If you’re a fan of Indian food, you may be familiar with Turmeric, also known as Haldi, one of the country’s most widely used spices. A part of the ginger family, Turmeric adds flavor and a deep yellow-orange color to many dishes, mostly in curries and mustard. But for centuries it has also served as a main ingredient in medicine and beauty, mainly for skin and hair. Because of its anti-inflammatory power and numerous antioxidants, there are many uses for Turmeric in your beauty routine that can greatly improve your complexion.
Turmeric is greatly effective in keeping acne away, thanks to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It fights pimples and breakouts and reduces the oil secretion in your glands, thus preventing super oily skin. A simple scrub will do the trick, by adding a few drops of water and lemon juice to the Turmeric powder. Apply the paste to the affected areas and leave on for about 15 minutes then gently wash away with lukewarm water.
Turmeric is also an exfoliating agent, which means it can provide great relief to ageing skin. In fact, Indian brides and grooms have been incorporating a Haldi ceremony on the big day, since it makes your skin glow. By mixing the Turmeric with equal amounts of besan (gram/chickpea flour) and raw milk or water, you’ll be left with a paste to put generously and evenly on the skin. Allow it to dry, and rinse with lukewarm water. If you’re using the paste on your face, scrub gently in a circular motion to exfoliate properly.
You can also use that same paste to help lighten stretch marks and even out the skin tone. If you want to change the mixture up a bit, use rose water or yogurt instead of the raw milk or water to give the paste a different feel.
If you still have that paste left over, it can surprisingly be used to inhibit hair growth, thanks to a property called curcumin found in Turmeric. Curcumin can stop the activity of a growth agent which causes death of hair follicles resulting in hair loss. Reducing hair growth won’t happen overnight, and it usually takes about a month of consistent use to notice results.
Speaking of hair, Turmeric has been proven to also get rid of dandruff and other scalp issues. Apply a mixture of the Turmeric and olive oil into your scalp prior to taking a shower. Leave in for 15 minutes then wash off with a natural shampoo. After a while, the Turmeric helps to provide nutrition to the hair follicles and increases circulation on your scalp.
So the big question – will all these scrubs and exfoliators leave a stain on your skin? Turmeric usually stains fabric and clothing, but on skin, the simple answer is no. However, there is a possibility that you will see a slight yellow-tint to your skin. After a few washes, it will go away, but if you need the yellow to disappear sooner, wipe the area with a few drops of a mild facial toner on a cotton ball and you’ll be back to brand new.