Monday, November 20, 2017


By Luke Douglas

7 Amazing Benefits of Turmeric
For Youthful Skin and Great Hair

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Constantly in search of the perfect go-to skincare ingredient and growing your lovely locks, Mother Nature keeps popping up as the most effective, long-term solution in nurturing your beauty. And this season, continuing the health revolution that has taken the world by storm in the previous year, will be all about things au naturel, spotlight on the golden goose of beauty called turmeric.

This spicy yellowish powder is a beloved ingredient in Indian cuisine, and a powerhouse of nutrients that will serve as a feast for your beauty! 

An antioxidant boost 

Packed with vitamins and minerals, turmeric is an incredible source of antioxidants that are your key ally for preventing and minimizing free-radical damage. Various studies pointed out that usage of turmeric in diet can even reduce oxidative stress caused by diseases such as diabetes – and these negative processes tend to leave your skin looking dull or irritated. Add some curcumin spice (the main ingredient of turmeric) into your morning omelet, and you’ll help your body fight off the damage. 

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Turns back the clock 

Once again, due to its mighty antioxidant content, turmeric helps your skin produce new skin cells, and protects your natural skin elasticity. In fact, curcumin that is found in turmeric has the potential to slow down the ageing process by reducing low-grade inflammation and fending off free radical damage. In addition to introducing it to your diet, you can make a turmeric facial mask with sugarcane juice once or twice a week for best results! The mixture will both remove dead skin cells and the calming power of turmeric will rejuvenate your complexion.

Gives you an even skin tone 

Remember those unsightly sun spots, blemishes and dark patches on your skin caused by too much tanning? This is where turmeric can also step in and help you even out your skin tone without causing any irritation. Blend one teaspoon of turmeric powder and another of pure lemon juice, gently put the mix on your unwanted skin pigmentation and let it soak for about 20 minutes. Just remember to stay out of the sun for the next couple of hours after the treatment! 

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Anti-inflammatory power 

A potent inflammation-killer, you can use curcumin to treat painful conditions, such as arthritis, and it can reduce inflammation caused by irritable bowel syndrome. How does this transfer to your beauty needs, you might ask? Well, inflammation and other imbalances in the body will eventually wreak havoc on your skin, and might even lead to excessive hair-loss. Adding turmeric to your diet will reverse these effects and help you restore your skin health, as well. 

Get rid of dandruff 

Even if there’s no severe underlying problem such as the abovementioned inflammation or infection, dandruff can be quite a pain in the neck. It can be itchy, as well as make your scalp too dry or too greasy and lead to a number of bad hair days. Mix in some olive oil with turmeric powder (equal amounts of both, preferably), massage it into your scalp about 20 minutes before you wash your hair, and voila! Your scalp will start to recover. Repeat the process once a week, and you will soon see how turmeric helps cleanse and calm your scalp without overburdening your hair or limiting its volume.

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Fortify your locks 

If, on the other hand, your scalp troubles aren’t merely aesthetic, and you suffer from a bacterial infection that causes your scalp to itch, become flaky and thus your hair to fall out excessively, then turmeric to the rescue! You can combine regular scalp masks based on turmeric (it comes in oil form, as well), and a diet that allows you to consume curcumin, and even consult your doctor to see if you could benefit from a supplement, as well.

Get rid of acne and pimples 

When you combine its antibacterial properties, with its excellent exfoliation ability, turmeric becomes one of the healthiest solutions for common skin impurities such as acne, pimples and blackheads. All of these pesky problems are caused by clogged pores, bacteria build-up and clogged hair-follicles, and adding turmeric to your weekly exfoliation regime and an occasional mask can reduce these annoying irritations. Honey combined with turmeric makes for an incredible paste with antibacterial properties, while soothing aloe vera can also be mixed with turmeric to achieve a similar effect. 


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