Turmeric: The natural skincare spice

Turmeric – curcuma longa has spiced up your curries and sometimes made way into your glass of milk when you caught a cold. This wonderful antiseptic spice is a favorite among grandmas when it comes to whipping up homemade beauty treatments. Read on to find out why.

Battling pigmentation
Turmeric has an old reputation of giving the skin a natural glow. And that’s exactly why traditional Indian weddings follow the custom of the ‘haldi’ ceremony before the wedding day, so that the bride and the groom really glow on the D day. A teaspoon of turmeric powder in your face pack, or with a couple of tablespoons of gram flour and lemon juice helps lighten your pigmentation wonderfully.

For the wow glow
Turmeric has been used in beauty treatments since ancient times. Being an excellent antiseptic, you can freely use it even if you discover a few breakouts on your skin. And believe it or not turmeric doesn’t stain your skin. For a healthy glow, add a pinch of turmeric to the pulp of tomato (if you have oily skin) or a tablespoon of curd (if you have dry skin). Leave it on your face like a mask for 15 minutes and rinse.

Anti-ageing spice
Turmeric is packed with anti-ageing properties. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and makes the skin soft and supple. This works best when a pinch of turmeric is mixed with cucumber pulp and applied to the skin. Do this regularly and you’re sure to get compliments.

De-tan
If fair skin is all you covet, here’s turmeric to your rescue. Lemon or tomato juice coupled with turmeric used twice a week reduces the tan and lightens the skin visibly, minus the cakey fairness of the fairness creams.

Acne treatment
If those zits and boils are all you can think about, try treating it the turmeric way. You can’t go wrong with this mixture of coconut oil, turmeric and a nice helping of sandalwood powder (if you want it to be a mask) or sea salt (if you want it to be a scrub). Tired of using the concealer every time to hide the spots left behind?

Dab turmeric and lemon juice mixture directly on the spots and leave it for five minutes.

So opt for turmeric – the inexpensive and natural alternative care for your skin instead of the expensive chemical-filled store-bought treatments!

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Multani matti
The fragrant sandalwood

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