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Timeless beauty aid: Turmeric

Timeless beauty aid: Turmeric
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Turmeric has been used in India since ancient times and is known for its health benefits. This humble spice with amazing natural ingredients has been used as a skincare ingredient to tackle skin trouble, heal cracked feet, get rid of dandruff

Turmeric, bright orange-yellow spice not only makes food tasty but works against acne, uneven skin tone and even on fine wrinkles. This humble spice with amazing natural ingredients has been used as a skincare ingredient to tackle skin trouble, heal cracked feet, get rid of dandruff for centuries by Indian Women.

Turmeric, the most powerful herb on the planet has played a role in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 10,000 years to treat stomach ailments, improve blood circulation, and heal skin wound.

The magic herb is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral powerhouse which offers a viable treatment and preventative for a variety of medical conditions like treatment of pancreatic cancer, delay the onset of diabetes, reducing pain and inflammation, etc.

Turmeric has been used in India since ancient times and is known for its health benefits. It is the herb that is used in most Indian curries and dishes. It has many protective properties and is also said to be a mood elevator. Turmeric has so much significance in the life of a common Indian that it has become part of religious rituals and wedding ceremonies.

Turmeric contains many properties that are beneficial for the skin. It contains calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Apart from many healing properties, this help to strengthen the supportive tissues and helps the skin remain first. They also protect the youthful properties of the skin.

As far as cosmetic care is concerned, turmeric is a part of our traditional beauty aids and has been in use for centuries. During ancient times, turmeric used to be added to body packs or 'ubtan' due to its skin beautifying and purifying properties. Turmeric not only has antiseptic and germicidal properties but also helps to soften and brighten the skin. Used over some time, it helps to remove tan and lighten skin colour. A pre-bath cream for body care, containing lemon and turmeric protects the skin from the drying effects of chlorinated water. The skin becomes softer, smoother and brighter. Turmeric can easily be used for home beauty care:

To remove tan: Add a pinch of turmeric to yoghurt and apply daily on the face. Wash it off after 20 minutes.

Turmeric can also be mixed with Aloe Vera Gel to soothe and moisturise the skin. It helps to heal sunburn.

As a bodypack: Mix besan (gram flour) with yoghurt and a pinch of turmeric into a paste. Apply on the arms and legs three times a week. Wash it off after half an hour.

For facial hair: Apply a paste of turmeric powder and milk and rub this on the skin with a circular motion. It is said to discourage facial hair over a while, but it may leave a slight yellowish colour on the skin.

To minimise stretchmarks: First, apply olive oil and massage it on the areas. Then mix besan, yoghurt and turmeric (bodypack given above) and apply on the area. Wash it off after half an hour.

Mix ground almonds with yoghurt and pinch of turmeric to make a face and body scrub. Apply and rub gently on the skin with small circular movements. Wash off with water.

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