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Soins cosmétiques à base de curcuma.

Turmeric-based skincare treatments.

Turmeric is a natural ingredient with numerous benefits. It is particularly renowned for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and is included in the formulation of various facial and hair care products. In which types of care can we find turmeric?

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Published February 19, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 7 min read

The benefits of turmeric.

The turmeric is a perennial plant belonging to the Zingiberaceae family. The mechanical grinding of its roots (rhizomes) results in a yellow-orange powder with a spicy aroma. The turmeric has numerous benefits for the skin and hair, making it a component in various cosmetic treatments under its INCI name "Curcuma Longa Rhizome Powder".

  • Anti-inflammatory : The curcumin found in turmeric has the ability to inhibit the induction of COX-2, an inflammatory membrane protein that releases prostaglandins. As such, turmeric can be used to soothe skin or scalp itchiness or certain redness.

  • Antibacterial : numerous studies have demonstrated that curcumin has an effect against several strains of bacteria including Cutibacterium acnes, contributing to the development of acne.

  • Stimulates microcirculation of blood : this property of turmeric is beneficial in combating several issues, notably certain types of dark circles and bags under the eyes, but also in cases of heavy legs.

  • Antioxidant : turmeric protects the skin against free radicals, thereby assisting in the slowing down of skin ageing. It also protects the hair from the appearance of split ends or breakage.

  • Healing : notably, turmeric promotes the epithelialisation of tissues and angiogenesis, processes that play a role in the healing of the skin, including in lesions caused by eczema or psoriasis.

Turmeric: In which skincare treatments?

Thanks to its numerous properties, turmeric has established itself as an essential natural ingredient in the composition of cosmetic care products. Whether they are intended for the face, body or even hair, turmeric can be found in many treatments. There is, at the European level no restriction on the maximum concentration of turmeric powder that can be found in a cosmetic product. However, a content of 5% is generally sufficient to enjoy its benefits.

  • Eye contour care.

    The ability of turmeric to stimulate microcirculation allows it to be included in the formulation of several eye contour treatments. Indeed, by combating the stagnation of blood pigments under the lower eyelid, it reduces the appearance of bluish dark circles and lightens them. Furthermore, turmeric has an inhibitory action on tyrosinase, the key enzyme in the synthesis of melanin, which also enables it to act on brown dark circles.

  • Skincare to prevent skin ageing.

    With its antioxidant properties, turmeric helps to slow down the appearance of wrinkles. Creams, serums... there are many turmeric-based treatments available that combat free radicals, thereby preserving the skin's structural proteins. Furthermore, turmeric has a protective effect on collagen and elastin fibres, which are essential for the skin's suppleness and elasticity.

  • Anti-blemish treatments.

    Turmeric has proven antibacterial properties against the bacteria that cause acne, making its use relevant for individuals with blemish-prone skin. Therefore, it can be found in cleansing gels or creams targeting this skin concern. Turmeric also has a place in treatments aimed at reducing acne scars, due to its healing virtues.

  • Anti-brown spot treatments.

    Sun spots, melasma, hyperpigmentation caused by skin eruptions... whether it's for the skin of the face or body, turmeric can be used to fade the appearance of brown spots.

  • Exfoliations.

    Turmeric is also included in the composition of scrubs due to its micro-grains that provide a micro-abrasive action, ideal for exfoliating the skin and achieving a smoother skin texture. This property depends on the granulometry of the turmeric particles used.

  • Soothing mists.

    The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric allow it to be incorporated into certain calming treatments, particularly in the form of mists. These portable products are primarily intended for individuals with sensitive or irritated skin.

  • Tinted skincare.

    Thanks to its lovely amber hue, turmeric is also found in certain tinted skincare products, such as foundations or eyeshadows.

  • Haircare treatments.

    Shampoos, masks... turmeric can also be found in hair care products. As an antioxidant, it protects the fibres against free radicals, which are responsible for split ends or hair breakage.

The use of turmeric in Typology skincare.

At Typology, we have chosen to incorporate the turmeric powder (INCI: Curcuma Longa Root Extract) into our radiance mask. This treatment is also enriched with lemon verbena hydrosol (INCI: Lippia Citriodora Leaf Water) and yellow clay (INCI: Kaolin), and it helps to revive the skin's radiance, while fighting against its natural photoaging.

This mask evens out the complexion and protects the skin from oxidative stress. It also has a "purifying" effect and refines the skin texture, application after application. After rinsing, it leaves the skin comfortable and nourished, particularly due to the presence of mango butter (INCI: Mangifera Indica Seed Butter) in its composition.

Sources

  • SUDHEER A. & al. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin. Advances in experimental medicine and biology (2007).

  • MAHESHWARI K. & al. Beneficial role of curcumin in skin diseases. Advances in experimental medicine and biology (2007).

  • CAO D. & al. Screening of active fractions from Curcuma Longa Radix isolated by HPLC and GC-MS for promotion of blood circulation and relief of pain. Journal of ethnopharmacology (2019).

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