By Bindiya Sharma
From Japan to Indonesia to Sri Lanka to India – there’s a reason why turmeric is the most wanted ingredient in most beauty products. Multiple reasons really: its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial, antioxidant and a detoxifier. Use it for to tackle skin ailments or hair, or just beautify yourself outside in – this yellow spice is a must for those who believe going au naturale. We’ve listed out our favourite ways to use this spice for your everyday beauty rituals.
1).Turmeric for acne
Mix one tablespoon of turmeric with a few drops of milk. Apply on skin for 15-20 minutes and then wash off with plain water. This will both reduce active acne and lighten the scars.
2).Turmeric as a skin brightener
Mix 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder, a pinch of turmeric powder and a few drops of lemon juice. Add enough milk to make a paste. Apply this mask on your face and neck; wash off with warm water once dry.
3).Turmeric as a scalp savior
Add 1 tablespoon of turmeric to a cup of jojoba, olive or coconut oil. Massage this mixture into your scalp and leave on for 15 minutes, then shampoo as usual. This is a great deterrent for dandruff and improves the scalp’s overall condition.
4).Turmeric as a face mask for oily skin
Add 1½ tablespoons sandalwood powder and a pinch of ground turmeric to 3 tablespoons of orange juice and apply the paste to your face. Leave on for about 10-15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
5).Turmeric for facial hair
Mix kasturi turmeric with chickpea flour. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then wash off in light circular motions.