Tumeric – the spice for skin!

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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.   

 

 

 

 

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Drink yourself to good skin!…..


Those who know me well know that I love tea.
I have been drinking Red Bush (aka Rooibos tea) for a while now since I switched from my usual black tea a couple of years ago.  It takes a bit of getting used to but for me, has now become a tasty and healthier alternative to my usual cuppa….

Red bush tea is naturally caffeine free and is low in tannins.  Its great to drink last thing at night as it will not keep you up.  It contains similar amounts of polyphenols and has been shown to have anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral activity. This tea originates from South Africa, where its skin benefits are widely known. Red bush tea is applied directly to skin to treat all kinds of conditions in South Africa. It is great especially if you have a problem with acne, eczema, scarring, imflammation or tend to suffer from skin allergies. It makes the skin more stable and more resiliant. Red bush tea it is great for neutralising free radical damage caused by sunlight and environmental factors due to its high antioxidant level. Another name for red bush tee is rooibos, which means ‘red bush’ in afrikaans.

Click here to visit the red bush tea company site to find out more, where it is available and to order your free sample.