In India, turmeric is one of the most widely used ingredients for natural skin care. Indian brides have long used turmeric body scrubs and face masks to purify and cleanse their bodies and brighten their skin to provide a healthy radiant glow right before their weddings. Other traditional uses for turmeric include masks to reduce acne, inflammation and facial hair.
Turmeric contains compounds that give it anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties making it beneficial for most skin types. Whether you are focused on reducing acne or wrinkles, have dry or skin sensitivities such as rosacea or eczema turmeric can be added to your beauty routine to calm, brighten and refresh your skin.
Is the turmeric used for culinary uses the same as for cosmetic uses?
Turmeric Curcuma longa is the variety that is used for cooking, while Wild Turmeric Curcuma aromatica is what is typically used for skin care.
- Curcumin found in Curcuma longa at about 2-9% is the compound that gives turmeric its deep yellow color and beneficial anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, neuroprotective properties.
- Curcuma longa has a pungent, slightly spicy but sweet aroma and taste.
- Wild Turmeric is for external use only and is primarily used for cosmetic purposes.
- The main biochemical component in this variety is a derivative of curcumin, demethoxy-curcumin not Curcumin itself. The curcuminoids content is typically about 1.5%.
- Curcurma aromatica has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
- Wild Turmeric has a bitter taste with a more floral yet camphorous aroma.
- Due to the difference in chemical composition is best suited for skin care as when used with proper carriers is gentler and is less likely to stain the skin.
- Traditionally turmeric is mixed with milk, honey, chickpea flour or oil when using for skin care.