Turmeric is quite literally a golden ingredient. We see it every day – in our food (shown above in a Turmeric latte), supplements and even in skincare. I myself have a container of Turmeric powder that I use every few days (I would take a picture for you, but let’s just say Marie Kondo would not approve the state of my pantry). This bright spice, also known as “Indian saffron” has appeared in food and medicine for thousands of years – and it’s hard to argue with that kind of history. Even in modern times, Turmeric continues to attract a lot of attention from the medical community and there are countless studies that have been done or are in progress for conditions such as cancer, arthritis, and gastrointestinal diseases.
Scientists tell us that it’s the curcuminoids, or the compounds present in Turmeric Root, which contain those powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. In terms of skincare, clinical data demonstrates Turmeric Root Extract inhibits irritation and inflammation and inhibits skin harming enzymes. It’s like antioxidant rescue for skin, protecting your complexion against aging free radicals and environmental stress.
You’ll notice that The Everything Multi-level Moisturizer from Care Skincare has a slight yellow hue to it. This product is 100% free of fragrance and dyes, yet it takes its color from healthy, natural ingredients like Turmeric Root (and also egg yolk extract). To me it’s just so fascinating that this ancient spice can harmoniously exist with a such a modern skincare formula.
How can we get our daily dose of Turmeric? Some say to avoid too much in your diet, yet others mention you won’t benefit if you consume too little. I usually subscribe to the idea that most things are good in moderation, and welcome to chance to add such a powerful, healthy ingredient whenever I can. Here’s what I recommend:
Skincare – YES! As mentioned, The Everything Multi-level Moisturizer counts on Turmeric to help skin tone, health and clarity, plus it gives you the benefits of both a cream and an anti-aging serum.
Food – YES! I love adding a dash of Turmeric to rice, quinoa, potatoes and meats (rubbed onto roast chicken or added to meatballs) – even when marinating tofu. Start adding it, and it will become second nature when you’re preparing meals. I certainly don’t put it in everything, but it’s a great spice in terms of both taste, color and health.
Teas – YES! There is a wonderful selection of healthy teas that include Turmeric: for example, Turmeric and Ginger (I think they’re like second cousins in the plant world) or Turmeric and Green Tea. I serve them iced in the summer with a little bit of honey.
How do you feel about Turmeric Root – and what are the ways that you use it? Please do comment and we can compare notes (and recipes).
With Thanks & Care,
Photos by Osha Key on Unsplash, Prachi Palwe
Bio: Michelle is a former beauty executive and contributing writer who loves being part of the Care Skincare Team. She’s married with two small children who have more energy than all the drinks on a Starbucks menu.