Part of the ginger family and originating in South Asia, the turmeric plant is known the world over. This plant thrives in a tropical climate with lots of rainfall. It is the stems of the turmeric plant that are harvested.
These stems go through a drying process before being pounded to produce the yellow powder that most of us recognise as being turmeric.
The popular uses of turmeric are very well known. A tasty spice, a clothes dye and for medicinal purposes such as burn treatment. However many people are not aware that turmeric can also be used effectively as a skin lightener.
So Why is Turmeric Such An Effective Skin Lightener?
It is the melanin in our skin that determines the shade and tone that our skin takes on. Turmeric is able to decrease the amount of melanin in the skin and so lighten areas were a person may have skin discoloration.
How Can I Use Turmeric For Skin Lightening?
Buy Quality Ingredients
When shopping for turmeric try to purchase the spice from an Indian or Ethnic store where you can be sure that you are receiving a pure and quality form of turmeric.
If you have an organic shop take a look for turmeric there, you may pay a little more than the supermarket prices but you can be confident that what you’re about to put on your skin is free of nasty chemicals. Your shopping list should include turmeric and two fresh limes, if possible buy organic limes.
Making the Skin Lightening Paste
The ratio for making the paste should be as follows:
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 3 tablespoons of lime juice.
To create a smooth paste strain the lime juice first. Mix the two ingredients together well and apply to the area of your skin where the discolouration is. Leave the turmeric paste to work its magic for fifteen minutes then wash off.
When washing off the paste use only lukewarm water. Using soap or other such products can cleanse the face too much and result in receiving no benefits from the paste, not the desired result!
This skin lightening paste can be used every day until you have reached a skin lightening level that you are happy with.
Consider Using a Natural Oil
For a deeper treatment turmeric can be mixed with a natural oil. Some good choices for oils are as follows:
- Olive oil
- Almond oil
- Coconut oil
- Castor oil.
When preparing the treatment start by mixing one teaspoon of turmeric powder with one teaspoon of the your chosen oil. Add a little more oil as is necessary to create a good consistency for spreading on the desired area.
This oil and turmeric mix can be applied to the area of skin you wish to lighten and left on as an overnight treatment.
Will Turmeric Give My Skin Any Other Benefits?
Indeed it will! Not only can turmeric successfully lighten the skin where needed but it can also give the following benefits:
- Turmeric has anti inflammatory properties so can effectively reduce skin inflammation and blemishes.
- Since turmeric has antibacterial properties it can treat acne and pimples as part of a mixed treatment.
- Turmeric has anti-aging properties and not only can it treat dry skin, but can also assist in giving the skin a younger and more youthful appearance.
- Turmeric can also treat the skin from the inside out. When used in cooking this spice aids in blood purification so that the healthy natural glow on the inside radiates to the outside.
What Are Some Other Skin Recipes Using Turmeric?
Recipe for Healthy Skin With a Clear Glow
- Turmeric powder
- Rice powder
- Tomato juice
Mix the turmeric powder and rice powder together in equal measure. Add a little milk and a little tomato juice so that you have a paste consistency. Apply to the face and leave the natural mask to work for around 30 minutes. Rinse the paste off with lukewarm water. Enjoy your glowing and radiant complexion!
Turmeric Powder as a Body Scrub
- Turmeric powder
- Gram powder
Mix the two powders together with a little water to form a scrub consistency. Use the body scrub on the shower to give your body a wonderful natural treat. Used regularly this scrub can clear up blemishes and give your full body a wonderful glow.
Indeed turmeric powder has many wonderful uses from spicing up a recipe to a wonderful dye for clothes and from clearing up pimples and blemishes to fighting back the years and giving younger, healthier and glowing skin.
Not to forget that turmeric is also a very effective ingredient as a skin-lightener. So before you reach for one of those commercial skin lightening products why not let nature give you a helping hand. Turmeric – a natural skin lightener.