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How To Use Turmeric Skin Cream

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How To Use Turmeric Skin Cream

You may have noticed this word popping up in skincare products in recent years, but turmeric has been present in both beauty spaces and international cuisine for centuries. It's not just a passing trend.

Turmeric is a staple in every Indonesian household and used in the herbal wellness tradition of Jamu, which inspired the entire skincare line at JUARA. It's emblematic of what we're all about - the best of what nature has to offer, backed by evidence from the scientific community.

Using turmeric skin creams, face sprays, serums, or masks can make a major difference in the health and appearance of your skin.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa), has been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties, according to an overview of studies entitled "Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence."

This scientific review examines the evidence of positive health benefits of both topical and ingested turmeric, but we'll focus on how you can use topical forms to address certain skin issues and improve your overall complexion. After all, with turmeric's ability to diminish acne scars, eczema, and oxidative stress, there's plenty of content to cover.

So, let's get to our list of how you can use turmeric to improve various skin conditions. Here are 3 things turmeric can do for you.

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1. Decrease UV damage and turn back time

We've talked a lot about free radicals in past posts, but if you're not familiar, here's a quick overview of these microscopic wrecking balls of beauty.

Free radicals are unstable molecules that basically steal electrons from nearby stable molecules, which creates a chain reaction and causes cellular damage. Eventually, there is deterioration that translates to older, tired-looking skin. This oxidative stress occurs when there are too many free radicals wreaking havoc, and not enough antioxidants in the body to fight back.

If not addressed or prevented, free radical damage can lead to more serious diseases. So what can one do about all of this?

First, it helps to minimize exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and other environmental toxins that cause oxidative stress. Never underestimate the power of SPF. It's one of the most effective ways to reduce the impact of UV rays.

Protect your skin whenever possible. Use sunscreen or find some shade. You'll get style points and skin benefits if you don stylish sunglasses and a fabulous hat, so it's really a win-win situation.

Secondly, there are several sources of antioxidants that can assist you in this fight against free radicals.  We've often touted vitamin C or green tea as stellar examples of antioxidants commonly found in skincare. Well, the antioxidants in turmeric can also take the bullet for you.

The curcumin in turmeric gives up its own electrons to neutralize free radicals and rescues your skin cells in the process. It turns out that this common spice has some superpowers.

There is also a growing body of evidence that turmeric stimulates collagen synthesis, which is the protein that provides structure and support for bodily tissue. Since collagen production slows down as we age, this is yet another way turmeric can give aging skin a little lift (literally).

Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric oil an essential oil or body creams

Product Spotlight: Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum

Turmeric protects skin from potential damage, and in doing so decreases early signs of aging. That's why it was a no-brainer to bring it into one of our most effective anti-aging formulas.

JUARA Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum brightens, tightens, and lightens skin. This blend of botanicals - turmeric, clove flower, goji, green tea, watermelon, and more -  has been referred to as "Botox in a bottle" for a reason.

The results are almost immediate, and with repeated use you'll see a more radiant, youthful complexion.

The hyaluronic acid draws moisture to the epidermis, while the turmeric, algae, and green tea lend their free-radical fighting power to the mix. The added hydration, powerful antioxidants, and cell-supporting ingredients give this serum its firming effects and help diminish fine lines and wrinkles.

This super-powered serum will even out skin tone so that discoloration and sunspots are less noticeable.

You can use this serum to soften, smooth, and rejuvenate your skin at the start of the day, and again as you head to bed. Apply the anti-aging serum to your face and neck, massaging it in circular motions. Once the serum has been absorbed, you can move on to the final step - your favorite JUARA moisturizer.

The alcohol-free and oil-free serum is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and blemish-prone skin. Since those with mature skin may still suffer from acne or occasional breakouts, this is really good news.

2. Attack acne and soothe irritated skin

As alluded to above, turmeric is beneficial for those who deal with blemishes. Sometimes dirt, dead skin cells, and oil get trapped in pores, causing infection and unwanted whiteheads and blackheads. 

Often the cause is genetic, but can be exacerbated by certain foods or environmental conditions. Some people produce excess sebum, or aren't shedding skin cells at a healthy rate.

Whether it's the occasional pimple that pops up or recurring blemishes that are the bane of your existence, nobody likes dealing with breakouts.

Since turmeric has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, it can fight back against acne-causing bacteria. So when you're in the middle of a breakout, turmeric can help keep the bacteria from spreading further, leaving you with a radiant skin care routine

Given that inflammation often accompanies breakouts, it's a big deal that turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. It will reduce inflammation as well as the redness that all too often rides shotgun with pimples. 

You can't scrub or wash away acne. In fact, if you do attempt that, you can over-dry your face and do more damage than good. As stated above, the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds of turmeric help one's complexion come clean.

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Spotlight on DIY spot treatments

Some folks drink turmeric tea to treat blemishes, but people have seen improvements by applying turmeric topically as well. Many have used turmeric powder as a natural skin treatment or spot treatment for acne. It can remove excess oil and work all of its aforementioned magic on your complexion.

If you want to try a DIY solution, mix a small amount of turmeric with a few drops of coconut oil and apply it to the affected area. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then use a gentle face wash or simply rinse with lukewarm water, and pat dry. 

Alternatively, try mixing turmeric with water or sesame oil, and apply to blemishes or scars. You can also mix a small about of turmeric with lemon juice to make a paste. Dab it on pimples, then rinse it off after 15 minutes.

Turmeric may even help with acne scarring, given its often-touted wound healing properties and capacity for gentle exfoliation.

Use turmeric powder turmeric oil essential oils for skin treatment rinse with warm water

3. Brighten skin and boost your natural glow

The brightening effect is an oft-mentioned benefit of using turmeric topically. It is known to improve uneven skin tone, diminish dark circles, and leave skin luminous. So let's give a quick nod to the natural beauty movement for bringing broader awareness to this well-loved miracle-working root.

Our JUARA turmeric eye cream can help uncover your natural glow. As we've already covered, turmeric contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Both of these qualities can bring life and luster to a previously dull complexion.

You may have seen turmeric listed on the label of a face scrub or mask. Turmeric's texture can act as an excellent exfoliator, but more than that, it's a great natural ingredient to have working along with other botanicals. It magnifies the benefits of other skincare elements.

You might want to try a turmeric face mask to see if it works well for you - especially if you're trying to get rid of those under eye bags. If you want to go the DIY route, you can mix Greek yogurt, honey, and a little turmeric together. Smooth the mask on your face, leave it there for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water.

Another recipe you can try is to mix 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel with 10 drops of turmeric essential oil and 1 teaspoon of argan oil. You can apply this mask before you go to bed, and just let it soak into your skin overnight.

Ground turmeric is not just for Indian food but diy masks as well

Now, with that said, we think there's a better option when it comes to face masks - one where you can completely avoid the possibility of poor quality products or misguided measurements.

You can opt for a product that's been proven to work and has overwhelmingly positive reviews.

Product Spotlight: Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask

Our JUARA Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask brings about a brighter, more refined, and refreshed complexion. Apply it tonight and you'll see how a slightly brighter face greets you in the morning.

Then, just imagine the look and feel of your face after weeks or months of regular use. You'll look like the bright shining star that you know you are. This is the dewy, glow-getting mask you've been looking for.

Since the Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask is a non-drying, non-hardening mask, you can even leave it on overnight. It was inspired by an Indonesian spa treatment, which is why it feels so indulgent and soothing.

Turmeric's antioxidants work away at the surface layers of sun damage, doing away with dark spots and fine lines. Little by little, it brings about a brighter you. It helps your body heal itself, and gives you a gorgeous glow.

This moisturizing and brightening face enzyme mask is packed with nourishing, natural ingredients inspired by Jamu recipes. It contains kaolin clay, candlenut oil, turmeric, carrot seed oil, and more.

Kaolin clay balances skin and gently exfoliates without over-drying. The candlenut oil with its essential fatty acids penetrates deeply to hydrate and soften the skin. This fatty content enhances the delivery of the curcumin.

Whether you have oily or dry skin, this mask is an MVP and very possibly will be your new BFF.

Additional benefits of turmeric for skin health

Turmeric has a whole host of benefits for the body.

We didn't even have the chance to talk about how some people use it to treat stretch marks and other scars, or how Curcuma aeruginosa essential oil slowed hair growth in women's underarms in a randomized, double-blinded trial.  

Turmeric has also been known to lessen lesions associated with plaque psoriasis. In addition, some folks with eczema or atopic dermatitis have found its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and wound-healing properties beneficial when part of a broader treatment program.

Of course, for someone with any moderate or severe ailment such as the ones just mentioned, the best course of action is to consult a dermatologist and discuss a comprehensive plan.

If you've been waiting to add turmeric to your beauty routine, there's no time like the present to look for it in serums, face creams, or body creams. Since we weren't able to cover all the benefits, you can take some time to discover a bit more by watching this video below:

Before we send you off to contemplate all the wonders of this natural ingredient, here's a quick note about potential side effects:

While there's a low risk when it comes to side effects of turmeric, it's always a good idea to do a patch test when trying something new, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Simply place a small amount of a product with turmeric on a patch of skin. If there are any adverse reactions, then you might want to follow up with a dermatologist to see if you have an allergy.

Generally, when people experience side effects, it's from a DIY mask or cream with too much turmeric powder, which can temporarily stain skin with a yellow color.  While something like that will fade with exfoliation and time, it's one more reason to go with brands you trust. 

If you get a stain from a diy recipe use apple cider vinegar to remove it

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