Curries, lattes, ice-creams and more, turmeric is omnipresent in Indian food, but the botanical has also played a leading role in Indian skincare practises for centuries. Turmeric-laced concoctions have got a nod from Tara Sutaria too. “There's this face mask that I love that my grandma makes. It has yoghurt, turmeric, chickpea flour and honey. I leave it on for like 15-20 minutes and then wash it off; it makes my skin glow and look brighter almost immediately,” the Student Of The Year 2 star once told us in an interview.
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties’ powerhouse. The kitchen pantry staple owes its vibrant yellow shade to an active chemical compound called curcumin, which has protective effects against skin-damaging chemicals and environmental pollutants. It is said to be able to brighten, repair and add glow to the skin. Curcumin is able to suppress specific stimuli in the immune system responsible for skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and seborrheic dermatitis.
Plus, it regulates sebum production, which can deal with congested skin. The repercussion of clogged pores ranges from blackheads to acne breakouts. Besides its defining benefit to fight pimples, especially for sensitive skin types, the important ingredient is known to inhibit the tyrosinase enzyme that results in creating dark spots from sun damage or hyperpigmentation. Moreover, the spice is apt for puffiness, stretch marks and wounds. Turmeric may also help you find your way out of the premature ageing landmine as it aids in maintaining collagen and moisture levels (therefore reducing the risk of wrinkles and fine lines). The botanical is also a salve to soothe an itchy and flaky scalp which, if left untreated, could lead to hair fall.Here's how you can use turmeric in your skincare and haircare DIY recipes1) An acne- and whiteheads-fighting mask
Since turmeric’s pimple-reducing efficacy is well established, this two-ingredient mask makes for twice the glow. It’s also ideal if you’re struggling with a smattering of whiteheads. All you need to do is mix raw honey with turmeric powder. Layer it evenly over your clean, dry skin. Leave it on for anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off. The honey, being humectant, provides a moist environment for zits to heal, while the turmeric goes to work to flatten them. But mask with caution, as too much turmeric may leave the complexion looking slightly yellow. So, best to avoid on the day of an important presentation or a date.2) A gentle face exfoliator
Combine half a teaspoon of turmeric with one tablespoon of ground oats. Then, add two tablespoons of plain yoghurt and one teaspoon of raw honey. Blend all components into a thick paste. Slather the concoction to your face in gentle circular motions. The coarse texture of the mask will help exfoliate away excess dirt and oils, leaving a soft and supple complexion.3) A DIP glow mask
Looking for a mask that allows a lit-from-within underlay to come through? This recipe will become your go-to. Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Now, add one tablespoon of raw honey to the mixture before incorporating half a tablespoon of milk or yoghurt. For an additional punch, add one drop lemon essential oil or fresh lemon juice. Apply the blend all over your face and neck, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.4) A scalp-detoxifying mask for dandruff-prone tresses
Blend some amla juice with yoghurt. Now, add a pinch of turmeric to it. Amla, which is a rich source of Vitamin C, can repair the wear and tear of strands, while the turmeric will deep cleanse and treat a flaky scalp. The fortifying mixture will also increase scalp circulation, strengthen hair follicles, and in turn stimulate healthy new growth. Liberally apply it on the scalp and strands for a few minutes before your shampoo-conditioner regime.5) A DIY conditioner for shiny, smooth hair
Shine is always the mane goal when it comes to gorgeous hair. This simple-and-effective concoction promises the gleam without going through great lengths. Mix turmeric to olive oil and massage the mixture into your scalp. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse it with a sulphate-free shampoo.Also read:
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