A distant relative of the ginger family, Haldi or Turmeric – the bright yellow-orange spice that is a rhizome enhances the color and flavor of food. But that’s not all – it is also an excellent ingredient for your skin care regime. The Curcumin (a compound) in Haldi is a rich source of antioxidants, and is proven to protect and repair cells that are damaged due to Free radicals which cause fine lines and wrinkles among other things. Haldi is also anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic and thus also used to treat minor and major injuries.
Haldi for skin care
- Combat Hyper-pigmentation and tanning: Hyper-pigmentation happens when excessive amount of melanin is produced resulting in dark spots and an uneven skin tone. The Curcumin found in Haldi combats this and regulates the melanin production, and it also helps in tan removal. To use mix a little Haldi (half a tea spoon) with water and apply the paste onto your face. Leave it on for 15 minutes prior to rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
- Fight acne: Due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, Haldi helps not only in keeping acne at bay but also in treating painful acne. For relief from acne, apply a little Haldi mixed with water directly onto the affected area. Alternatively, you could also replace water with Honey and apply this onto the acne directly. Honey too is antibacterial and antifungal in nature and thereby further assists in fighting painful acne.
- Avoid stretch marks: Stretch marks and especially those caused during pregnancy are hard to get rid off entirely. Haldi can be used to manage these by improving the elasticity of the skin during pregnancy. All you need to do is to create a mix of 1 teaspoon Haldi, two teaspoons of coconut oil, and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Applying this regularly prior to your shower will help improve the skin’s elasticity and keep stretch marks at bay to some extent. If you already have stretch marks, use the mixture mentioned above to lighten the marks. Try and leave it on as long as possible and reapply daily.
- Fight wrinkles and fine lines: There are multiple causes for wrinkles and fine lines and doctors often recommend a diet rich in Vitamin C and E to combat it. Curcumin is rich in both of these and therefore Haldi is a good bet. To use: apply a mixture of ½ teaspoon turmeric and 1 teaspoon of raw milk/homemade yogurt. Leave this on till the mixture dries and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
- Get relief from cracked heels: Turmeric is an excellent healer and works effectively in providing relief when applied to crack heels. All you need to do is mix a little Haldi to coconut oil/castor oil and apply this paste to your heels approximately 15 minutes prior to your shower. Regular application will not only give relief from cracked heels but also help in overall softening of heels. This mixture can be applied to other dry areas like elbows too.
- Relief from dandruff and hair loss: Haldi applied to the scalp helps improve circulation and strengthens hair follicles. This in turn helps combat dandruff and other scalp issues. For effective use, mix a teaspoon of Haldi to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and apply this mixture to your hair before having a bath. Leave on for at least 20-25 minutes and then rinse using a natural, chemical-free shampoo.
- Relief from burns: Being a natural antiseptic, Haldi helps heal cuts and burns. All you need to do is apply a little Haldi mixed with coconut oil onto the affected area and leave on. The healing from Haldi will provide relief from burning and scars.
In addition to this, Haldi can be effectively used to combat both dry and oily skin. There are numerous recipes available for this mask online, so look them up.
We recommend you do a patch test if you haven’t used Haldi on your skin before, as even though it’s a natural ingredient, your skin my be allergic to it.
If you’ve been using Turmeric for your skin care, please do share the details with us.