Many people use sunscreen to block the harmful effects of the sun. Sunscreen is made of a cocktail of toxic chemicals. The chemicals are easily absorbed by our skin and enters our blood stream. From there, it starts accumulating in the liver as liver filters the blood flowing in our body. Sunscreens have become the leading cause of skin cancer! It is far better to wear loose, long sleeved clothes, rather than spray chemicals on your skin. This short video gives you the information about sun rays and the harms of using chemical sunscreens.
How does turmeric work? Turmeric is a storehouse of several powerful chemicals. Read this blogpost to understand some of the benefits of turmeric. In addition to all these properties, turmeric also offers protection from the harmful effects of the sun by supporting DNA repair. It also has anti-microbial, antioxidant and anti-cancer property. When skin is exposed to the sun, the Ultraviolet rays in the sun cause a reaction in the skin. This reaction produces COX-2 enzyme. In the presence of curcumin, an active ingredient found in turmeric, the production of COX-2 enzymes is blocked. The study also found that use of curcumin prior to ultraviolet exposure protects skin from ageing and reduces inflammation of the skin. This scientific finding directly applies to the secret of Ponchalai’s morning routine. She applied turmeric early in the morning, before leaving home. Applying turmeric prior to exposure to the sun protects your skin from severe radiation damage. This protected her skin from any side effects due to the exposure to the sun and gave her the soft, glowing skin. Seasonal variation in ultraviolet light was also noted and practices were enforced in song or proverbs. My grandmother used to sing this verse in Tamil— Aaadi chevvai Thaechhu Kuli Aracha Manjal Pooschi Kuli Rough translation means: On this Tuesday in month of Aaadi scrub yourself well and apply ground turmeric when you shower. Here is the verse in Tamil Script ஆடி செவ்வாய் தேச்சுக் குளி அரைச்ச மஞ்சள் பூசிக் குளி Aadi masam in Tamil calendar falls in July-August. Make your own sunblock Here is the recipe to make your own sunblock with turmeric. Recipe: 2 Tablespoon of Organic Turmeric 1 Teaspoon of Organic oil (Olive oil, grape oil or jojoba oil) 1 clean metal bowl Wipe the bowl clean. Add turmeric and organic oil. Mix well until smooth. It should have the consistency of a paste. Moisten the area prior to application. Apply on your face or hands before exposure. You can wash your face after it dries. Have you used turmeric before? Tell us about it. Follow the blog for more exciting updates about #Turmeric! Visit our YouTube Channel and #subscribe for weekly updates https://www.youtube.com/livingsattva