Within ayurvedic medicine, (a form of alternative medicine, native to the Indian subcontinent), the benefits of using turmeric within our diets and applying topically as part of a skincare regime, has been long known.
Turmeric is a super spice that is reportedly stronger than vitamin E and C, therefore making it beneficial for the immune system.
Applied to skin, it helps minimise inflammation, calms rosacea, and cures acne. It has antiseptic qualities which is very healing for the skin.
I have tried the above pictured product by Ayuuri Natural products. It is called turmeric and papaya face mask. The mask is quite creamy in texture, and dries onto the skin. It can then be removed after 20 minutes. Ayuuri Naturals is available online and in some UK supermarkets (Asda being one). I found it to be a nice mask to use, and would recommend it for acne prone skin to keep spots at bay (as it dries on to skin and contains oil absorbing kaolin clay).
Ayuuri Naturals masks contain no parabens, SLS or mineral oil. They are not animal tested and are free from artificial ingredients.
The list of ingredients for this products shows a range of natural fruit extracts such as licorice, goji berry and papaya. Papaya is a good natural ingredient to use for exfoliation without being too harsh. I will be using other products in this range – reviews to follow.
Other uses for turmeric – Turmeric is a brilliant spice for teeth whitening!. This may actually sound strange, as anyone who uses turmeric knows how much it stains everything it comes into contact with. However its stain removal properties on teeth are quite impressive (i’m still not sure how and why it works, but it does)..
Make a paste of turmeric with a tiny amount of water. Use a separate toothbrush and dip it into the paste, brush the teeth (concentrate on the front ones) for at least 2 minutes. Do this once a day over 3-4 days. After the 4th day you may notice that any yellow staining from tea/coffee will have faded and teeth will look a few shades whiter.