5 Ways Curcumin Keeps Your Skin Healthy
If health is wealth, then turmeric is gold! We all know that turmeric is a superhero ingredient, but did you know that a compound found within turmeric is the real hero? Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that not only gives turmeric its yellow colour but gives it most of its beneficial properties. Native to South Asia, turmeric is a spice from the ginger family that comes from the Curcuma Longa plant’s root and can often be found in your favourite spice dish or spiced latte. For thousands of years turmeric has been used in cooking but let’s see why curcumin is such a great ingredient for your skin.
# 1 Potent Anti-Inflammatory
Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress are not healthy for your body and have been identified as one of the main causes of some chronic diseases and conditions.
“When one part of your body is chronically inflamed, it sends signals to the rest of the body that you are in distress, which creates a total inflammation response around your body. That inflammation causes genetic DNA damage and is a driver of most of the signs of ageing,” explains caner and ageing scientist, Professor Derek Richard.
Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory and studies have shown it can block and suppress inflammation making it a potent anti-inflammatory agent.
#2 Powerful Antioxidant
Each day your skin is exposed to environmental aggressors like free radicals, pollution, and UV, and with constant exposure, these aggressors damage the skin. Antioxidants help protect the skin from oxidative damage caused by free radicals by neutralising the effect free radicals have on the skin by reducing inflammation, allowing the skin to repair itself. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant, and you can often find antioxidants in skincare products because of their anti-ageing benefits.
#3 Evens Skin Tone
The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin target your pores, calm skin, and help reduce scaring. It also helps increase blood flow and gives skin a natural glow which can help with inflammatory conditions like eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and acne. Studies have shown that both topical and oral curcumin can improve the symptoms of psoriasis in 9-12 weeks.
Curcumin helps calm skin and even skin tone
#4 Skin Brightener
Curcumin has a brightening effect on the skin and helps diminish dark spots and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Curcumin blocks the enzyme elastase which attacks your skin’s ability to produce elastin which is what gives your skin structure. If the enzyme if left to do its own thing, your body can’t produce the proteins it needs to keep your skin plump, leading to wrinkles.
#5 Anti-Microbial Properties
Oxygen is our DNA’s nemesis, it’s the thing that causes damage to our genetic code in our cells every day. Our body has antioxidants to keep our genetic code away from the oxygen in our environment but nevertheless damage occurs. Curcumin reduces oxygen and in doing so controls the amount of bacteria on your skin and is a really beneficial ingredient in any skincare product.
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