Trendy skincare ingredients are a dime a dozen, and while some don't actually do much (cough cough, matcha) others, like turmeric, have major benefits. According to a 2016 study, turmeric exhibits anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-neoplastic properties that, when applied topically and taken orally, can provide therapeutic benefits for skin health. Turmeric-infused skincare products are popping up left and right, so to better understand what it is and how to used it, we tapped cosmetic chemist Ron Robinson of BeautyStat.com.
What are the main benefits of using turmeric-infused skincare products?
Apart from the aforementioned perks, Robinson says that turmeric-infused products can also boost collagen, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. "Those who have inflamed skin, such as those with acne or acne scarring, may also benefit from it given turmeric’s ability to help soothe inflamed skin and even out skin tone," he explains.
What's the best way to integrate turmeric into your skincare routine?
As with most products with active ingredients, the longer the turmeric-infused skincare product sits on the skin, the more time the turmeric will have to work with its anti-inflammatory magic. Robinson suggests using turmeric-infused face masks and serums: "I really like Kiehl's Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque because it gives skin an instant radiant glow." Noted.
Are there any risks to using turmeric skincare?
According to Robinson and other studies, turmeric doesn't pose a risk. "Given its soothing benefits, it can be used by most skin types," he explains. Additionally, he says that since turmeric an ingredient that works well with most other skincare ingredients, it's also safe to mix with your existing products daily.
If you're interested in testing out this effective ingredient, here are the best turmeric-infused skincare products on the market:
1. Kiehl's Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque
Shop it! $45, sephora.com
Robinson's top pick helps reduce redness and works with cranberry seed to give skin a radiant glow. For best results, use it three times a week for 10 minutes each time.
2. Sunday Riley C.E.O Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil
Shop it! $40, sephora.com
This lightweight oil is a dream come true for people experiencing dull skin—the combination of turmeric with vitamin C will help brighten your overall complexion and even out dark spots.
3. The INKEY List Turmeric Brightening Moisturizer
The INKEY List
Shop it! $12.99, sephora.com
If you're looking to dip your toes into the trend, look no further than this affordable pick. It combines turmeric with protective vitamin E and moisturizing squalane, so your skin will feel plump and smooth after using it.
4. Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate
Shop it! $89, sephora.com
For those looking for a more heavy-duty anti-aging product, this Clarins serum is here to help. It's infused with over 20 plant extracts that work to firm and brighten skin. For best results, apply it daily in the morning and at night.
5. KORA Organics Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask
Shop it! $48, koraorganics.com
Get a supermodel glow with this face mask created by Miranda Kerr. Apart from using turmeric, it also has exfoliating papaya enzymes, acne-clearing Aspen bark, and soothing aloe vera. To use, apply it as a face mask and leave it on for 15 minutes before gently washing it off with warm water. If you want a physical exfoliation, you can also rub the product into your skin in small circular motions.