TURMERIC contains the constituent curcumin, which is known to heal skin damage caused by the normal aging process, sun exposure, contact with environmental irritants, including pollution, smoke, and ozone. The role of curcuminoids, yellow phenolic compounds derived from turmeric roots (Curcuma longa, fam. Zingiberaceae), as topical antioxidants are reported to protect healthy human skin cells from oxidase injury, and they can protect the skin against a broad range of physical, chemical and biological factors injuring the skin. Free radicals on the surface of the skin, generated through exposure to ultraviolet radiation, especially the UVB rays, chemicals or other environmental stress factors catalyze aging of the skin. Curcuminoids prevent free radical formation and scavenge free radicals. This combined action is described as a “Bioprotectant” mechanism that protects the integrity of the living cell. The antioxidant effects of curcuminoids combined with their known inhibitory effects on inflammation render them effective in anti-aging and general skin health and integrity. Curcuminoids have also been found to inhibit the activity of tyrosinase, an enzyme that participates in melanogenesis, thereby preventing melanin formation, which results in lightening of the skin tone.
Note: According to two conducted clinical trials in Japan, turmeric applied to cultured melanocytes was found to cut melanin-producing receptor modules by 60%. A test using cultured human skin cells was found to reduce melanin production by 40%. Another test using skin tonic with turmeric resulted in faster recovery of suntanned skin.
TURMERIC, WHITE or Zedoary is similar to that of the Tumeric plant, is cultivated throughout India where it is often used for inflammation and healing wounds and skin ailments. It is known as an anti-cancer agent that blocks cancer cell growth. White Tumeric is anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant content known to be stronger than vitamin E.