*Written by Chetana
Turmeric, commonly known as Haldi in India, is a spice with multiple uses.It is widely used in India and China for curing many diseases, this yellow spice, which is part of the ginger family, is used to make Curry. Though the main usage still remains as being the chief ingredient in Indian culinary tradition, this wonder product of nature surely has many more impressive qualities. Turmeric is used in innumerable ways as from generations it has a lot of benefits for skin and hair.
Turmeric, both in the raw as well as the powdered form is widely used for cooking and many forms of skincare. Turmeric has been known to contain numerous antioxidants as well as antibacterial properties. Giving you amazing benefits for your skin, hair and health .
Here are the top ten benefits of turmeric for skin and hair.
1. Anti Bacterial Agent:
Turmeric has been used for generations as an antibacterial agent. Turmeric paste is still used to heal small cuts and burns. Turmeric heals wounds and helps to keep bacterial infections at bay.
2. Anti Aging:
Turmeric provides a great relief to aging skin. Haldi paste and haldi powder, for many years, have been a part of the beauty regimen. Even today brides and grooms celebrate ‘haldi’ as a ceremony where haldi paste is applied over their faces and body. Haldi powder or paste if mixed with equal amounts of besan and raw milk makes a great exfoliate and makes skin glow. Use this pack before bathing. Apply the pack generously over the face and body and then wait till it dries of. Then bathe without using any soap or body wash. For the face, you should scrub in circular motion.
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3. Facial Hair Control:
If applied daily, it has been seen that turmeric helps to slow the growth of facial hair which is a problem faced by many women. One needs to apply haldi daily over a period of time to see the difference. You will find the recipe here.
4. Improves Skin’s Elasticity:
Haldi helps to keep the skin looking young and fresh. As it contains many antioxidants, it is great for aging skin. It helps stimulate new cell growth and help keep the skin’s elasticity intact.
5. Lighten Pigmentation:
If you have pigmentation and discoloration then using turmeric will surely help. Turmeric is said to lighten pigmentation and even out skin tone. This is the reason why many natural skin care brands use haldi as an active ingredient.
6. Control Dandruff & Hair Loss
If you have itching scalp, dandruff or hair loss then turmeric is good for you. It has been proved that turmeric helps rejuvenate scalp health and gets rid of itchiness, dandruff as well as hair loss.
7. Control Oily Skin:
Women with oily skin will love turmeric. A mixture made with pure sandalwood paste (freshly prepared paste from pure sandalwood bar), turmeric and a bit of orange juice. Apply this paste on your face and leave it for 10 minutes. Once the pack dries off, use warm water to rinse the pack.
8. Lighten Stretch Marks:
Turmeric can help lighten stretch marks. Stretch marks often become a problem for ladies and a mixture of turmeric, besan and raw milk/rose water/yogurt will help lighten the marks and even out the skin tone. The pack should be applied daily and kept until it dries completely.
9. Cures Acne:
Turmeric helps to keep acne away and also helps to heal acne. There are simple ways of using turmeric to cure pimples , one is by using turmeric powder mixed with sandalwood paste helps to heal acne and applying raw turmeric mixed with few drops of rosewater helps lighten the spots too.
10. Heals Cracked Heels:
Make a mixture of castor/coconut oil and add a bit of turmeric powder. Apply this on your cracked heels and areas where skin has become excessively dry. Not only does this heal the cracked heels faster, but it also helps to make the heels softer.
As these are all natural preparations you must use them on a regular basis to see the desired turmeric benefits for your skin and hair. Hope these will help you to appreciate the wonderful boon of nature.
Chetana is an Amateur Makeup artist from India and Founder of StyleCraze.com – India’s largest beauty network. She is completely addicted to Makeup & beauty especially the Color play and the process involved.
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