Ingredient Intel: Turmeric is Beauty’s Best Bet

The secret is out. Turmeric is a holistic active that is as good taken in as it is when applied topically. Few single ingredients boast as many health benefits as this little golden nugget, making it a sure bet for health and beauty.

Between beauty and nutrition, turmeric, Curcuma Longa, is probably the most common ingredient I come across when reading labels. These days, you don’t need to look far to find a turmeric latte, kombucha, tonic or tea. And the highly concentrated antioxidant is one of the most prevalent ingredients in beauty masks, oils and washes.  Brands and formulators alike are adding turmeric into recipes every opportunity they get, and for good reason. Though conclusive studies are still preliminary, the research on turmeric to aid in the treatment of cancer, heart disease, ulcers and Alzheimer’s disease is promising. 

I’ve known for some time that turmeric was effective, but I didn’t fully realize its potential until I discovered it’s multi-functioning effect on my body and skin. 

Many years of long hours at a computer led to acute tendinitis in my wrist, arm and neck, and after suffering for far too long, hoping the pain would subside, I started seeking a lasting solution. I tried everything short of surgery (I was determined not to go there), to no avail. Just as my pain reached a new threshold, I heard about turmeric’s anti-inflammatory power. Desperate for relief, I doubled down, taking capsules up to three times per day. To my surprise, within about two weeks, my tendinitis had receded, and eventually it went away completely. I couldn’t believe it, but there it was. The results were so dramatic and immediate, there was no doubt in my mind that this golden powder was the reason. 

But it’s what happened next that truly astounded me.  I started to see a noticeable change in the mirror. My sun damage was fading and my skin tone became noticeably more even.  The effect was so dramatic that I started telling everyone I know about the full spectrum effect turmeric had on my body and skin. 

Two Ways Turmeric Wins

A member of the ginger family, the main active is curcumin, and it works in the body and on the skin in two ways:

  1. As an anti-inflammatory, imparting a calming effect on redness, swelling and irritation. 
  2. As an antioxidant that not only erases free radicals, but boosts the body’s own anti-inflammatory response.

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Best Bets

As with any ingredient, quality is everything. Below are a few tips when searching for the highest quality turmeric for your skin and body:

  • The concentration of curcumin in turmeric can vary widely, so choose powders and capsules from a reputable source.
  • Turmeric is fat soluble, so it’s not easily absorbed by the body. Taking it with healthy oils and fats, as well as some black pepper, will help it absorb more efficiently. Look for the supplements that include black pepper extract with the actual supplement.
  • Turmeric delivers antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin, providing relief from sun damage, eczema, psoriasis, acne and scarring. Additionally, it’s an excellent remedy for oily skin as it helps balance sebum production. Few single ingredients address this many skin concerns at once, so it’s no surprise that many of our most beloved Hero products feature turmeric as a key ingredient, including:

‘Olena Face Oil by Honua Skincare

Aloha Face Serum by Honua Skincare

Vitality Elixir by Mahalo Skincare

The Bean Beauty Mask by Mahalo Skincare

Absolute Anti-Aging Face Mask by UMA Oils

Active Enzyme Exfoliator by Josh Rosebrook

Turmeric Beauty Bar by SkinOwl


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