A Natural Powerhouse
When a skincare product contains more super long chemicals and ingredients that you can’t pronounce, than you can, there’s an issue. Being aware of the ingredients that are going on your face, and into your pores is essential to keeping your skin in its most healthy and prime state. Certain acids, retinoids, and peptides have undeniable benefits for your skin, however as natural and organic ingredients start gaining more traction in the skincare industry, there's a certain natural ingredient that isn't talked about much, but is an absolute powerhouse and does wonders for your skin.
An ingredient that most of us already have sitting in our pantry, and can easily be bought at the local supermarket; Turmeric! Turmeric is a powder that is part of the ginger family and is used to add colouring and flavour in cooking, most commonly within Asian, specifically Indian and Thai, cuisine. Although it may be a relatively new breakthrough in the Western world, turmeric has been an essential ingredient in South Asian health treatment for centuries, whether it be for the purpose of healing bodily issues, or skin treatments. It has been used to help with digestive and liver issues, as well as wounds, and is on the comeup in both natural and conventional skincare products in the Western world, with the added advantage of lacking harmful and unnecessary chemicals.
It's used for cooking, dyeing clothes, to heal and medicate, and for cosmetic purposes, and is a versatile ingredient, to say the least.
The benefits of turmeric
Curcumin is the primary bioactive component found in turmeric, which contains anti-inflammatory enzymes and antioxidant properties.
Anti-bacterial & Anti-inflammatory Enzymes:
The anti-inflammatory enzymes and anti-bacterial properties provide turmeric with most of its benefits; anti bacterial properties prevent bacteria on the skin that would otherwise contribute to acne, pimples and cysts, and the anti-inflammatory enzymes can soothe active acne and blemishes, and swelling caused by acne decreases. Seeing as it also combats unwanted cell production, it can also help with calming skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea by reducing uncomfortable skin patches. Studies have been conducted to show that topical and oral curcumin usage can both improve symptoms of psoriasis within 9-12 weeks.
Antioxidants found within turmeric also aid in protecting your skin from it’s worst enemy: UV rays. I’ve said it in the past, I’ll say it in the future, and I’m going to say it right now; sunscreen is so immensely important. The sun may be pretty to look at, but the things it can do to your skin when you don't apply sunscreen regularly are the exact opposite; sunburns, which can lead to melanoma, premature skin cancer, an increased risk to developing skin cancer, and much more. With turmeric’s antioxidants, free radicals such as pollution and UV rays are kept from affecting your skin’s elasticity, which keep your skin feeling soft and smooth. Healthy cells are also preserved and can prevent and brighten hyperpigmentation and scars.
THE ULTIMATE TURMERIC MASK:
The properties of each ingredient with this totally do-able DIY facemask are undeniable, making it the ultimate mask needed to make your complexion glow, improve circulation, and soothe and heal active acne.
Equal parts honey, yogurt, turmeric, and chickpea/garbanzo flour
Mix until it becomes a paste
Apply to your face and keep it on for 15 minutes
Then, wash it off with cleanser and water, and implement your normal skincare routine
*Turmeric is known for its staining and dyeing capabilities, meaning it will stain anything and everything - including your skin. Ensure that you’re cautious around light coloured clothing. If your skin is stained, simply double cleanse*
If you haven't already incorporated this ingredient into your skincare routine, this quarantine is the perfect time to start experimenting and see if it works well for you! Go ahead and give Empathy Cosmetic's Turmeric Brightening Masque with Saffron Stem Cells a try! It includes ingrediants such as turmeric root extract, stearic acid to keep your skin hydrated and prevents moisture loss, and sunflower seed extract to provide vitamin E, and is the perfect place to start.