TURMERIC AND YOGURT
Turmeric has long been a magic ingredient, be it in the kitchen or beauty routines. Home-made yogurt may be seen as a simple delicacy in summer, and when mixed with turmeric, it also makes a simple topical scrub, which cleanses, nourishes and heals the skin. “Blending turmeric with yogurt is known to be cooling, cleansing and nourishing. As yogurt has a binding property it enhances the benefits of turmeric”, says Dr Ravindra Gangwani, MBS Ayurvedic Centre, Pune. “Of the regular turmeric and the latter is more beneficial for topical application. Yogurt set from cow’s milk is recommended over buffalo milk yogurt as the former is more potent,” says Dr Gangwani. The turmeric-yoghurt scrub is suitable for all skin types; however it is most beneficial for dry skin. The scrub may be kept on for about 15 minutes, then moistened with water, gently rubbed and washed off. Dr Gangwani says a teaspoon of turmeric and four teaspoons of yoghurt may be blended for a regular face scrub. A teaspoon of gram flour may be added to the scrub, for enhanced cleansing. A pinch of the ayurvedic herb (Long pepper) added to the scrub gives you healthier skin. Adding half a teaspoon of olive oil helps to nourish the skin and make it soft and smooth.