More than just the star ingredient of golden milk, turmeric has been a go-to treatment for everything from gut troubles to Sunday morning hangovers for centuries. And it’s no wonder: Made from the root of the curcuma domestica plant, the spice has an impressive number of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric’s top notch rep is all thanks to curcumin, a chemical compound that helps your body fight foreign invaders and repair cellular damage. Along with helping calm inflammation within the body, curcumin is also beneficial for skin health. It can help combat winter dullness and eczema, help wounds heal faster by increasing collagen production, may decrease UV damage, and can even reduce acne and the resulting scarring.
With all of these buzzwords in the mix, I went on a mission to find the best anti-inflammatory turmeric skin care out there. Here, my faves for every skin type.
With turmeric and niacinamide, Sweet Chef’s new eye cream nourishes the sensitive area around your lids and protects your skin’s barrier. I love it because it absorbs faster than you can say “Probiotics!” which it also has a ton of.
Shop now: Sweet Chef Turmeric + Vitamin C Booster Eye Cream, $22
This cream may be marketed as a face mask for dry, sensitive, or eczema-prone skin, but, rest assured, it can be used anywhere on your body. I used it on the dry spots inside my elbows and behind my knees for a few nights and can attest to this product being a true member of #hydrationnation. In addition to turmeric, the mask also contains a who’s who of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients including colloidal oatmeal, green tea extract, and ginseng.
Shop now: Topicals Like Butter Hydrating Mask, $32
The Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream is a super-lightweight moisturizer that smells like childhood. And by childhood I mean banana Laffy Taffy. Yes, I want to rub it all over my face and smell like Halloween all day. With banana, chia seed, magnesium, and turmeric, it’s a master at locking in moisture without leaving behind a greasy feel that many other gel-like moisturizers do.
Shop now: Glow Recipe Banana Souffle Moisture Cream, $39
If you love turmeric both in your skin care and in your food, then you need this turmeric-packed moisturizer that actually smells like the spice. The lightweight lotion is joined by vitamin E and squalene for a redness-fighting and brightening step to your daily routine.
Shop now: The Inkey List Turmeric Moisturizer, $13
With vitamin C and turmeric, this hydrating oil is the perfect antioxidant boost that also leaves behind a perfect dewy glow. And compared to other face oils, it doesn’t feel too oily which is the best part.
Shop now: Sunday Riley CEO Glow Vitamin C and Turmeric Oil, $40
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