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Is Turmeric the New Coconut Oil?

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!

The Health Benefits of Turmeric

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:

  • Improve memory
  • Lower risk for brain disease and dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Increase your body’s natural ability to fight off free radicals (those rogue electrons that contribute to cellular damage and the formation of some cancers)
  • Reduce inflammation (and thereby reduce risk for and/or lessen symptom intensity of inflammatory diseases, like many types of heart disease and arthritis)

Yet, these benefits have been demonstrated by clinical studies.

How Turmeric Can Help Your Skin

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:

  • Inflammatory conditions, like eczema
  • Acne-scarred skin
  • Sensitive skin

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:

  • Make homemade masques
  • Add a little spice to your daily cleanser
  • Try any number of skincare products formulated with turmeric (or its active compound—curcumin) like our H2 Rapid Diffusion Therapy Cream

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.

What are your favorite turmeric-containing recipes? Are there any at-home turmeric masques you’ve tried and liked? Let us know; post them on our Facebook page.

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