10 Amazing Turmeric Benefits For Youthful Skin & Great Hair

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 much 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.

Turmeric benefits for skin and hair

Top 10 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 the haldi paste is applied to 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 off. 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. Heal 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 your 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.
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  1. I studied that Turmeric has been used as beauty product over the centuries. I will try turmeric hair mask. I want to share my mom recipe which she used to get rid of stretch marks. Mixture (gram flour) and turmeric in yoghurt/raw milk/water. Apply on your skin for one hour then wash it off. I hope it help. Thanks for sharing the post with us
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  2. Mostly I heard that this turmeric powder was useful for skins especially in face. While reading this post I came to know that turmeric is also used for hair problem also. For now onwards I also take it for my hair problems.

  3. I’m slightly confused.. does turmeric help stimulate hair growth or slow it down? I see that it says that it does both and I am wondering how this is possible? Is it the way that turmeric is used (consumed, applied, mixed, etc.)? Thank you

    • Turmeric is found to remove thin and delicate facial hair when applied over a period of time. Raw turmeric for efficient hair removal also depends on many other factors: type of hair, thickness of hair. If the reason behind the hair loss is scalp infections and dandruff, in such cases curcumin (active component) present in turmeric helps to cure the infection, itching and soothes the scalp and removes flaking. Thus contributes to hair growth.
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  4. Hi Dima,

    Thanks for your beauty tips,if using turmeric for hair and face, how to prevent not getting yellow color?, because turmeric has strong yellow color which doesn’t wash away just with water, I am afraid if I put turmeric mask on my face or hair getting yellow color, what’s your suggestion ?

    Kind regards
    Honey

    • Hi !
      That’s a good question! It is always recommended to try facial masks ( and hair masks) on a small portion of your face( or hair) in case it may irritate sensitive skin or adds a yellowish tone. You may try the facial mask at night and wash your face once again in the morning, it does give a yellow tone to your face, but it is gone after a second wash.
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    • I used the turmeric mask…. Leave it for 20 minutes and then wash your face….what I did after is mixing sugar with milk and scrubing my face with it for about three times. It will reduce the yellowness but will not eleminate it…. Of course the more you wash your face the less the yellow…. But water alone will not get rid of the stain.
      Hope this helps :-)

  5. Thanks for sharing. It has been 3 years since I suffer the problem of hair loss. I tried out all oils, hair care products, nothing could fix my hair. One of my friends said about going to a clinic for hair transplant Toronto. And yeah, I am considering a hair transplantation. I don’t think green tea could do anything more because it is just countable hairs left in my head!
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  6. This informative article was previously beneficial. I do not identify which you are however definitely you will some sort of renowned blog writer for those who are certainly not previously. Many thanks!

  7. Hey Dima I’m a guy and I want to use turmeric for skin whitening (as I’m severely sun-tanned) but I don’t understand that it inhibits facial hair growth………
    I don’t want to lose my stubble :(

  8. I love using tumeric as facial masks. I mix tumeric powder with sugar-free yogurt, honey, a bit of lemon juice, and apply to my face twice a week. This really makes my skin feels smooth, well-hydrated, and also blurs blemishes.

  9. Hi
    Thanks for the numerous tips of turmeric benefit. But I’ll like to know if turmeric does help heals breast cancer and appendicitis.
    I hope to get a reply soon.
    Many thanks.

  10. My brother uses turmeric face mask , but he is really curious about , that will it affect his facial hair , as he wants a full thick beard , he read somewhere that it slows the growth of facial hair ?

    • In case of thin hair for women, turmeric powder is known to slow down the growth of facial hair and eventually stop it from re-growing.However, men’s hair is thicker and rough, hence turmeric will not be effective to remove beard on male skin.

    • Besan also known as gram flour, also known as garbanzo bean flour, chickpea flour, is a pulse flour made from ground chickpeas. Used in many countries, it is a staple ingredient in Indian, Pakistani, Nepali and Bangladeshi cuisines.

  11. Dima Al Mahsiri

    I am exceptionally keen on DIYs and face covers. Turmeric is exceptionally compelling in curing numerous skin issues. Much obliged Chetana for sharing these fascinating data at one spot.

    Dharmendar Rai

  12. please I need your help
    my facial hairs are getting too much..
    I just got the raw tumeric from a grocery store.
    how do I use it to stop hair growth.
    am a bit confused how it helps to grow hair and stop it as well.
    don’t want the hair on my face thicker and more.
    please help me….

    • In case of thin hair for women, turmeric powder is known to slow down the growth of facial hair and eventually stop it from re-growing.

      You can use this turmeric facial hair reducer recipe:

      Mix 1/4 tablespoon of haldi and with 1 tablespoon of gram flour, add water to form a paste, leave it on your face for 15 minutes, then rinse, if used regularly, you will start to see the difference in a month.

  13. There are many benefits of turmeric for skin that usually women take care of it.

    Turmeric is useful in the treatment of acne due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties that fight pimples and breakouts to provide a young glow to your skin. It also benefits for oily skin, dry skin and Turmeric, in combination with other ingredients, is effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps lighten stretch marks.

  14. In one article it says tumeric can cause air loss. In another article it says it can be effect to hair growth. I have been taking 450 mg daily now for about 6 months. My hair is falling out rapidly.

    • Hi Barbra,

      Sometimes you need to seek medical advice. Turmeric is great for your overall health in addition to your hair and skin. But when your hair is falling out rapidly, you should ask your doctor since there are many factors affecting your hair health.

  15. I’v used tumeric and yoghurt for aweek and i noticed good results.My question,is it okay if i use it daily or twice aday on my face?

    • Hi Susan,
      Glad that this mask has given you good results.
      If I were you, I would not use this mask more than 3 times a week. Exfoliating is good for your skin, but “Too much of anything is bad”. Excessive exfoliating will make your skin too sensitive, and your skin won’t have enough time to heal and produce new skin cells.

      Susan, the aim of exfoliating is to remove dead skin and help your skin regenerate new healthy skin cells, so you have to give it time to do that.
      If you have oily skin, and this mask did not cause any irritation to your skin, you can exfoliate up to 3 times a week. On the other hand, normal to dry skin should only exfoliate 1-2 per week. Either ways, make sure to moisturize your skin afterward.
      This post will also help you learn more about exfoliating your skin.