I always thought of turmeric as a zesty spice to put in chili or quinoa salad. When I learned it is actually remarkably soothing and calming for one's skin, I was shocked. The more research I did, the more I realized turmeric is an ingredient in many of my favorite anti-inflammatory remedies.
How can something so spicy and seasoned also be soothing? According to a study published by the University of Maryland Medical center, turmeric has been used for over 4,000 years for a wide variety of medical treatments. Known by its scientific name, Curcuma longa, turmeric has been proven to help heal some infections, cancers, digestive issues, and, most notably, inflammatory conditions. It's a powerful antioxident, widely used in Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese medicine, and has been gaining popularity now in Western medicine, as well.
It sounds downright miraculous. But you may be wondering, how exactly does Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, accomplish all of this? It's known to have antibacterial properties, for starters, which means it's helpful at keeping blemishes at bay and healing small wounds. It also can reduce certain enzymes in the body that are responsible for inflammation. This makes it a great skin care ingredient to soothe irritation. And since the spice is also an antioxidant, it can fight free radicals and reduce some of the damage they might do.
With very low chances of side effects, incorporating turmeric into your beauty routine seems like a no-brainer. Here are 10 luxurious, all-natural products to help get you started!