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Turmeric Benefits for Skin:

Turmeric, scientifically known as Curcuma longa, belongs to the plant ginger family Zingiberaceae. Native to Southeast Asia, turmeric powder gained recognition as a cosmetic ingredient from its original use during Hindu celebrations. Since then, turmeric uses have expanded to provide the skin with prominent antioxidant and anti-aging protection. It may also contribute purifying and soothing properties that allow for more beautiful, radiant skin. Turmeric’s diverse skin care benefits can be found in a variety of cosmetic products such as creams, soaps, masks and cleansers.

The main constituents of turmeric include active curcuminoids and volatile oils. Curcuminoids are phytonutrients that give turmeric its yellow-orange pigment.1 Examples of curcuminoids, such as curcumin, which is derived from turmeric roots, contain high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidant protection helps to neutralize harmful free radicals present in the environment. This works by hindering destructive enzymes from breaking down important skin molecules and damaging skin integrity. Turmeric also possesses components such as Vitamin A, minerals, and starch that can induce a skin soothing effect. Altogether, turmeric can reduce oxidative stress and sooth the skin, rendering it a useful ingredient in anti-aging formulations, as well as topical formulations whose aim is to protect skin quality.2

Turmeric serves as a natural source of salicylic acid, a well-known ingredient in acne-prone treatments and facial cleansers, which can be highly beneficial in regulating excessive sebum secretion. Similar to salicylic acid, turmeric can help to remove clogs and reduce comedones, resulting in a more purified, clear complexion.3

  1. Vaughn, A. R. et al. Effects of turmeric (Curcuma longa) on skin health: A systematic review of the clinical evidence. Phytotherapy Research 30.8, 1243-1264 (2016)
  2. Prakash, L. and Muhammed, M. Natural ingredients for anti-ageing skin care (2008)
  3. Zaman, S. U., and Naveed, A. Effect of turmeric (Curcuma longa Zingiberaceae) extract cream on human skin sebum secretion. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research 12.5, 665-669 (2013)