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Turmeric for Skin: Benefits and Risks

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For hundreds of years, people around the world have linked turmeric to healing properties and cosmetic benefits. The bright, yellow-orange spice is related to ginger. It’s available as a ground spice or in traditional herbal supplements and other beauty products.

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Turmeric gets its health benefits primarily because of curcumin, a bioactive component. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. A single serving of LÚMINARA Collagen contains curcumin that is equivalent to 200 grams of turmeric.

Modern scientific research is just beginning to study the positive impact of curcumin, but many believe it has several beneficial uses for the skin. Here are some ways turmeric may benefit your skin.

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It contains properties that contribute to a natural glow

Curcumin found in turmeric contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components. These characteristics may provide glow and luster to the skin. Turmeric may also revive your skin by bringing out its natural glow.

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It can heal wounds

The curcumin found in turmeric can help wounds heal by decreasing inflammation and oxidation. It also lowers the response of your body to cutaneous wounds. This accelerates the inflammatory phase which results in your wounds healing more quickly.

Studies have found that turmeric can positively affect tissue and collagen as well. The journal Life Sciences recommends applying curcumin as an optimized formula to best work on skin wounds.

It can help your psoriasis

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities of curcumin may help your psoriasis by controlling flares and other symptoms. The National Psoriasis Foundation (US) states that you can add curcumin as a supplement. 

It may help with acne scarring

You may want to try a turmeric face mask to help reduce acne and any resulting scars. The anti-inflammatory qualities can target your pores and calm the skin. Consumption of curcumin is also proven to reduce scarring. This combination of uses may help your face clear up from acne breakouts.

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Risks of using turmeric for your skin

Turmeric has a low bioavailability. This means that your metabolism burns it off quickly and your body doesn’t absorb much. Choose to take a supplement with curcumin, like LÚMINARA to see the best results for your skin.

When applied to the skin, turmeric can temporarily stain the skin or leave a yellow residue. This is normal. And if you’re allergic, direct skin contact can cause irritation, redness, and swelling. Test turmeric on your forearm, applying a dime-sized amount and waiting 24 to 48 hours to see if you react before using on your face. Do not use turmeric on your skin if you’re allergic to the spice in food.

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