Turmeric: the golden “youth spice”
Throughout the centuries, Ayurvedic literature has cited over 100 different terms for turmeric, including jayanti, meaning “one who is victorious over diseases,” and matrimanika, meaning “as beautiful as moonlight.” Turmeric juice aided the healing of wounds and bruises, and turmeric paste was applied to a variety of skin conditions — from smallpox and chicken pox to blemishes and shingles.
Studies have shown that curcumin, a chemical compound found in turmeric, can protect skin from UV damage, decrease inflammation, reduce wrinkles and have significant overall anti-aging effects on your skin.
Why turmeric in skin care?
Promotes skin elasticity. Turmeric blocks the enzyme elastase, which attacks your skin’s ability to produce elastin — a substance which gives your skin structure and helps prevent wrinkles, giving your skin the “bounce back” factor. If elastase is left unchecked, your skin cannot produce the proteins it needs to keep your skin flexible and resilient to wrinkles.
Skin brightening. Anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have been shown to brighten skin by lightening age spots and dark spots due to sun damage, as well as improving overall skin tone for a brighter complexion.
Reduces inflammation and promotes healing. The curcumin found in turmeric contains anti-inflammatory enzymes that can help heal wounds and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis by decreasing inflammation and oxidation. It also boosts collagen production, which speeds up your skin’s ability to form new, healthy tissue and repair injuries and scarring.
Protects skin from sun damage. UV rays are your skin’s worst enemy — they cause sunburn, skin cancer, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. High in antioxidants, turmeric helps prevent free radicals from damaging your skin by fighting detrimental effects of pollution and UV rays.
Hydration. Turmeric has the ability to deeply hydrate and revitalize by boosting your skin’s hyaluronic acid content, which in turn alleviates symptoms of dryness. This promotes skin resiliency and suppleness for a more dewy and healthy complexion.
* Turmeric is found in the Plant Stem Cell Serum.