We always dream of healthy and vibrant skin. When it comes to natural beauty movement, turmeric is one of the stars. Aside from being one of the most important spice in various dishes, turmeric also works as a perfect skin-friendly herb.
Here are the potential benefits of this vivid, fragrant, and bitter spice for our skin health.
Helps Prevent Skin cancer
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer that develops in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin — the pigment that gives our skin its color. The curcumin content of turmeric may play a significant role in it. It is thought that curcumin clean-up dysfunctional cellular components and inhibits the growth of melanoma cells and tumor progression.
Helps Treat Scabies
Scabies is an itchy skin condition caused by a tiny burrowing mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. This results in an intensely itchy, rash-like irritation on the skin.
In a 2011 study from India, results showed that the combination of turmeric and neem (the extract from a native Indian tree) was 97 % effective in curing scabies.
Helps Fight Off Acne
Turmeric has natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties that are excellent for acne. It works at its best when combined with apple cider vinegar which has astringent properties. The combination works as a skin toner.
Helps Protect Against Sun Damage & Aging
In a study presented at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) 68th Annual Meeting, researchers have found that moisturizing cream containing turmeric can help improve the appearance of fine lines and brown spots caused by sun damage.
Helps Soothe Psoriasis Symptoms
Psoriasis causes the skin to build upon each other thus creating scaly patches that are prone to cracking and bleeding. When it comes to this condition, turmeric can provide some help.
Curcumin in turmeric contains anti-inflammatory effects that can fight off cell production and reduce these uncomfortable skin patches. According to studies, the consumption of turmeric tea and topical application of turmeric can help improve symptoms of plaque psoriasis in 9–12 weeks.
Helps Prevent Vitiligo
Vitiligo is a medical condition that causes white patches on the skin because the cells that make color are destroyed. Curcumin may help prevent oxidative stress in the epidermal skin cells that are responsible for producing melanin that makes hair, skin, and eyes appear darker.
Helps Soothe Dry Skin
Turmeric naturally hydrates and revitalizes the skin. It removes dead skin cells thus, alleviating symptoms of dryness. The application of turmeric can make our skin soft and protect it from further damage.
Helps Speed Up Wound Healing
Turmeric fights off inflammation and oxidation thus calming the swelling and make wounds less angry. It speeds up wound healing and boosts collagen production so that injury would scar less.