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TURMERIC FACE MASK


Did you know, that you can use your turmeric powder from kitchen countertop, to make yourself a nutritious face mask?

Turmeric is gaining popularity over the last years...not by accident. The latest research shows some beneficial health benefits when consuming Turmeric (check here if you would like to know more).


Growing evidence shows that an active component of Turmeric (Curcumin), may be also used medically to treat a variety of dermatologic diseases (acne, alopecia, atopic dermatitis, facial photoaging, oral lichen planus, pruritus, psoriasis, radiodermatitis, vitiligo...).[1]


What's the secret?


Curcumin (compound isolated from Turmeric) protects skin by suppressing free radicals and reducing inflammation.[2] It's also claimed to reduce wound healing time, collagen deposition and increase fibroblast and vascular density in wounds.


What about safety?


According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), turmeric is generally considered a safe product when used orally and topically.[3] The safety, tolerability, and nontoxicity of curcumin at high doses are well established by human clinical trials.[4][5] Although, some additional studies are needed to better evaluate efficacy and mechanisms involved, studies suggest that curcumin could be potent nontoxic agent for treating skin diseases.

So, what are you waiting for....


Enhace your natural glow


...with one of these recipes down under...but keep in mind...Although, turmeric it's generally safe when used topically, it’s always good to do a patch test before using any new ingredients on your skin.


How to do a patch test:

Do your turmeric mask ahead of time and then apply small amount to your arm before using it on your face. You should wait at least a day and if no reactions develop, it’s probably safe for you to apply mask on your face. When it comes to DIY mask, as you probably already know…it can get messy. The key, when making mask, is to combine ingredients with a thickening agent to make a paste (e.g. Rice flour, oats…).


-ACNE & ANTIBACTERIAL CONCERNS:

Turmeric+warm water+honey


-HYPERPIGMENTATION & WRINKLES:

Turmeric+yogurt+lemon juice (-if you want extra nourishment and brightening effects)


-IRRITATION:

Turmeric+aloe vera gel


-ANTIOXIDANT POWER:

Turmeric+water

How long Should I Leave the mask on?

Approx.-10min. Rinse with warm water and follow up with desired toner, serum, moisturizer.

Turmeric has the propensity to stain, therefore avoid leaving it for too long.


How often?

You can use it 2-3 times per week




REFERENCES

[1] Sivamani, A. R. (2016, May 23). Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence. Retrieved from National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27213821


[2] Thangapazham R.L., Sharma A., Maheshwari R.K. (2007) BENEFICIAL ROLE OF CURCUMIN IN SKIN DISEASES. In: Aggarwal B.B., Surh YJ., Shishodia S. (eds) The Molecular Targets and Therapeutic Uses of Curcumin in Health and Disease. ADVANCES IN EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY, vol 595. Springer, Boston, MA: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ptr.5640


[3] Gupta, S. C., Patchva, S., & Aggarwal, B. B. (2012). Therapeutic roles of curcumin: lessons learned from clinical trials. The AAPS journal, 15(1), 195-218.: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3535097/


[4] Vogel A, Pelletier J. Examen chimique de la racine de Curcuma. J Pharm. 1815;1:289–300.


[5] Discovery of curcumin, a component of golden spice, and its miraculous biological activities.Gupta SC, Patchva S, Koh W, Aggarwal BB Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2012 Mar; 39(3):283-99.