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Uses of Turmeric Powder for Skin Care

Updated on March 7, 2012

Turmeric is a very popular spice used in India and other Asian countries. Turmeric is the root of the herbaceous perennial plant which is powdered and used for different purposes. Turmeric has an active ingredient called (curcumin) curcuma longa. It has very good healing properties. It has been used treat simple diseases like cough and colds to more serious illnesses like Alzheimer’s. Curcumin has anti bacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is especially useful for skin care.

Beauty Cream

In India turmeric powder is mixed with sandalwood powder and water to make a paste. This is used as a beauty cream. It is much safer compared to the creams that are available in the market which contain chemical ingredients. It helps to cure dry skin, skin spots and discoloration. As an anti oxidant it also helps to reduce signs of aging including skin wrinkles.


Cure for Acne

Skin accumulates dead cells, dirt and natural oils. This would lead to bacterial infection and result in acne. Turmeric powder helps to clean up the skin pores and get rid of acne.


Exposure to sunlight and too much melanin produced by the body lead to excessive pigmentation of the skin. Turmeric helps to reduce skin pigmentation. Mix turmeric powder with fresh lime juice and apply it to your face. Fresh lime is a good natural bleach. Wash it off after 15 minutes. Application of the paste not only helps to lighten the skin but also removes the blemishes.

Bruises and Cuts

As it has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, turmeric can heal minor bruises and cuts easily.

Stretch Marks

It helps women to get rid of their post pregnancy stretch marks. Turmeric powder can be mixed with yogurt and applied to the affected skin for a few days. This helps to restore the elasticity of the skin and get rid of the stretch marks.

Glowing skin

Turmeric can be mixed with gram flour and milk and applied all over the body before the shower. This will help you get a glowing skin. In India this regimen is followed by some girls daily, weeks before they married to get a glowing skin.

Face Mask

A mixture of one tablespoon of honey and teaspoon of turmeric powder is used as a face mask. Curcuma longa the active ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties and honey has anti bacterial properties. They remove all the impurities from the skin and reduce the blemishes. It would also help in getting rid of acne

With Natural Oils

Turmeric powder can be mixed with natural oils like olive oil, coconut oil, and almond oil and used as a face mask.

Turmeric can turn stain your skin and give it a yellow tinge. This can be got rid of using a mild cleanser.

These are some of the uses of turmeric powder for skin care


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      bnsridhar 3 years ago from India

      Thanks for the information

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      Evelyn Vergara 3 years ago

      Thanks for the Adds 3 months now that I used organic turmeric roots for making my morning tea mixed with white organic ginger. I used ground turmeric in all my foods and sprinkle on my vegetable salads. And I used ground turmeric in marinating fish including 7 herbs. Also in my fruit, veggie smoothie I add 1/4 tsp. Of ground turmeric and it taste delicious. Try it you love it cause its good to our health.

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      bnsridhar 5 years ago from India


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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      I love this Hub! It is fascinating to learn the history and how your country uses this fine medicinal spice. I had no idea that it is used as a skin care product. Wow. I will have to give it a try. I have plenty, for I have been on a food craving lately for curry lentil stew. I add curry plus additional turmeric. Again, thank you for sharing. Voted up for useful and awesome!

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      bnsridhar 5 years ago from India


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      Mashiya 5 years ago

      Really it's a very useful tips for me .I really like it thank you

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      victoria 5 years ago from Hamilton On.

      Hi bnsirdher! Very useful hub.Tumeric is good for your insides and your outside.Thanks for researching the topic for the rest of us.