Turmeric, it’s all the rage these days…and for good reason.  This powerful spice has been used in ancient medicine for thousands of years and has all kinds of magical benefits, for both health and skin.  Besides it’s miraculous ability to fight inflammation, reduce the risk of cancer, promote heart health, aide digestion and boost immunity (just to name a few), it has many beauty benefits that can keep skin healthy and radiant!  Sign us up!

Turmeric’s super star component is curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties…now that’s what we call a powerhouse!

Here are some of the beauty benefits that turmeric can bring:

#1- Turmeric reduces acne and excess oil from the skin.
Turmeric, taken orally or topically can help kill acne causing bacteria, thanks to it’s antimicrobial and antiseptic components.  Overactive sebaceous glands are a common cause of excessively oily skin, which in many cases is what leads to acne and other skin conditions.  The fatty acids and phytosterols in turmeric are what reduces the excess oil, helping keep the skin clean and clear. Turmeric is also free of the typical side effects a lot of prescribed and over-the-counter acne medications have, such as dryness and irritation..and it’s a lot cheaper too!

Tip: Try a cup of a Golden Latte with Shiitake & Turmeric! (Caffeine Free)
Golden Latte with Shiitake & Turmeric x Urban Pearl Collective

#2- Turmeric may slow down the aging process and help protect against sun exposure.
A major cause of premature aging is exposure to the sun’s powerful UV rays, which can cause fine lines and wrinkles to develop, discoloration reduce skin elasticity.  Aging early on is caused by the overexposure of free radicals and chronic inflammation, but curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help counteract those issues.

#3- Turmeric fights inflammation and other skin conditions.
As a natural anti-inflammatory, turmeric can help relieve signs of inflammation, such as redness and swelling.  It also is widely used as a natural remedy for other skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema and rosacea, as it has shown to be effective in soothing and calming the symptoms.  It’s also known to reduce inflammation inside the body and studies have proved it is more effective than many over-the-counter drugs, such as ibuprofen and prescription drugs; without the side effects.

#4- Turmeric helps minimize hyperpigmentation and even skin tone.
Curcumin has skin lightening properties that help to diminish dark spots over time.  As a pigmentation inhibitor in the skin, it is effective for sun spots, melasma and pigmented scarring.  This takes time depending on your own unique skin, so remember to be patient!

Tip:  Try Cocovit’s Besan & Turmeric Polishing Grains

Cocovit Besan and Turmeric Polishing Grains x Urban Pearl Collective

#5- Turmeric is believed to kill and prevent the spreading of skin cancer cells.
A number of studies have shown evidence that curcumin has anticancer effects.  It has the ability to kill tumor cells and stop them from growing and spreading around the body.  Research suggests that taking 4 grams of curcumin a day can reduce the amount of precancerous lesions by 40%.  This information is based on studies, however everyone’s health is different. Please consult your physician with any questions.

Unfortunately, a number of review studies show that curcumin does not get absorbed easily on it’s own.  However, there is an easy fix! Adding some ground black pepper increases the amount of curcumin your body absorbs.  

If you purchase a supplement, be sure to check if it has black pepper in it…and if it’s a tea or a drink that doesn’t have black pepper in it, make sure to add ¼ teaspoon.  

1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 – 1 teaspoon of Coconut Chai Matcha
1-2 teaspoons of honey or coconut sugar for a sweetener (optional)
Pinch of ground black pepper

1- Warm milk in a pan on the stove for 2 minutes
2- Add in the remaining ingredients and whisk until frothy
3- Enjoy!

Turmeric and curcumin extracts have so far shown to be safe, even at high doses without significant side effects.

Warning:  Studies suggest not to ingest high doses of turmeric if you are pregnant.  Please consult with your doctor with any questions or concerns before consuming turmeric if you’re pregnant, nursing or trying to conceive.

Let us know your results & any tips or tricks you have to incorporate turmeric in your life!