Turmeric is a flowering plant that belongs to the ginger family. If you've ever seen it growing, it looks a lot like a Canna lily. It is native to India and Southeast Asia, where it has been used for centuries in traditional medicine and culinary applications.
Turmeric grows under the ground as rhizomes, where it is harvested and used fresh or dried into powder for culinary and medicinal applications. Turmeric has a wide range of health benefits when added to teas, smoothies, or other concoctions. But did you know it's great for your skin too?
Benefits Using Turmeric on Your Skin
The active compound in turmeric, called curcumin, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It works by regulating the inflammatory response of the body, inhibiting cytokines, enzymes, and other proteins involved in the inflammatory process. Applying products containing turmeric may reduce skin inflammation and redness, which is particularly helpful for conditions like acne or psoriasis.
Brightening the Skin
Turmeric can also be used to lighten dark spots and hyperpigmentation, which is the lightening of the skin due to excess melanin production in certain spots. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can contribute to a more even skin tone.
For centuries turmeric has been traditionally used for its wound healing properties. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties are thought to aid in the healing process and reduce the risk of infection on open wounds.
Turmeric is loaded with antioxidants, which help protect the skin from free radicals. These include curcuminoids, turmerones, gingerols, flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. This comprehensive antioxidant profile found in turmeric makes it great for fighting free radicals, which helps to reduce premature aging and helps you maintain a youthful appearance.
Turmeric has antibacterial properties which include disrupting bacterial cell membranes and compromising the integrity of bacterial cells. It also helps to inhibit certain bacterial enzymes and modulate bacterial gene expression. These antibacterial properties make it the perfect ingredient to combat acne breakouts, reducing the growth of acne-causing bacteria and soothing skin inflammation associated with acne.
The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric are great for relieving the itching and inflammation associated with eczema. By suppressing inflammatory proteins and enzymes, turmeric can help reduce the severity of eczema flare-ups.
Turmeric Goat Milk Soaps
As you can see, the benefits of turmeric for your skin are countless. When you combine those benefits with all the wonderful benefits of goat milk, you get the best soap for your skin! Several of our Cattywampus Acres Goat Milk Soaps include turmeric to soothe and nourish your skin like nothing else.
This unscented goat milk soap includes turmeric, hibiscus, and calendula. Turmeric provides all the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial benefits listed above. Hibiscus helps the skin retain moisture and calendula has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
In addition to turmeric, this goat milk soap has a soothing and relaxing floral smell. With notes of lilac, gardenia, lavender, and hyacinth, Luna provides the perfect aromatherapy that you need with a warm bath or hot shower. Your skin will be glowing and you'll feel clean and relaxed.