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Turmeric – The Good, Bad and the Ugly

 

Let’s get ugly out of the way first! I am often asked by folks if our turmeric mask will stain their face. A few people have hesitantly confessed to getting a yellow tint after making their own turmeric masks…Horrifying! Turmeric is very popular nowadays and there are many DIY recipes out there – be careful!  I find that the key to avoiding these effects and maximize the many wonderful skin benefits of this super spice is follow three rules: 1) Quality; 2) Type; and 3) Ingredients.

 

  1. Quality: I have found that often times the turmeric I find in stores is a bright orange color and on testing it, it does certainly stain. I suspect it has added dye to make it look more vibrant and fresh!  So the most important thing is to find good quality turmeric.

 

  1. Type:  Finding quality turmeric is critical but the wrong type of turmeric can also get ‘ugly’. Curcumin Longa is the yellow turmeric that is used in curry while Curcumin Aromatica is wild turmeric that is yellow brown in color and recommended for facial products as it does not stain. To counterbalance any staining effects with the beauty qualities of these types of turmeric, we use both types in our mask.

 

  1. Ingredients: Once you’ve have the proper mix of quality and type of turmeric, the third tenant to a great turmeric mask is having the right ingredients. The right type and combination of oils or lemon juice help prevent staining.  In our mask we use organic coconut oil. Given the right ingredients, also making sure the mask is on the skin for the appropriate time (no more than 20 minutes) is important to avoid any staining effects – especially if you skin is very fair or have larger pores.

 

The bad: Turmeric does stain…our mask may not stain your skin, but it does stain counters and cloth. Ensuring you have all the right tools to apply the mask and taking care not to spill will eliminate this issue. For this reason, our masks come with bowl, spoon and brush to avoid needing new utensils when applying this mask.  When mixing the products for your mask, you want to achieve the right thick and smoothie consistency so that the mask will stick to your face and not drip down – watch our how to videos on our product descriptions and exercise caution when applying the mask for the first time till you get the hang of it. Just don’t wear your favorite shirt when you put on this mask!

 

The good:  This could be long! But I’ll try to keep it short. Turmeric has been used for generations in India for its beauty benefits. It is known to help with multiple skin issues – acne, scars, uneven complexion and dull aging skin. Turmeric has antiseptic properties that can help reduce acne while it’s anti-inflammatory properties can reduce redness and even out skin tone. With consistent use, it can also lighten the appearance of acne scars. As a rule, it takes 3-4 weeks of consistent use for any cosmetic product to see long term results, however most people tell me they love the way their skin feels even after their first use. Most often I hear that their skin feels softer and looks fresher.  For me, I find it discourages acne, but the best benefit is how my skin looks the next day – it glows!

 

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