Turmeric can even out skin tone but use with caution. This practice dates back to the ancient Middle East during bridal ceremonies to give the bride a glow before the ceremony. Most of these women have an olive skin tone, if you’re pale like me (with olive hues) then it will also make your skin prone to sun damage. After your toning, just be sure to put on a decent sunblock. I use Avalon Organics sunblock for face with Vitamin C.
To understand what Turmeric is, you have to first understand that the main active ingredient is: curcumin. While Turmeric has been used in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years, it’s wise to be hip to what it actually does. In my cursory research, I found that many people recommended it to treat acne but I couldn’t find any Scientific Studies conducted on humans for the treatment of acne. I did however find some that demonstrated topical use for anti-inflammatory and anti-fungus treatments but both were out performed by pharmaceuticals. Still, I think people (much like myself) are looking for natural treatments that do less harm than good. My skin is sensitive and even using the wrong moisturizer could cause it to break out or get scaly and itchy. It drives me nuts but that’s the lot I’ve been dealt. I’ve used this stuff for a while and my skin reacts great to it.
I’ve read some claim that Turmeric will increase sun sensitivity but I found THIS STUDY that doesn’t coincide. I’d wear sunblock anyway because harmful UV rays can cause anything from freckles to sun spots. I have both so anything I can do to reduce these is a plus. Twice a year I do a low TCA% acid peel (only 8%) which just fast-tracks a good exfoliation. It can not only get rid of damaged skin but give you a fresh faced even tone. Some women go to the extreme using very high percentages, usually to treat acne scars. While I can empathize with wanting to go deep and fade it out fast, you can also cause damage to your skin.
Turmeric can also act as an anti-aging product but it’s mostly because of the grains act like an exfoliate that slough off dead skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It’s safe enough to use under your eyes but avoid the upper lids. Word to the wise, this stuff is YELLOW and can potentially dye your skin. I usually apply a mix to my face with a brush but this last run, I was rushing and just used my hands and washed it off immediately with soap.
The next morning I woke up to yellow palms, I mean REALLY Yellow. Then I remembered that I sometimes add Turmeric to my Henna for a deep amber stain and duh! I don’t know what the hell I was thinking (I wasn’t). Wear gloves and use a brush!
Here’s what I do:
In a small glass dish I add:
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Honey
1 tsp Milk (2%) Lactic Acid helps the process
I mix that up until I get a nice golden consistency similar to pancake mix. Then (typically) brush it on with a cosmetic brush. The gloves come in handy so you can use your finger tips to work in a circular motion to exfoliate. I put on a headband for this, line the hair-line with coconut oil to avoid staining my hair. Brunettes don’t usually have to worry about this but if you’re platinum like me, you’ll get a high yellow hair line that looks ridiculous.
There’s plenty of face mask recipes out there you can search, this one works wonders for my skin which is normal – oily. I pass over once with a brush, let it partially dry and then layer on a second. I usually keep it on from 30 mins to an hour, then rinse with luke warm water, and finally a Cetaphil wash to get any residual stuff left behind. Use a gentle wash cloth to make sure you remove all of it. Some women experience a slight dye to their skin but I think that’s just residue. If you wash it off completely it won’t stain your face like it did the palm of my hands. Completely different textures.
Turmeric is also recommended as a skin-lightening treatment (especially for dark spots and freckles), I’ve not used it for that so I can’t speak from personal experience but it seems to be the mixture of acids from fruits/veggies with the Turmeric (several recipes called for Lemon Juice and/or Cucumber Juice). I haven’t noticed any dramatic effects to my freckles using the mix I do, which leads me to believe it’s mostly the citric acid if people are experiencing any effects at all.
Mostly, I just experience an even tone and a slight improvement to any dark circles under my eyes. I have sunken eye pits (had them my whole life) (Un-touched photo before the Mask. ) so dark circles just exaggerate them and make me look tired even when I’m not.
I don’t know about you but I’m not going down without a fight!