Curcumin, the main ingredient in turmeric, is very benign, with many benefits to health, supported in most cases by reputable studies.
Turmeric is a rhizome plant related to the ginger family. The extract is produced by a process of filtering and concentrating what is most quintessential from fresh turmeric. After harvesting and rinsing fresh turmeric, manufacturers peel the turmeric, remove resin acids, then slice and dry it.
Slices of completely dried turmeric are crushed into powder and screened to remove all impurities. The final step is to separate the essential oil to get an extract with the highest content of curcumin.
The extract has many beneficial effects in skin care and beauty. With strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatory and bactericidal agents, it can effectively reduce skin melanin, nourish skin, slow down aging and treat melasma, freckles, acne, scars, and other skin complaints.
Four simple recipes use turmeric extract for face masks which help solve basic skin problems such as acne and whitening, or moisturising dry and oily skin.
Acne: ½ teaspoon of turmeric extract + 1 teaspoon of yogurt
Skin whitening: ½ teaspoon of turmeric extract + 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
Oily skin: ½ teaspoon of turmeric extract + 1 teaspoon of honey
Dry skin: ½ teaspoon of turmeric extract + 1 teaspoon of coconut milk
In each case, spread the mask on evenly and leave it for about 20 minutes. Rinse it off in the shower, and finish by applying your preferred moisturiser.