Simple at-home remedy for dry skin from India

October 2, 2015
Volume 3    |   Issue 39

Extremely dry skin is important to correct. It's important not only because it can make you look considerably older, but also because dry skin can eventually crack. This gives bacteria an opportunity to enter the body and cause skin infections. When my colleague Kiara was younger, she suffered from very dry skin. Kiara's now a dermatologist. But when she was growing up in India, it was her grandmother who first taught her how to soothe and heal the dryness.

Whenever Kiara's skin started to bother her, her grandmother would mix up a paste for her to use until her skin recovered. It was simple: two teaspoons of turmeric combined with 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup of whole milk. Kiara would apply this paste wherever her skin was dry, and usually after three days of application, it transformed her skin. Then regular body moisturizers like pure coconut oil would help maintain her skin's health.

This remedy didn't just work because Kiara's grandmother made it with love. You see, turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant and natural anti-inflammatory. In fact, curcumin is powerful enough that several studies have found it to be effective at inhibiting some of the inflammatory enzymes involved in psoriasis, without the significant side effects often associated with other solutions.

In one particular study, participants who applied a topical treatment containing curcumin scored much better on both the Dermatology Life Quality Index Questionnaire and the Psoriasis Area & Severity Index compared to the members of the control group.  There was a noticeable difference in their before-and-after pictures too.

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Curcumin is also effective at healing wounds, particularly when applied topically, according to a review published last year in Life Sciences. This review summarizes curcumin as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, anti-coagulant, and anti-infective.  All those antis can start to sound pretty negative, but that simply means curcumin fights for your health on a variety of fronts.

Since turmeric is the main spice in curry, you may already have some on hand. If not, you can pick some up at your local grocery store — along with the whole milk (preferably organic) — if you'd like to try Kiara's grandmother's recipe for yourself. As you apply these ingredients to your skin, they will calm the inflammation process and begin restoring your skin so that you can look and feel your best.

Then be sure to follow the treatment up with a rich moisturizer to help keep the problem from coming back. Consider taking an anti-inflammatory, such as Reduloxin, for a couple of weeks, to down-regulate the inflammation from within. It contains a special form of turmeric that's highly absorbable and works extremely well to reduce all the inflammation in your body — including your skin. You also can use Systeme 41's Moisturizing Hand & Body Crème, — which is both nutritive and easily absorbed to keep skin moist. It also aids in making the skin less vulnerable to dry skin.

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