Natural beauty wizard Kristin Collins Jackson is back, this time with some unexpected and incredibly effective uses for turmeric. Turmeric possesses numerous health benefits but can often be tricky to use in DIY skincare recipes. I personally use it almost everyday in food and beverages, but I've always been a bit confused by how to use it in skincare recipes given how badly it stains my fingers when I'm preparing it. Thankfully Kristin has spent a lot of time experimenting with this potent plant and has shared her favorite recipes below. Enjoy! Xoxo Alexis
There are plenty of trends in natural skincare that come and go, but there is one ingredient that has a safe, permanent home in my beauty regimen: turmeric has prevented acne, relieved painful cystic acne, and improved my complexion. This popularity of turmeric would be annoying if it weren't continuously saving more faces through at home recipes than botched at home curry recipes. Turmeric never had a bad rap, but turning everything it touches orange often leads people to shy away from this herb without a full understanding of what you could be missing out on.
You may know turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, but the main component used to reduce swelling is a unique antioxidant called curcumin. Since it's also naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, you can count on turmeric being able to naturally take care of severe acne and moderate eczema. The naturally brightening properties are ideal for those with pigmented skin that suffer from hyper-pigmentation and acne scars and anyone can find benefits from using turmeric as an exfoliate or reduces wrinkles and promoting a glowing complexion.
The most common way to use turmeric is in its powdered form, though the potency of the curcumin can be lost through the process of making turmeric powder, it's still got a bunch of healthy nutrients. The way you use turmeric powder, root, and oil depends on the recipe your making and the intention behind the recipe. Allow me to serve as your turmeric tour guide by sharing some of my favorite recipes! Don't worry, using turmeric doesn't have to result in an orange face.
1. Turmeric For A Body Wash
Since I've been soap-free for some years now, I've got lots of practice finding a daily body wash that removes dirt without stripping my bod of its natural oils. Adding turmeric to my favorite homemade body wash has also kept body acne to a minimum. For this recipe, I used 1 heaping tablespoon of raw honey, 1 tablespoon of calendula, 2 tablespoons of chamomile, and a teaspoon of turmeric. Put the calendula, chamomile, and turmeric in a disposable tea bag, and place in 4 ounces of hot filtered water, adding the honey directly to tea. Remove the tea bag after 5 minutes and allow to cool naturally. Store your cleanser in a sealable container with a pump and store in the fridge for future use. Discard after 2 weeks.
2. Turmeric For A Stimulating Exfoliate
I'm no stranger to needing coffee in the mornings, most of the time I find when I need a cup of coffee? My face needs a coffee scrub that will erase the appearance of poor sleeping habits displayed all over my face. For this mask, I blended 2 tablespoons of brewed coffee grounds, 1 tablespoon of oatmeal, and added a teaspoon of turmeric. After you make your coffee scrub base, add balancing ingredients like milk, brewed herbs, or honey to loosen the consistency of the scrub, you don't want a harsh exfoliate that will irritate your skin. Apply your mask on makeup free skin and rinse with lukewarm water.
3. Turmeric To Fight Cystic Acne
I like to believe that cystic acne is in my past, but those hormonal outbreaks will creep up if I'm overindulging in sugar or dairy. One of my accomplices for these outbreaks is this turmeric mask because it's antibacterial, sloths off dead skin cells, and can stop the cyst before it becomes painfully inflamed and scarred. For this mask, I use a combination of baking soda, raw honey, turmeric, and apple cider vinegar. For my 5oz container, I used a tablespoon of ACV, 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder, 2 ounces of raw honey. I add enough baking soda to make a thick paste, which was about 2 ounces. Since baking soda is very alkalizing, start with an ounce and test it out first. This recipe is to control oil build-up and combat cysts, those with dry skin may want to use only 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
4. Turmeric To Brighten Teeth
It may seem odd that something notorious for turning your hands orange could brighten your teeth, but trust me, turmeric is even recommended by some dentists as a natural remedy for your pearly whites. I made a toothpaste with turmeric recently and my roomie and I couldn't believe how slick and white our teeth felt, it actually made our teeth feel even cleaner than the natural brands we had been purchasing. You can incorporate it in your favorite natural toothpaste recipe or use it solely for its whitening properties using equal parts coconut oil and baking soda and 2 parts turmeric.
5. Turmeric Body Butter For Dry Skin
Having a few clients with eczema means I'm always on the look-out for natural ingredients that can moisturize the skin while alleviating painful inflammation. This simple body butter only involves 2 ingredients: turmeric oil and shea butter. As I mentioned above, turmeric root preserves many of the important antioxidants and turmeric oil gets bonus points for not being as messy or as staining as its powdered counterpart. Add 3 ounces of shea butter and 1 ounce of turmeric oil in a blender and you've got yourself a homemade butter that lasts.