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Natures MVP: Turmeric - What is it & Learn the Benefits
Let’s talk about Turmeric – one of our favourite skin-care ingredients found in our Bridal Glow Masque!
Whether you’re an Indian food enthusiast or a skincare specialist, you’ve definitely been exposed to turmeric at some point. Turmeric is one of the most versatile ingredients out there—it brings the spice, color, flavor, and health benefits wherever it goes. Here at Zeyl Beauty, this antioxidant-rich superfood is one of our all-time favorites.
If you're unfamiliar with turmeric, you might be wondering what the big deal is. What's so great about this stuff? And why has turmeric taken over the world of skincare?
Luckily for you, we're here today to provide you with all of the answers you seek and more. In this article, we'll dive right into the world of turmeric, giving you the lowdown on everything you need to know about this superstar skincare ingredient.
Turmeric is undeniably one of the most potent natural skincare ingredients available. So keep reading for a deep dive into everything you need to know about this amazing spice.
We won’t keep you waiting any longer—let’s get into it!
What Is Turmeric?
Turmeric comes in a variety of forms, including a powdered spice, an oil, a root, and much more. However, in its natural state, it is derived from a plant. The turmeric plant—also known by its scientific name, Curcuma longa—is native to South Asia and is a member of the ginger family. Turmeric has been used for centuries in traditional medicine and cooking. Turmeric is known for its bright yellow color and has a warm, slightly bitter taste.
Turmeric In Food
Turmeric is most commonly associated with a bright golden-orange spice. This spice is made from the plant's root and is a key ingredient in many curry powders and sauces. It can also be found in mustards, beers, cheeses, teas, and other foods
Turmeric In Medicine
Turmeric plays a major role in more than just cooking. It has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years. It’s been historically used to help support a variety of processes in the body, ranging from digestion to menstruation, to increasing energy.
Turmeric in Skincare
Now lets get to the application of turmeric we probably care most about —that is, of course, skincare. Although turmeric has been used for centuries in many areas, it has only recently gained popularity in the world of Western skincare.
So, why is turmeric suddenly becoming a must-have ingredient in these cosmetics? Let’s go over all of the unique properties that make turmeric so beneficial to our skin.
Benefits of Turmeric
Now for the good stuff: all the ways turmeric will benefit your skin. This superfood is in more skincare products than you can count for a reason: it works. Continue reading to learn about all of the benefits of our favorite ingredient.
Turmeric Calms Skin Irritation
The main active component in turmeric is a compound called Curcumin. Curcumin and turmeric are frequently mentioned in the same sentence—as that’s the part of turmeric most beneficial to us. Curcumin is responsible for many of turmeric's most desirable qualities including its soothing properties.
Why does this matter?
Skin inflammation is a bodily response associated with the immune system. When the body detects an external threat, such as microbes, bacteria, or toxins, the immune system intervenes to eliminate the threat. The skin can become inflamed as a result of an immune response.
On your skin this inflammation appears as:
- Feeling Hot
It's easy to see why an ingredient containing components that help soothe and calm the skin would be popular in skincare. Turmeric soothes skin irritation when applied topically. A turmeric-based product can leave your skin feeling completely rejuvenated and your complexion looking as calm and clear as ever. Plus it's perfect for even the most sensitive skin!
Turmeric Is Packed With Antioxidants
Next up, we have another skincare must-have: antioxidants. Turmeric contains a high concentration of antioxidants, making it ideal for anti-aging skincare products.
Here's a quick brief on antioxidants - They essentially protect the body from something known as free radicals. Because these atoms are highly reactive, they have the potential to harm our cells in a variety of ways.
In terms of skincare, free radicals contribute to problems like:
- Sunspots and UV-ray damage
- Aging signs such as wrinkles and fine lines
You can protect yourself from the effects of all of these things by using antioxidants on your skin. Antioxidants can also aid in the reduction of dark circles and protect against the premature ageing effects of UV damage.
Turmeric is Anti-Aging
Turmeric can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing collagen production. Collagen is a protein that helps to keep the skin looking firm and youthful.
Turmeric's antioxidant properties can also help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage cells and contribute to the development of fine lines and wrinkles and helps with anti-aging.
Using a natural antioxidant-rich ingredient like turmeric in your daily skincare routine can keep your skin looking youthful, bright, and healthy. Likewise, it may help reduce the appearance of skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, scarring, and more. All in all, antioxidants should be a staple in anyone’s skin regimen.
Including natural antioxidant-rich ingredients in your daily skincare routine, such as turmeric, can help keep your skin looking youthful, bright, and healthy. It aids in the reduction of the appearance of skin issues such as hyperpigmentation and scarring. Overall, antioxidants should be a part of everyone's skincare routine.
Turmeric Cleanses, Gently and Naturally
Another aspect of this multifaceted superfood that makes it so beneficial to the skin is its natural cleansing abilities. As a result, turmeric is well-suited to treating issues such as dirt-filled blemishes. Turmeric is also believed to have antibacterial properties, making it a great option for acne-prone great for cleansing the skin of any unwanted bacteria.
Turmeric can Brighten the Skin
Turmeric is also a natural exfoliant, helping to remove dead skin cells and improve the texture of the skin by exfoliating. It is often included in face masks and scrubs to help improve the overall appearance of the skin. Turmeric can help to brighten the complexion and improve its overall tone. This is thought to be due to its antioxidant properties, which can help to reduce the appearance of dark spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation.
In addition to its skincare benefits, turmeric is also believed to have a number of other health benefits. It has been shown to have anti-cancer properties and may help lower cholesterol levels and improve digestion. Some research has also suggested that turmeric may have a positive effect on brain function and may be helpful in reducing the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Overall, turmeric is a versatile spice that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine and cooking. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties make it a popular choice in skincare products, and it may have a number of other health benefits as well.
How To Use Turmeric
Our favourite way to add turmeric to your skincare regimen is to use a turmeric-based face mask twice a week like our Bridal Glow Mask!
Apply this mask using our spatula and leave for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water using our cleansing mitt. After sloughing off all those dead skin cells, your skin should feel as good as new in no time.
Plus, our mask includes several other superfoods that help amplify the benefits of turmeric
These ingredients make our mask a highly effective acne-fighter, skin brightener and pore reducer!
Frequently Asked Questions
Still got questions? Check out our guide to answering some of the most frequently asked questions about this superfood.
Will Turmeric Stain My Skin?
Turmeric powder is highly likely to leave stains, no matter how careful you are you might just end up with yellow-orange-stained clothing, hands, or skin.
BUT, good news! Our Bridal Glow Masque is tested to ensure that no turmeric stains are left behind on your skin! We’ve tested the Bridal Glow Masque on over 100 skin tones to make sure all it’ll leave you with is great skin!
Is Turmeric Good for Acne?
Yes! Turmeric contains a class of chemicals known as curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. This compound provides the substance with potent, multifaceted skincare properties. It is responsible for turmeric's soothing, cleansing, and antioxidant properties.
Because of these properties, turmeric can help with breakouts, even curing some after just one use of the Bridal Glow Masque.
We can't get enough of this potent superfood at Zeyl Beauty, and we believe it will be an excellent addition to your skin care regimen. If you've never tried turmeric before, now is the time to order our Bridal Glow Masque and pamper your skin! It’ll give you that natural glow you've been looking for.