Kunyit or Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) has been used for centuries in Indonesia for different purposes such as cooking, as a coloring agent, and as a natural remedy to treat various ailments.
The bioactive component in turmeric, called curcuminoid, is an antioxidant, anti-tumor, anti-fungal, and anti-cancer. Curcuminoids are reported to be strong antioxidants and have antioxidant power 8 times stronger than vitamin E. By applying directly on the skin, turmeric can protect skin from oxidative damage because it contains powerful antioxidants. Back in the day, traditional healers would mix turmeric with other herbal ingredients, to create jamu baths or the iconic Lulur treatment, which is believed to keep the skin healthy and is still used to this date. The anti-inflammatory property makes the spice soothing and beneficial for the treatment of eczema patches.
Studies indicate that turmeric brings out natural radiance to the complexion, speeds up the wound healing process, diminishes the appearance of scars, and eliminates signs of aging.Research demonstrates that the extract obtained from turmeric can regulate excessive sebum secretion, thus helping address acne-related problems.