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!