Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is native plant of southwest India belonging to ginger family and popular as key ingredient in making curries. The rhizomes is edible freshly or dried and ground up into fine powders. Due to its aromatic and slightly bitter and peppery taste, turmeric has long been used as Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for more than 4000 years to treat stomach illness. Among its wide ranges of health benefits, turmeric is working well on skin both to treat and beautify skin area. Following are among beneficial effects of turmeric.
Number one is to boost healing. Plenty of studies have shown that turmeric contributes to speed up healing both in animals and human. They show that women undergoing caesarean section have their wound healing faster using turmeric cream. Studies also found that turmeric extract is able to correct oily skin. Sebaceous glands beneath skin secrete oils and waxes to prevent extreme drying to the skin and in normal condition they help epidermis retaining moisture so the skin kept soft and supple. However, excessive oil skin related with overactive sebaceous gland may lead to cysts, acne and other disturbing conditions to skin. Four weeks of treatments with turmeric cream would decrease skin oils significantly by twice a day application.
Number two is that the turmeric extract has capability to protect our skin particularly face area from damage due to sun exposure. Prolonged exposure to the sun ray will lead to face becomes wrinkled, sagging and spotted to some areas hence making person looks older than his/her biological age. In addition, spider veins would appear that is the dilation of small blood vessels under skins. Turmeric does well for this purpose due to its ability to inhibit increased MMP-2 which is responsible to degrade collagen.
Number three, turmeric as anti aging treatment has capability to counteract aging and age-related disease effects thanks to its dynamic antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is beneficial and safe spice that should be considered seriously if you want to prevent your aging process. Study shows that persons who used moisturizing creams containing turmeric twice a day for eight weeks had their wrinkles and lines disappeared while dark spots and skin pigment change had reduced about 15%.
Number Four is related with severely disease protection. Curcumin has long been recognized as incredible anti cancer treatment which kill tumor cells selectively and leave the normal cells alive as evidenced by many studies. To the same vein, turmeric is also able to induce apoptosis or programmed cell death to some cancer cells. Some studies even show that curcumin and turmeric have great capability to prevent tumor growth and keeps its size small. Other health related benefit of turmeric is its cap ability to treat chronic skin conditions by relieving symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, rosacea and other conditions. It is found to halt inflammation and simultaneously protects skin by promoting collgan production.
Turmeric is available in different ways including oral capsules, in foods, and topical application. Using turmeric directly to skin face and body will give refreshing and rehydrating effect to skin. We can buy turmeric cream or make it ourselves.