Making Monday Pretty: Turmeric 2.0 March 23 2015

Last week we discussed some of the new "it" healthy foods that help to benefit our appearance from the inside out. One of those was turmeric, which is a super food particularly good for the skin due its high levels of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties and for that reason we thought it deserved a more in depth look. Below are a few uses for turmeric for many skin ailments.

1. Aging. Turmeric is an excellent exfoliator and helps to ease signs of aging. To create your own exfoliator using turmeric, simply make a paste with equal parts besan (or gram flour) and turmeric and apply evenly on the body and face. Leave it until it dries and then rinse off of your body, rinse off the face with luke warm water rubbing gently in circular motions.

2. Acne. Turmeric is great for acne due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It can help reduce redness from acne and other types of scarring, reduce inflammation and even out skin discolouration.   Some people keep acne at bay by drinking turmeric tea, but simply mixing turmeric with water or coconut oil and applying to the blemish or scar overnight will work wonders.

3. Reducing Oil. Turmeric can be very beneficial for those suffering from oily skin as it can help regulate sebum production. Make a mask with 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice (fruit acid is great for exfoliation and a good dose of vitamin C) with 1.5 tablespoons of sandalwood powder (a natural astringent) and a pinch of ground turmeric and leave on the face for 10 - 15 minutes, rinsing with luke warm water.

4. Burns. Aloe Vera is our go to for burns, but adding a touch of turmeric will helps speed up healing and make sure that you are left scar free.

Warning, regular turmeric can temporarily stain the skin due to its intense yellow colour but Kasturi turmeric is non staining and has all the same properties which will help your skin!

Have a beautiful, and spicy Monday everyone!