7 Benefits of Turmeric for Skin & 4 Amazing Skincare Recipes

Cindy Warren
Friday, 30th June 2017

Four skin care recipes using turmeric and seven benefits of using it on your skin.

Turmeric, The Golden Herb, is known as a much treasured and versatile spice used in various dishes. However, turmeric has an extensive list of therapeutic properties. Your skin can greatly benefit from it, too. Why?

Many studies done in the last decades, confirm the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal properties of the turmeric powder.

Turmeric contains a multitude of healthy nutrients, including:

  • vitamins such as C, E, and K
  • minerals such as potassium calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc
  • volatile oils, such as tumerone and zingiberene
  • resins 
  • curcumin

Turmeric is a true Queen of Beauty, as it has been used for thousands of years in India in beauty regimes and skincare. Let’s see some benefits and amazing skincare recipes with turmeric.

#1 Antibacterial Squad

Turmeric has powerful antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial properties, so it is great for acne, infected wounds, cuts, bruises, etc. 

#2 Reduces Acne

Acne is a skin problem that affects not only teenagers but adults, too. If blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, acne scars plague your face, chest, or back, you may want to give a try to the golden turmeric. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, so it is exactly what your lovely skin needs.

Anti-acne treatment with turmeric, honey, and sandalwood

  • 1 tablespoon of raw Manuka Honey
  • ½ teaspoon of Sandalwood powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of Turmeric powder
  • 1 drop Tea Tree essential oil
  • 1 drop Lavender essential oil

1) Mix all ingredients to form a thick paste.

2) Apply it on your affected area (if the area is larger, like the chest, increase the quantities correspondently, as you need it).

3) Leave it on for 5-10 minutes.

4) Wash off with lukewarm water.

#3 Regulates Sebum glands and oil production

Oily skin and acne suffer from an excess sebum production. Turmeric comes to rescue, as it has been proven to be very good in regulating oil secretion in the skin.

#4 Brightens the Skin

What is yellow and it brightens the skin? Nah, you didn’t guess, it’s not lemon, it’s turmeric! Melanin, which is responsible for skin pigmentation, can be overproduced (giving you dark spots and a darker tone). Excessive melanin production can be caused by hormonal changes, excess sun exposure, burning, skin infections or irritations, etc.

The same curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant component in turmeric, can regulate the melanin production in the skin.

Light My Skin Mask

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 drop Sandalwood essential oil
  • 1 drop Frankincense essential oil 

1) Mix the ingredients together.

2) Apply on your face. Leave it on for 7-10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.

Tip: Do it at night, to avoid any skin coloration problem. This is also good because turmeric will work its magic while you sleep.

#5 Exfoliating Golden Dust

This precious golden fine herbal dust of turmeric can be used as a gentle scrub with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties included. That’s an AWESOME deal!

Exfoliating Turmeric Scrub

  • 1-2 tablespoons Oatmeal powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 drop Ylang-ylang essential oil (optional)

1) Mix all ingredients together, then add water little by little, to make a thick paste.

2) Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 5-7 minutes.

3) Wet your hands and then gently scrub it on your skin, in circular motion.

4) Wash your face with lukewarm water.

#6 Turns Back Time

No, it can’t pull you back into your youth years (it has no curious Benjamin Button powers) or erase from your system all those years of unhealthy eating and living, BUT turmeric can help you in lightly reversing the signs of aging.

Turmeric has powerful antioxidant qualities, and therefore, it can be greatly used in beauty regimes to slow down the aging process of your skin, accelerate and stimulate the growth of new skin cells, reduce wrinkles, and protect your skin from the damaging effects of oxidation.

#7 Speeds Up Skin Healing and Regeneration

Applied directly on the skin, on pimples, acne spots, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, as a facial mask, cream, lotion, or as an oil, turmeric helps accelerate the healing process and the skin regeneration.

Healing and Regenerating Cream with Turmeric

  • 3 oz. soft raw Shea butter cream
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Chamomile oil
  • 3 drops Tea tree oil

1) Buy a raw soft Shea cream, with no additives or fragrances added.

2) Add all the ingredients and mix well to incorporate.

3) Apply on the affected areas on your skin.

It moisturizes and softens the dry skin, soothes inflamed skin, heals the dry patches of psoriasis, etc.


Turmeric is also a natural dye, so you may want to consider the following tips before, while, and after you use it:

  • Turmeric may stain your face yellow, but don’t worry. Apply the turmeric remedy in the evening, rinse it off, and in the morning, do a gentle scrub or use a natural foaming soap or cleanser and the residual color will go away.
  • When you apply your turmeric remedies, be careful, as it will stain your clothes, if the mixture falls on you. So, use a big old towel around your shoulders and wear old clothes.
  • Use gloves when you apply the turmeric paste, as it will stain your nails.
  • Turmeric may stain your pillow if you apply a turmeric mask on your skin in the evening. Cover your pillow with an old towel to protect it and use colorful bed sheets.

Cindy Warren is a natural beauty blogger and has written a variety of articles on natural and organic skin care, especially on acne treatments. You could get connected with her on www.beskinhost.com. Or follow her Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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