Turmeric Face Mask for Glowing Skin
One of my favorite DIY skin masks is made using benefit-rich turmeric. Turmeric has been all the craze for dietary reasons but did you also know that it can also help your skin?
Turmeric, traditionally known as Indian saffron because of its deep yellow-orange color, has been used throughout history as a condiment and textile dye. Turmeric also provides amazing healing benefits, not just inside the body, but for your skin. Indian brides have long used turmeric body scrubs and face masks to purify and cleanse their bodies as well as provide a healthy glow by brightening their skin right before their weddings.
Turmeric, a herb used as a main ingredient in curry, can benefit your skin as a home remedy for acne, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes. It also reduces skin inflammation due to being high in antioxidants and slows down cell damage. As well, it can help reduce pigmentation that evens out skin tone.
What makes turmeric work so well? Turmeric has shown significant anti-inflammatory activity because of its volatile oil and its yellow or orange pigment, which is called curcumin. Curcumin, a phytonutrient, contains anti-inflammatory abilities that have been shown to be comparable to many drugs on the market today, but unlike drugs, curcumin produces no toxicity.
A turmeric face mask is an excellent exfoliating agent and very easy to make right at home with just a few ingredients. However, it is important to note that some people have reported allergic reactions to turmeric after skin exposure. I recommend testing on a small area of your skin first. You may need to use a mild soap with water to remove the yellow stain that may occur. Be careful not to get it on your clothing as well, since it may stain.
With consistency, this turmeric face mask will give you glowing skin!
Turmeric Face Mask for Glowing Skin
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of organic, raw, local honey
- ½ teaspoon milk or yogurt
- [optional] 1 drop lemon essential oil or fresh lemon juice for additional skin brightening
- Wash face and hands first to remove impurities and any make-up.
- In a small bowl or jar, mix the turmeric powder with the honey, apple cider vinegar, milk or yogurt and optional lemon oil. Try to get a consistency that will stick to your face. Be careful not to make it too thin as it may drip.
- Apply the mask carefully avoiding your eyes.
- Allow the mask sit on your face for 15–20 minutes then rinse with warm water.
- If you have any leftover, you can cover and leave in the fridge for your next application.
- Apply twice a week for best results.
Can You Treat Psoriasis with Food?
There’s never a good time of year if you’ve got psoriasis, but heat and sun can definitely increase the risk of a flare-up. Summertime staples such as sunburns and cookouts can quickly make this irritating, painful, and inflammatory condition worse.
Your diet might impact psoriasis flare-ups, and eating food fresh off the grill can sometimes make it worse. Although there is no magical diet that can cure psoriasis, there are some general guidelines that may protect you more often than not.
Because psoriasis is an inflammatory condition, eating a diet that limits inflammation can be quite helpful. This includes lots of fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, and limiting refined grains, processed foods, sugar, and alcohol. Red meat can also promote inflammation, so swapping grilled steaks for options such as salmon, tuna, tilapia, or other types of fish can be helpful.
There’s no scientific evidence that any kind of specific diet can treat psoriasis, but many people have noticed that certain foods—or types of food—can lead to flare-ups. Furthermore, eating more fruits, veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats never really hurt anybody, especially when they are substitutes for processed and refined options.
If you find yourself at a barbecue this season, here are some substitutions you may want to make:
– Skip the chips for some colorful fruit and veggies: Potato chips, and other chips, are full of refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, which can encourage inflammation. On the other hand, colorful fruits and veggies such as strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, cantaloupe, carrots, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, and others are rich in vitamin A and other antioxidants that promote healthy skin, limit inflammation, and help keep you hydrated.
– Swap the steak for a salmon fillet: Red meat can lead to further inflammation and dryness, and can wreak havoc on people with psoriasis. Fish options such as salmon are rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids and are anti-inflammatories that provide a number of health benefits. If you can, try to eat two servings of fish per week to get adequate levels of DHA and EPA omega-3s.
– Avoid alcohol: Alcohol can also cause inflammation and dehydration, which can both intensify psoriasis. Instead of drinking booze to cool down this summer, stick to water, unsweetened iced tea, and other non-alcoholic beverages. Staying away from sugary sodas is also a wise choice, but adding some lime to your water, zero-calorie flavor enhancers or opting for a sugar-free beverage can help you add a little taste and texture to your drink.
If you’ve got psoriasis, your dietary choices could help you keep it under control. Add to your enjoyment this summer by making the best nutritional choices to limit inflammation.
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Psoriasis is a chronic disease of your immune system that causes cells to build up on the surface of your skin, leading to thick, red, scaly patches that are very itchy and sometimes painful. Up to 7.5 million Americans suffer from the disease, which has a surprisingly significant economic impact as well.
A new study in JAMA Dermatology reported that direct US healthcare costs related to psoriasis may be up to $63 billion a year.1 There were also indirect costs (such as loss of work hours) of up to $35 billion and another $35 billion in costs related to associated health problems, like heart disease and depression.
Taken together, the researchers found the annual US cost of psoriasis amounted to approximately $112 billion in 2013.
Psoriasis Is More Than a Superficial Skin Condition
Although psoriasis appears as a skin condition, it is actually an autoimmune disease. Part of the reaction occurs when a type of white blood cell called a T cell mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells.
These overactive T cells then trigger other immune responses that collectively speed up the growth cycle of skin cells, causing them to move to the outermost layer of your skin in a matter of days rather than weeks.
Because the dead skin cannot be removed quickly enough, it builds up into the thick patches characteristic of psoriasis. For up to 60 percent of people with psoriasis, the condition seriously impacts their daily life.
Your skin may become so inflamed that it cracks and bleeds. Up to 30 percent of sufferers also develop psoriatic arthritis, which can cause debilitating joint damage.
People with psoriasis are also at an increased risk of numerous other chronic diseases, including eye conditions, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. And then there are the psychological repercussions.2
Those who aren’t familiar with psoriasis may view it as a contagious rash, and as a result people with psoriasis may be shunned or excluded socially. People with psoriasis often suffer from depression, low self-esteem, social isolation and problems at work, which may lead to a lower income.
For help in preventing or reversing this disease, call us at
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