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Meet our Ingredients: Turmeric


Skin Bleaching 

We've all heard of skin bleaching and we've all heard about its nasty side effects. 

What we haven't all heard of is the actual product that is used in hyperpigmentation treatments. Meet hydroquinone. 

Hydroquinone, which is extensively used in the treatment of hyperpigmentation is associated with unfortunate side effects including intense dryness, pruritus, erythema, and so much more. 

The team at Gaia's Lab moves away from chemical agents like hydroquinone and toward natural ingredients like turmeric for these common skin ailments. 

Turmeric is loaded with something called tyrosinase inhibitors. These are agents that interfere in the melanin production pathway, making it the perfect natural alternative for skin lightening treatments and creams. Turmeric has been revered in India for decades and is at the center of Ayurvedic treatments. Today, it is used as a cosmetic ingredient, health food supplement, spice, natural food colorant. 

The Benefits of Turmeric 

Antioxidant/Melanin Suppressor: Turmeric as an antioxidant is helpful in preventing the formation of free radicals in the skin. Specifically, it protects your skin cells from UV radiation damage and can overall help brighten the appearance of your skin. 

Free Radical Protection: Free radicals on the surface of the skin, generated through exposure to ultraviolet radiation, chemicals, or other environmental stress factors stimulate aging of the skin. Turmeric prevents the absorption or formation of these free radicals and can be very beneficial as an anti-aging component in skincare. 

We use turmeric compounds in our turmeric skin serum, which can be found here!


1 comment


  • Jessica

    This is such a great and informative post on the use of Turmeric for hyper-pigmentation! I’ll definitely check out the skin serum. Plus, it’s important to raise awareness of some of the risks associated with the use of hydroquinone — it is the active ingredient in some of my current skincare products, and I’m always looking to green up my routine. Thank you for this!!


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