Turmeric For Skin: Benefits And How To Use

How to Get Clear, Youthful Skin with Turmeric

The golden spice turmeric is one of the best-known ayurvedic remedies in India and worldwide. The use of this culinary spice dates back to over 4000 years ago in Ancient India. And today it is still revered throughout the world for its splendid health benefits.

There are several varieties of turmeric grown in India but yellow turmeric is the most widely used. Scientifically known as Curcuma Longa, yellow turmeric is a rhizome native to India. The rhizomes are steamed and dried to create turmeric powder.

Turmeric powder is a staple in our cuisine due to its strong antimicrobial and antioxidant properties which help fight infections, digestive ailments and heal wounds. And it is also used in beauty rituals in various parts of India to help achieve radiant, healthy skin. 

Uses of Turmeric Oil For Skin

Turmeric powder is a popular herbal remedy for various skin issues. It can be easily used alongside a variety of ingredients without irritating your skin.
But along with turmeric powder, turmeric oil is also widely used in skin care products like facial oils, moisturisers, and serums to help fight free radicals.
Turmeric oil is an essential oil made by steam distilling the turmeric rhizomes. 

  • Protects Your Skin 
    The key active component in turmeric for skin benefits is curcumin- a polyphenol.
    Curcumin is a powerful natural antioxidant that helps reduce oxidative stress. Daily exposure to sun, smoke and pollutants can create free radicals which are unstable in nature. These molecules attack healthy skin cells which leads to premature ageing. Turmeric oil can help stabilize these molecules and keep your skin healthy and youthful.
  • Fights Infections 
    Apart from being a wonderful natural antioxidant turmeric also has impressive antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. Since ancient times, using turmeric for skin has been helpful for healing cuts, scrapes, wounds and fighting off various skin infections.
    It has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce signs of inflammation such as redness and swelling caused by acne and other irritants. 

Benefits Of Turmeric For Skin

  • Reduces Pimples: Acne is one of the most common skin issues faced by people of all ages. Turmeric is an effective and gentle alternative to manage acne-prone skin.
  • The antimicrobial activity of turmeric helps eliminate acne-causing bacteria. Its anti-inflammatory effect also helps reduce inflammation, a key cause for the formation of acne and pigmentation. And, turmeric oil also has some astringent properties which help tone your skin. 
  • Fades Blemishes: Turmeric is also the ultimate glow-getter. It has been used in ubtans and beauty rituals for centuries now to brighten the skin. The antioxidant curcumin can help reduce pigmentation and remove sun tan to give your brighter, even-toned skin. It also helps fade dark spots and acne scars. 

  • Improves Sun Protection: lately, turmeric oil has been used in a lot of sun care products to boost their sun protection and delay skin ageing. When used alongside sunscreen filters, it protects your skin from UV radiation by scavenging free radicals that could lead to early signs of ageing.

  • Reduces Inflammation: Studies have found that using turmeric for skin can also be useful in managing various inflammatory disorders like psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. It can help soothe inflamed skin by easing swelling, redness and itching.

  • Faster Healing of Wounds: Turmeric has exceptional healing properties which can fasten wound healing time and prevent infection of the wound site. It reduces inflammation, kills harmful pathogens and increases collagen synthesis to quicken the healing process.

How To Use Turmeric For Skin 

Since turmeric powder is easily found in most kitchens, it can be used as a home remedy for fighting acne, brightening the skin and delaying signs of ageing.

Here are a few ways to incorporate turmeric in your skincare routine.

  • As a face oil.
    Dilute turmeric oil with a suitable carrier oil of your choice and apply it as a moisturiser to soothe and protect your skin. We always recommend keeping the concentration of essential oils below 1% to avoid irritations. So if you are taking 100ml of carrier oil, the quantity of essential oil should not exceed 1ml.
  • As a spot treatment:
    Mix a pinch of turmeric powder with fresh aloe vera juice and use it as a spot treatment for acne, small cuts and bruises.
  • As an ubtan: 
    Mix together 1tbsp of gram flour with a pinch of turmeric powder and add enough water or hydrosol to form a paste. Apply this paste on your skin and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. With wet hands, massage it gently using circular motions and rinse thoroughly with water.
Note: Turmeric is a potent culinary spice and hence should not be applied directly to the skin. Use just a pinch in your homemade facemasks to avoid stains.

Juicy Chemistry's Products Enriched With Turmeric Oil 

Our Frankincense & Hemp Facial Oil is a skin rejuvenating oil formulated especially for oily and acne-prone skin types. The handcrafted oil has Hemp Seed, Safflower Seed, and Argan oil which protect, nourish and moisturise the skin without clogging your pores.

It also contains the essential oils of turmeric, lavender, frankincense and tea tree which help control acne and blemishes with their antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. All Ingredients are freshly harvested and are used without any refinement. So the facial oil is 100% pure, natural and certified organic by Ecocert France as per Cosmos V3 standards. 


  1. Can I use turmeric for skin daily?
    Yes, turmeric can be used daily for protecting your skin from infections and sun damage. Use it in a cleanser or ubtan for cleansing your skin daily. 
  2. Are there any side effects of using turmeric?
    While turmeric is considered safe for topical use, turmeric powder can temporarily leave yellow stains on your skin. So it is best to use it sparingly.
  3. Can it be used by dry skin types?
    Yes, turmeric is suitable for all skin types including dry sensitive skin. However, we always recommend conducting a patch test first to check for any signs of skin sensitivity.


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