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Talking All Things Turmeric!

You know how everyone believes in the magic that is coconut oil? Well your gal is here to tell you guys about another magical ingredient that does wonders for your skin (and body). It turmeric!

Besides adding a great taste to your cooking, turmeric has many uses when it comes to beauty and your internal health. But how does it work? How do you use it?

Well let me tell you. Turmeric is actually part of the ginger family, who would have thought! Its predominantly grown in India and southern Asia. It’s a major part of Indian culture and used in a lot of celebrations, recipes, you name it. You can typically buy turmeric by the root, in a dry powder form or even as supplement if you want a higher concentration.

A lot of my friends and family actually add turmeric regularly to their teas, smoothies, or even a cup of warm lemon water in the morning.

The main ingredient in turmeric is curcumin and is what gives it its orangey-yellow tinge. It is the curcumin that helps the skin with its powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. It can help with swelling and redness often associated with skin issues like acne, eczema and psoriasis. Also oily skin people rejoice! Because it can also help control oil production. Turmeric has also been suggested to be able to help prevent dark spots and hyper-pigmentation by stopping the production of melanin. Its no wonder there is an abundance out there of DIY masks that include turmeric.

One of my go to masks that I have used in the past is just a mixture of turmeric, honey and lemon juice. It brings about a noticeable glow to my skin. Swap out honey for yogurt and you have another great mask to help refresh and brighten your skin! These masks can help with any UV damage that ages the skin as turmeric is also an antioxidant.

Just a side note, its recommended that you purchase 100% natural turmeric with no additives if you’re going to be putting this stuff on your face. Also another word of caution, this stuff stains like no tomorrow so prepare yourself before hand!!


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