If you’re tired of being masked up when you’re out and about all the time, wearing a mask when you get home might not sound like a lot of fun. I know my acne has gotten worse from stress recently and the bags under my eyes from lack of sleep might as well be a “handle with care” sign. Most people familiar with turmeric know it from its role as a colorful, delicious spice. However, it has many health benefits as well. It’s known to be a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant but did you know it has many skincare benefits as well?
What is turmeric?
Turmeric is a plant, from the ginger family, that is best known for its use as a spice. Easily recognized by its bright color, ranging from yellow to orange, and flavor often found in dishes like curry. People familiar with the health benefits of this spice often add it in wherever they can, to smoothies, tea, or on their veggies. Turmeric is good for your heart, brain, and immune system, so adding it to things you eat and drink is easy and increasingly popular. It can also be used, usually mixed with other natural ingredients, on your skin.
Turmeric Face Masks
Turmeric is good for more than just eating. Because of the antioxidants, it’s commonly used in skincare routines to keep skin looking young and healthy. There are face masks, mists, serums, toners, scrubs, face and body cleansers, gels, capsules, moisturizers, and oral supplements, all singing the praises of this incredible ingredient. Let’s take a look at the many benefits of a turmeric face mask.
Turmeric can be used in several ways to rejuvenate your skin. You can use it in a natural, gentle exfoliant to remove dead skin cells, leaving your face fresh and bright. It can also be a soothing balm for unsightly under-eye bags that tend to show up and show out when you’re not getting enough sleep at night. It stimulates circulation to reduce the puffiness and brighten your face up. Turmeric even helps reduce the loss of elasticity in your skin and replenishes moisture, helping you keep your youthful glow while it fights off wrinkles.
Turmeric is fantastic at helping reduce the appearance of all kinds of troublesome skin issues. It can lighten dark spots, help fade scars, and even clear up breakouts! This makes it a wonderful addition to face masks. Many people make their own using a clay base and mix in ingredients like aloe vera and vitamin C. You can try this, or simply look at the ingredient list next time you’re shopping for face masks. One important tip when applying these kinds of masks is using an applicator brush. You don’t want the oils in your fingers to mix with the fresh natural ingredients you’ve decided to use.
Before You Make a Choice, Consider This
The bright beautiful colors of turmeric were once used as a dye, bearing this in mind, if you apply it directly to your skin, it will likely leave behind a bit of a stain on your skin. It’s nothing that a bit of washing won’t take care of and no cause for alarm. It’s good to keep in mind in case you’re doing a little self-care between zoom meetings.
Remember, when introducing any new food or product, some people may be allergic. It’s best to start slow, only ingesting a small amount (if adding it to your diet) or using a new product on a small patch of skin, just to be safe.