This spice is aromatic and golden, and in curries, it’s a popular ingredient among other savoury dishes. But in their beauty routines, some people also use turmeric. For skin conditions like acne and dark spots (hyperpigmentation), it is used as a remedy.
For use in hair removal, its effectiveness is mostly anecdotal. And you can find a number of personal tutorials and reviews online. Let’s look at how you can use turmeric on the face and body to possibly help get rid of hair.
Does it work?
In two ways might, turmeric hair removal is thought to work:
- In turmeric natural chemicals help to slow or stop hair growth.
- Using a turmeric mask or scrub helps to mechanically pull hair out of the skin and to weaken the hair roots.
Curcuma oil from a plant in the same family as turmeric, according to a study in 2017. For 10 weeks the Curcuma oil was applied to the underarm area of 60 women. According to the researchers, the Curcuma oil slowed and reduced the growth of hair on the area tested.
So, expect it to work more slowly and less dramatically than waxing or shaving the hair off if it works to reduce hair or slow its growth.
Benefits of Using Turmeric
Usually non-irritating. Natural way to get smoother skin, using hair reduction or turmeric for hair removal might be safe. It is not known to skin irritation or causes side effects. Therefore, if you have sensitive skin it may also be safe.
Fades spots. Using turmeric on the body may help even out your complexion and brighten skin. Curcuma oil for hair removal found that it also reduced pigment cells (melanin) in the body, according to a recent study in 2017. This may help fade sun spots, hyperpigmentation or age on the skin.
Antimicrobial. Additionally, turmeric has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. This may help prevent or treat skin conditions like dandruff and acne.
Gently abrasive. To slough off dead skin cells and unclog pores, you can also use a turmeric mask as a skin scrub.
Cost-effective. Using turmeric for hair removal may be a cheaper alternative to other methods such as waxing, shaving and hair removal.
Turmeric Mask Recipes
A turmeric mask and paste is traditionally used for skin remedies and for hair removal. On the face, the paste is applied directly for reducing facial hair. In other areas of the body, it can also be used.
Turmeric paste recipe #1
By combining make a turmeric paste:
- Turmeric powder, at a grocery store the same kind you find in the spice section
- Rose water
- Aloe Vera gel
Use about one part turmeric powder to about one part water for this recipe.
Turmeric paste recipe #2
For turmeric paste, a popular recipe adds flour. To help prevent turmeric from staining your skin a light-yellow shade. For a turmeric skin mask try this recipe:
- 2 Tbsp Flour (or Ground Oats)
- A Few Drops of Honey
- 1 Tbsp Turmeric
- 3 Tbsp Milk (or Yoghurt)