A recent study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology showed turmeric (a flavor enhancing ingredient used in dishes) hydrated and provided photo-protective properties when applied topically to photo-damaged skin. When this extract-enriched cream was used over 6 weeks, researchers found significant improvements in sebum production and hydration on the treated skin. They concluded that turmeric should be considered in topical formulations for photo-protection and skin rejuvenation benefits.
Turmeric Curcuma longa, a perennial herb, is a member of the Zingiberaceae (ginger) family. When dried, turmeric is the ingredient that gives curry powder its characteristic yellow color. It has long been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine as an anti-inflammatory and liver protectant agent. More recently, turmeric’s antioxidant properties have been of interest within skin nutrition research (both orally and topically). For the skin, the combined antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric make this flavor enhancing ingredient one I plan to include more often in my dietary and beauty regimen!
Yours in Health & Beauty,