses for the skin. Here are some ways turmeric may benefit your skin.

Turmeric for skin lightening

A triple shot of espresso can work wonders on your brain, but not so much for under-eye shadows. After your next all-nighter, try turmeric!

A recent study found that turmeric essential oil in a lotion formulation can brighten skin within three weeks with results that last just as long.

These glowing benefits are likely the result of powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds working together to heal and bring out the natural health of skin.

Turmeric to slow hair growth

The same study found that turmeric may help slow unwanted hair growth.

Curcuma oil, from the same family as turmeric, was applied on the underarm of 60 women for 10 weeks. The study found that the oil reduced or slowed hair growth on the tested area.

The time it takes likely depends on the texture of your hair, as thinner hair will react more quickly than coarse hair. Expect turmeric oil to work less dramatically than waxing or shaving.

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Turmeric to reduce dark circles

Turmeric has lots of benefits and uses and one of them is reducing dark circles. Turmeric can effectively remove dark circles due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Mix 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder with 1 tablespoon curd and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply this paste on the dark circles. Leave it for 15-20 mins and rinse. Follow this regime everyday, preferably before going to sleep, for better results!

Turmeric to fade acne scarring

You may want to try a turmeric face mask to help reduce acne and any resulting scars. The anti-inflammatory qualities can target your pores and calm the skin. Turmeric is also known to reduce scarring. This combination of uses may help your face clear up from acne breakouts.

Turmeric to combat sun damage and signs of aging

UV rays are your skin’s worst enemy — they cause sunburns, skin cancer, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles. But turmeric may help you turn back the clock, in a manner of speaking.

A recent study found that turmeric’s antioxidant compounds significantly improved sun damage in rat skin, a possible early indication for the potential to slow the effects of aging in humans.

Antioxidants prevent free radicals like pollution and UV rays from affecting your skin’s elasticity — the quality that keeps your skin feeling soft and supple.

Most importantly, turmeric blocks the enzyme elastase, which attacks your skin’s ability to produce elastin — a substance which gives your skin structure.

If elastase is left unchecked, your body can’t produce the proteins it needs to keep your skin flexible, leading to wrinkles.

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