From blood facials to lip scrubs, Kourtney Kardashian has tried practically every skincare trend out there in the name of getting healthy-looking skin. However, her latest skincare obsession is none other than turmeric, a yellow spice best known for its use in curry and many other types of Asian cuisine.
So, why is the Poosh founder suddenly touting the benefits of this pantry staple? According to Kardashian, her “turmeric obsession” stems from the spice’s anti-inflammatory properties. In her Instagram Stories, the star is even seen using the Illuminate Turmeric Clay Mask (and giving her face a temporarily golden hue in the process).
The mask, which Kardashian sells for $42 on Poosh, is also said to fight acne and hyperpigmentation, reduce scarring, improve skin texture, and leave skin glowing. As it turns out, it’s not just another marketing gimmick, either—the scientific community has quite a bit to say about just how much turmeric and curcumin, the spice’s active ingredient which provides its signature color, can benefit the skin.
Read on to discover why you might want to add some turmeric to your skincare routine, and for more on reality TV’s first family, Kylie Jenner Just Revealed Her Massive McDonald’s Order Post-Photoshoot.
It may help fight acne.
If you’re dealing with blemishes, adding some turmeric to your diet may help. According to a 2013 study published in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, an in vitro study conducted on pigs suggests that curcumin supplementation could be an effective means of preventing the development of acne.
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It can promote wound healing.
A slow-to-heal breakout or scratch might go away faster if you add some turmeric to your regular routine. According to a 2014 review of research published in the journal Life Sciences, turmeric has been shown to have “significant wound healing properties.” And for more reasons to add this colorful spice to your healthy living arsenal, check out What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Turmeric.
It may slow the aging process.
Think expensive creams and injections are the only way to turn back the clock when it comes to your skin? Think again.
Research published in the journal Immunity & Ageing reveals that curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties may be able to slow the aging process from the inside out, keeping you feeling—and looking—younger for years to come.
It may fight certain types of skin cancer.
While sunscreen and protective clothing are your best bet when it comes to fending off skin cancer, studies suggest that turmeric may help, too. A 2005 study published in the journal Cancer found that curcumin was effective at inhibiting the growth of melanoma cells in three different cultures of cancer cells. And for more ways to get glowing, check out these 22 Foods That Will Immediately Improve Your Skin, According to Dermatologists.