Ingredient Spotlight: Curcumin
Found in Turmeric, Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that is emerging as an important ingredient in skincare.
Research has shown that Curcumin can have a positive impact on tissue health and Collagen, and help to boost natural Hyaluronic Acid reserves to better hydrate the skin.
A cousin of Ginger and sourced from the Curcuma Longa plant, Turmeric has long been used in herbal remedies to help treat stomach and digestive complaints, aid weight loss, and as a topical, wound-healing treatment.
Studies have also shown that Turmeric has many beneficial properties that can help in the fight against premature ageing of the skin. The most common form of Turmeric comes from drying and grinding down the root of the plant into a powder.
Its golden colour comes from an ingredient known as Curcumin: a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory with important benefits when applied to the skin.
How Does Curcumin Benefit The Skin?
Professor Derek Richard of The Cancer & Ageing Research Foundation explains:
“Curcumin is an active ingredient that makes up something like 30% of Turmeric. It has two main functions: it reduces oxygen which, despite being vital for human beings, also damages our genetic code. And it also controls bacteria, which is why it’s traditionally used in curries to help preserve the food in warm climates.”
By proving to be a potent antioxidant, Curcumin not only helps to fight free-radical and environmental damage but it has a calming, wound-healing effect, which can help to reduce inflammation and irritation and heal persistent skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.
It’s also thought to help to improve the appearance of acne scarring; research has shown that Curcumin can have a positive impact on tissue health and Collagen, and help to boost natural Hyaluronic Acid reserves to better hydrate the skin.
Why We Love Curcumin
We’re fans of this potent antioxidant for its ability to calm and soothe aggravated and prematurely aged skin and repair and protect against future environmental damage that our skin is exposed to daily. Curcumin is a hero ingredient in our EPI-gN™ Serum to help improve both the texture, tone, and those visible signs of premature ageing like irregular pigment, loss of elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles, and rough skin texture.
Our signature serum boosts elasticity, calms redness, and helps to minimise the appearance of pigmentation caused by UV damage.
Like a number of antioxidants, Curcumin is sensitive to air and light which can impact its efficacy. All of our ELLUS & KRUE formulations are packaged in contactless packaging to ensure and preserve the high quality and potency of our anti-ageing essentials.