Turmeric has long been recognized as one of nature´s miracle substances, especially when it comes to skin care. For thousands of years, Aryuvedic culture has been using turmeric for all sorts of medicinal purposes. In recent years, turmeric has been the center of study as an alternative medicine that can be used to treat everything from psoriasis to liver problems.
In this brief article, we will focus our attention on how turmeric can be used to improve your facial complexion. When used together with besan flour, the medicinal magic of turmeric grows exponentially and will leave your face looking rejuvenated and nourished.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a bright orange colored root that is in the same family as ginger. It grows in tropical regions all around the world and is the main spice used in curry, one of the main ingredients in a variety of Indian and Thai dishes. The turmeric root is usually harvested and dried out to be used in powder form, though it is also possible to use fresh turmeric root for cooking and for skin care.
What is Besan Flour?
Besan flour is also known as gram flour and has been used for ages for skin care. Besan flour is made from the chana dhal grain and can be found in most grocery stores. Apart from its uses in the kitchen, besan flour is also one of those old time beauty secrets that grandma´s around the world treasure.
Benefits of Turmeric and Besan
Turmeric is a well renowned anti-oxidant that will help combat premature aging while also keeping your skin elastic and well moisturized. Its anti-inflammatory properties also will help to combat acne and help you control any outbreaks associated with sensitive skin or problems with hyperpigmentation.
Turmeric is also fantastic to help you balance out problems with your skin tone. If you find that your face always has uneven skin tones and you are tired of applying large amounts of foundation, a turmeric face mask may very well be all you need to gradually create a uniform complexion.
Besan flour helps with a number of annoying skin problems. It helps to clear up blemishes and zits while also adding radiance to dull skin tones. The exfoliating properties of besan flour can help you get rid of any unwanted hair. Turmeric, for its part, also helps to control facial hair growth and when used with besan flour, your face will be left effectively hairless.
Besan flour also has alkalizing properties meaning that it is a deep cleanser that can help to remove any toxins or bacteria from deep within your skin. Turmeric also has antibacterial properties that will complement the cleansing properties of besan flour for a complete and holistic face cleansing. For people who suffer from severe acne, regularly using a turmeric and besan flour face mask will combat the excess oil emanating from your skin pores and also leave your face looking cleansed and glowing.
Lastly, besan flour is also an excellent emollient for dry skin. Turmeric also benefits dry skin by helping to regain natural complexion that is altered by excessively dry skin. When used together, the besan flour will emolliate dry skin, getting rid of dead cells that build up on the skin while the turmeric will help your skin recover its natural radiance and even complexion.
People who suffer from serious skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea can also combine turmeric and besan flour to help control outbreaks of dry skin and hyperpigmentation that characterize these conditions.
A Simple Turmeric and Besan Flour Face Mask
Since it may be hard to find a product that combines turmeric and besan flour, you can easily make your own at home from ingredients found at the grocery store. Simply mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1 tablespoon of besan flour and 2 tablespoons of milk (for oily skin) or 2 tablespoons of olive oil (for dry skin).
Mix the ingredients together and apply generously over your face. Let it sit for a 15-20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water and a mild soap.
Your grandma has probably been using besan flour well before the host of commercial face creams hit the market, and for good reason. With the availability of turmeric, you can improve on your grandma´s beauty secret. Turmeric and besan flour creams and face masks are fantastic, natural ways to control a variety of skin problems from excess facial hair to dry skin to severe bouts with acne.