Turmeric, commonly known as Haldi in India, is a spice with so many uses.It is widely used in India and China for curing many diseases, this yellow spice, which is part of the ginger family, is used to make Curry. Though the main usage still remains as being the chief ingredient in Indian culinary tradition, this wonder product of nature surely has much more impressive qualities. Turmeric is used in innumerable ways as from generations it has a lot of benefits for skin and hair.
Turmeric, both in the raw as well as the powdered form is widely used for cooking and many forms of skincare. Turmeric has been known to contain numerous antioxidants as well as antibacterial properties. Giving you amazing benefits for your skin, hair, and health.
1. Anti-Bacterial Agent:
Turmeric has been used for generations as an antibacterial agent. Turmeric paste is still used to heal small cuts and burns. Turmeric heals wounds and helps to keep bacterial infections at bay.
Turmeric provides a great relief to aging skin. Haldi paste and haldi powder, for many years, have been a part of the beauty regimen. Even today brides and grooms celebrate ‘haldi’ as a ceremony where the haldi paste is applied to their faces and body. Haldi powder or paste if mixed with equal amounts of besan and raw milk makes a great exfoliate and makes skin glow. Use this pack before bathing. Apply the pack generously over the face and body and then wait till it dries off. Then bathe without using any soap or body wash. For the face, you should scrub in circular motion
3. Facial Hair Control:
In the case of thin hair for women, turmeric powder slows down the growth of facial hair and eventually stops it from re-growing.
Using turmeric for efficient hair removal depends on the type of hair, and thickness. Therefore, it will not affect men’s facial hair that is normally thick.
To use turmeric as a facial hair reducer you will need:
- 1/4 tablespoon of haldi (turmeric powder)
- 1 tablespoon of gram flour
Mix haldi with gram flour, and then add water to form a paste. Leave it on your face for 15 minutes, then remove using a circular motion. Scrubbing will pull off fine hairs on your face once the mask is dry, and that will help get rid of unwanted hair on your face.
Remember that excessive exfoliating will make your skin very sensitive, therefore, make sure you do not overdo it.
If you have oily skin, you can exfoliate up to 3 times a week. On the other hand, normal to dry skin should only exfoliate 1-2 times per week. Either way, make sure to moisturize your skin afterward. Moreover, when used regularly, you will start to see the difference in a month.
4. Improves Skin’s Elasticity
Haldi helps to keep the skin looking young and fresh. As it contains many antioxidants, it is great for aging skin. It helps stimulate new cell growth and help keep the skin’s elasticity intact.
5. Lighten Pigmentation:
If you have pigmentation and discoloration then using turmeric will surely help. Turmeric is said to lighten pigmentation and even out skin tone. This is the reason why many natural skin care brands use haldi as an active ingredient.
6. Control Dandruff & Hair Loss
Scalp infections and dandruff may cause hair loss, in such cases, curcumin (active component) present in turmeric helps to cure the infection, itching and soothes the scalp and removes flaking, thus curing hair loss.
7. Control Oily Skin
Women with oily skin will love turmeric. A mixture made with pure sandalwood paste (freshly prepared paste from pure sandalwood bar), turmeric and a bit of orange juice. Apply this paste on your face and leave it for 10 minutes. Once the pack dries off, use warm water to rinse the pack.
8. Lighten Stretch Marks:
Turmeric can help lighten stretch marks. Stretch marks often become a problem for ladies and a mixture of turmeric, besan, and raw milk/rose water/yogurt will help lighten the marks and even out the skin tone. The pack should be applied daily and kept until it dries completely.
9. Cures Acne:
Turmeric helps to keep acne away and also helps to heal acne. There are simple ways of using turmeric to cure pimples, one is by using turmeric powder mixed with sandalwood paste helps to heal acne and applying raw turmeric mixed with few drops of rosewater helps lighten the spots too.
10. Heal Cracked Heels:
Make a mixture of castor/coconut oil and add a bit of turmeric powder. Apply this on your cracked heels and areas where your skin has become excessively dry. Not only does this heal the cracked heels faster, but it also helps to make the heels softer.