Cream with Turmeric Helps to Fight Wrinkles, Studies Says

Mar 10, 2010
The skin care products containing turmeric, an ingredient commonly used in Indian curry spices are effective in reducing wrinkles, dark spots and other signs of ageing skin, the new study suggests.

Cheri Swanson, a senior scientists at Procter and Gamble Beauty and Grooming and the lead author of the study, tested a moisturizing cream, containing turmeric and niacinamide, part of vitamin B group on 89 women, aged between 40 and 60. One group of women were using face cream with turmeric and niacinamide, while the other group applied cream with niacinamide alone twice a day for eight weeks.

The results of the study showed that face cream with turmeric and niacinamide had 15 percent higher effectiveness at reducing wrinkles than the cream without turmeric.

The other study conducted on 105 Asian women, aged between 25 and 55, revealed that moisturizing cream with turmeric helped to fade pigmented dark spots by 15 percent.

Turmeric, an ingredient with strong odor and bright orange color has long been used in Indian cuisine and medicine for treatment of various health conditions, including cancer, inflammation and indigestion. The ingredient has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which explains its effectiveness against wrinkles and other ageing signs.

The results of the study were presented at the meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.