Looks like the beauty industry is turning to the Middle East for some inspiration – in particular the use of turmeric as an anti-inflammatory.
Scientists have discovered the effective properties of turmeric on oily skin and complexions prone to breakout. Many of the beauty brands, including Kiehl’s and Tata Harper, have now incorporated the ingredient.
Not only can it control the excess oil production in the skin it also adds a glow thanks to the sebum-balancing properties. It can also sooth dry skin and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Try a DIY paste on effect areas by mixing a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, one teaspoon of turmeric and a squeeze of lemon and apply twice a day.
Want even better results? Start adding pinch of turmeric to some of your favourite dishes, the fresher the better. The earthy flavour is perfect for curries, soups, juices, stews and many love to include it in the coconut milk for ‘golden milk’. Those anti-inflammatory properties will boost your body with antioxidants which will reflect in your complexion.
For us basking in all-year-round sunshine, turmeric can reduce UV-damage when applied to the skin, and if you take supplements then you can expect a decrease in collagen breakdown, dark circles, signs of acne, redness and even hair loss.