If you’re asking “Is turmeric a natural ingredient that can help my skin and my overall health like coconut oil?” then the answer is YES! Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can help problem skin and systemic health!
Turmeric has been a staple spice in the cuisine of India and surrounding countries for centuries. They didn’t need fancy research studies to tell them that turmeric can:
Yet, these benefits have been demonstrated by clinical studies.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties are what make it an ideal inclusion in your skin health regimen. Benefits are most notable on skin afflicted by:
Of course, everyone can benefit from a natural anti-inflammatory, so turmeric is suitable for all skin types.
You can reap the skin health benefits in two ways—by applying it topically or ingesting it. It’s a spice, so you can use it to season food, enjoy turmeric-heavy curries or blend it in smoothies. There are countless ideas and recipes online.
To incorporate turmeric in topical applications, you can:
For all homemade topical applications, you will need to exercise a little more caution because turmeric can stain your clothes and your skin.
Also, keep in mind that whether you are ingesting or applying turmeric, it isn’t very bioavailable—i.e., your body does not absorb it very quickly. Any excess is passed through your body. So, to see benefits, you need to incorporate a daily dose of turmeric in your diet or infuse your skincare with turmeric at least twice weekly.
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