There are certain ingredients that you just know yield a ton of health benefits because they're touted so often — and one of them is unarguably turmeric. Highly lauded for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric has been used in Eastern cultures for hundreds of years and has only really become popular in the Western world recently. Fun fact: For those who don't know, turmeric powder is actually made from the root of Curcuma zedoaria, which is a form of ginger native to Southeast Asia. Now, are you curious to know the benefits of turmeric for your skin? If so, you've come to the right place, because in this installment of #IngredientCheck, we're talking all about turmeric and how it can help improve your skin health.
Simply keep on scrolling for the lowdown.
First, what makes turmeric so good for you?
It's simple: Turmeric gets its potent anti-inflammatory properties from its active ingredient, curcumin, which is also what gives it that bright yellow-orange hue. It's also a strong antioxidant, meaning it can help to neutralize harmful free radicals that are damaging to the body.
The Benefits of Turmeric for Skin
Because turmeric has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, it does a well-spring of good for the skin. Additionally, it has antimicrobial properties that effective kill fungi and bacteria on the skin. Here are a few ways it can help your complexion.
- It can brighten skin and lighten hyperpigmentation
- It can reduce redness and irritation
- It can help quell eczema and psoriasis symptoms
- It can aid in restoring and combatting dry skin
- It helps regulate sebum production
- It can help clear up blemishes
How to use turmeric in your routine
Turmeric can be used in your skincare regimen in several different ways, including in powder form to create a DIY face mask (combine with honey and plain Greek yogurt and you're good to go!) or cleanser. That, or infused in a face oil, as many brands are selling them these days since turmeric is such a popular ingredient now.
Another less ~conventional way to incorporate turmeric into your routine is to use our BYO Blush, which we specifically enriched with turmeric root extract because of all the great things it can do for your complexion. As a reminder: We formulated BYO as a bonafide skincare product with over 20 plant-based oils and extracts. Adding turmeric to the lineup was a no-brainer because it's both soothing and brightening — plus it helps to regulate oil production and won't clog pores. Need we say more?