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Lately, I’ve been jonesing for this wonderful Trader Joe’s Organic Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea. It’s so tasty, caffeine free, and besides its two main ingredients, it also contains organic licorice, organic orange peel, organic orange oil and organic black pepper. As great as it tastes, what’s more exciting is the fact that turmeric is known to have numerous health benefits. It fights inflammation at the molecular level, is a powerful antioxidant, boosts brain function, and may even help prevent and possibly treat arthritis, depression, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
If all of these health advantages aren’t enough, it does have a number of amazing effects on the skin as well. When it is applied topically, turmeric has been clinically proven to speed up the healing process, regulate skin oils, prevent future sun damage and treat numerous skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. When it comes to this magic ingredient there are many homemade recipes you can try or you can purchase over-the-counter options that include turmeric on their ingredient list.
Here, some BITB-approved store-bought winners:
Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Cleansing Butter ($55) is powered by Kasturi Turmeric to brighten your complexion, give you anti-oxidant protection and keep your skin soft, supple and healthy-looking. It also features honey for its natural humectant properties, Chamomile Butter to pamper your skin and reverse redness and 24 Karat Gold to soothe. You’ll love the luxurious solid-to-oil formula that easily removes makeup, dirt and debris. It comes complete with a root-based veggie sponge that makes it easy to cleanse and gently slough dead skin cells. To use, simply melt a small amount of cleanser in your warmed palms and apply to dry skin. Then, dampen the teardrop-shaped sponge and massage your face in a circular motion to remove impurities.
Perricone MD PRE:EMP Series Skin Perfecting Serum ($90) will feel slightly tingly and warm on application. You can use it to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores and a lackluster, dull or unevenly textured complexion. It’s formulated with an antioxidant complex that includes phytonutrients turmeric, green tea, olive leaf and cress sprouts, DMAE, Vitamin C Ester and Alpha Lipoic Acids to keep skin more youthful, tighten and brighten, and gently resurface skin’s texture. Apply to cleansed face and neck daily to treat skin and prime it before your skin care and makeup application.
Origins Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Mask ($38) gives your skin what it needs to reduce redness and reactivity. Rich in soothing ingredients like turmeric, reishi mushrooms, ginger and holy basil, redness-relievers such as Chinese black bamboo leaf extract, and moisture-replenishing plant extract, this mask restores, revitalizes, de-stresses and protects.
NOTE: The Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Cleansing Butter, Perricone MD PRE:EMP Series Skin Perfecting Serum and Origins Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Mask products have been tested in store. Opinions are my own.