'Queen of spices' is a moniker that turmeric often goes by, and for good reason. The root-tuber based spice is an essential part of our kitchen and is used extensively in Indian cooking. The warm and yellow spice imparts a beautiful golden yellow hue to a dish as well as an earthy flavour to the dish. Mothers of India use turmeric as a cure-all to any and all health predicaments such as a cough, cold or indigestion; a warm glass of haldi doodh, will save the day. The west recently discovered the glory of this turmeric-milk wonder cure and popularised it as 'the golden milk'. Beyond its spectrum of health benefits, turmeric has an amazing effect on skin as well. The skin benefits of turmeric come from its active compound curcumin known for its antibacterial, antioxidant anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Learn about what turmeric can do to add a natural glow to your skin while keeping your largest organ healthy.
DIY Turmeric and Sandalwood Face Mask
New Delhi-based Dr. Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies says, “Turmeric helps in reducing acne breakouts because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps restore natural glow and treat uneven skin due to its skin lightening properties."
You can make a quick DIY face mask using one teaspoon of sandalwood powder, three pinches of turmeric powder and a dollop of yogurt. Make a paste and apply it on the face. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Dr. Kochhar advises to use turmeric face masks on regular basis can protect your skin cells from sun damage and also reduce water retention.
DIY Turmeric and Milk Cream Mask
Dr. Kochhar also suggests using the turmeric mask to get rid of dark circles as it helps with pigmentation. To make an under-eye mask all you need to do is mix together a pinch of turmeric with just enough milk cream to make a thick paste and apply it under the eyes. After 5 minutes remove it, when used regularly it will lighten your dark circles.
DIY Anti-acne Turmeric Mask
Mumbai-based Dr. Apratim Goel, laser surgeon and cosmetic dermatologist, Cutis Skin Studio says, " Turmeric contains high amounts of manganese, iron, fibre, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium. The antibacterial properties of turmeric aid in acne treatment, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation caused by acne. Turmeric also has natural oil-controlling properties, which help reduce acne breakouts."To make a DIY anti-acne mask you can mix equal quantities of turmeric and honey, and apply it directly to the affected area. Leave it overnight and rinse with cool water. Follow this regime daily to get noticeable results. Alternatively, mix half a teaspoon of turmeric with 2 teaspoons of sandalwood powder and some milk to form a paste, apply it all over your face and leave it to dry. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Do this twice or thrice a week.
DIY Anti-aging Turmeric Mask
You can even prevent wrinkles by incorporating turmeric in your skincare routine. Turmeric is rich in antioxidants that helps protect your skin against free-radical damage, which slows down the signs of aging such as dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. To make your own DIY golden mask, mix a quarter tablespoon of organic turmeric powder in 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Apply it and after 20 minutes, rinse it off with water. Repeat this treatment twice or thrice a week.
DIY Turmeric and Lemon Face Mask
The bleaching properties of turmeric can help treat skin pigmentation. To make your very own mask, mix one teaspoon each of turmeric powder and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Apply the mixture to the affected area and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water and pat dry your skin. But remember not to head out in the sun for at least an hour after using this treatment.
DIY Turmeric Foot Mask
Cracked heels are a common problem, they are not only embarrassing but also very painful. The astringent properties of turmeric helps heal cracked heels; to make your foot mask mix equal quantities of castor oil, coconut oil and add a pinch of ground turmeric to make a paste. Apply this paste to your cracked heels and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse the mask off with cool water.
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