Saturday, January 25, 2020

Turmeric powder, aka The Miracle Spice, is a staple ingredient in the Middle East and Southeast Asian cuisine. No Indian kitchen can run without this vibrant golden orange-colored spice. Its distinct pepper-like taste and pungent rustic flavor delight the hearts of food lovers.
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent. It is used as an effective disinfectant since the ancient ages of Ayurveda. When consumed internally, it can do wonders for your health.
But today, I am not going to be sharing about its health benefits. That is for another day. I am going to tell you my wonderous experiences with this herb in my Skincare. I have been using turmeric since my childhood days. And it is an integral part of my Skincare.
I like to incorporate turmeric to tackle various types of skin worries. So far, it has stood out in all the fields and proved its power. As it stains the skin with its pungent color, it is not possible to mingle it with any moisturizing agent. But if you use it in your homemade face packs, it will do miracle for your skin. You just need to keep it on your face for a half-hour, and voila! You are done! Your skin absorbs all the goodness from the extract and performs its best.
So, let’s begin how to use turmeric for different skin issues.

1.  Anti-Acne Face Pack

If you are suffering from pimples, acne, or heat rashes, this face pack is going to do wonders for your skin.
To make this face pack, you need,

  • Neem leaves (Azadirachta indica) paste or powder 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric paste or powder 1 tsp
  • Pinch of clove powder
  • Organic Honey 1 tsp
  • Rosewater to make a smooth paste

Mix all the ingredients and keep it on your face for 20-30 mins until it gets dried off completely. Wash your face and apply your favorite moisturizer. You can use this twice a week.

2. Anti-tanning Face and Body Pack

During the Summers, your skin tans a lot. When you travel to a tropical place or spend time on a beach, again, your skin gets tanned or burned.
This pack helps your skin cool down and helps to remove the tan very easily. You can use this on your face and also on the entire body, whichever part is exposed to the sun. Accordingly, you can double up the measurement.
For this you need,

  • Chickpea flour 1 tbsp
  • Curd 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Organic Honey 1 tsp
  • Lemon Juice 1 tsp
  • Rosewater to make a paste

If you have sensitive skin, you can skip the lemon juice, and add only rose water. Allow this mixture to sit on your skin for 20 minutes and gently rub it to get it off. The scrubbing will help to get rid of the dead skin cells and tanning smoothly.

3. Hydrating Face Pack

For this you need,

  • Aloe vera juice or gel 1 tbsp
  • Organic Honey 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder half a teaspoon
  • Rosewater to mix

If your skin is dehydrated, this pack will help you deal with the dryness. You can use it twice a week.

4. Scar Removal Face Pack

Acne, pimples sometimes leave a harsh scar. If you take care of your skin, it will lighten and go away eventually. This following face pack helps a lot in this process.
You need,

  • Raw cow milk 1-2 tbsp
  • Sandalwood Powder 1 tsp
  • Organic Honey ½ tsp
  • Turmeric Powder ½ tsp

5. Bridal Care Face and Body Pack/ Ubtan

Well, brides need a special glow for their most special day. In India, pre-bridal Ubtan (a homemade powdered mix of Ayurvedic herbs and natural ingredients) is famous for taking out the best of that inner glow of the skin. Everybody has their unique recipe, which is passed on through generations. I am giving the method I follow and have learned from my mother.
Just double the amount if you need extra.
You are going to need,

  • Oatmeal powder 1 tbsp
  • Almond powder 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Sandalwood powder 1 tsp
  • Rosewater to make a smooth paste

Of course, you can use this even if you are not getting married today 😉. Your groom can use it too to look his best. This mixture will bring back the glow on your face for any special event.

6. Oil Controlling Face Pack

Oil dripping from your face, not an issue!
All you need is this,

  • Curd 1 tbsp
  • Sandalwood powder 1 tsp
  • Fuller's earth/ Multani Mitti 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Rosewater to make a smooth paste

If you can grind fresh raw turmeric, make a paste and use on your skin, it would be awesome. You can even dry it on the sunlight, make a powder, and store it in an airtight container. But let’s be frank here, this process can be time consuming and almost impossible to achieve regularly given the busy schedule of our lives.

I will suggest using Organic, Natural Turmeric Powder for your Skincare. Turmeric powder used in cooking is not recommended at all. But there are some products which can be used both in cooking and skincare.
I have been using Seeds and Hands Turmeric Powder for a long time. It suits my skin amazingly. They also have Wild Turmeric Powder and White Wild Turmeric Powder, specifically for Skincare. It is an authentic Indian wild turmeric powder. Their wild turmeric roots are sourced directly from Wayanad, Kerala. Their organic, handpicked spices consist of pure grounded turmeric roots, without mixing any other material, free from any artificial color, flavor and are GMO-free.

If you are interested in buying this, you can check out the links below.

Do remember to take a patch test before using anything new.
I hope this post helps to solve your skin worries.
Let me know how you feel.

Happy Living…

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