I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
Turmeric is such a beneficial herb. It’s currently being studied for some big-time medical applications, and it has been used for thousands of years in India for beauty as well as medicine. Whether taken internally or externally, its uses are numerous, but its staining power is not to be toyed with.
The bright golden hue imparted by turmeric powder is from curcumin, a phenol-like resveratrol that has some serious skin-saving abilities. The stuff is being researched left and right due to its free-radical quashing, wound healing, and potential neuroprotectant properties. (That's quite a mouthful!)
As far as skincare is concerned, unless you are on the medium to darker side of the spectrum, turmeric will stain your skin yellow if you aren’t careful. Lawd knows it stains tubs, towels and cookware with stunning efficiency. I usually buy the stuff at my local Indian market (a must-see in NYC as their selection of spices and hard-to-find ingredients can’t be beat). Dual Specialty Store also stocks imported beauty products, and most of them are less than $10 dollars, so an impulse buy happens almost every time.
And that’s how I found Vicco Turmeric Cream. I saw "turmeric" and "sandalwood" on the bottle and involuntarily opened my wallet. The brightly colored powder is worked into a beeswax and sandalwood-oil base that smells flipping bomb and does lots of good stuff for skin.
Its cooling texture makes it a perfect summer cream for daytime. The formula sinks in really quickly and dries to a matte finish that is glowy and soft. The turmeric content is sooooo crucial for people like me experiencing oily skin as well as hormonal acne; I've never found it to clog my pores or aggravate acne, and I've been using it pretty consistently for about four years.
In fact, I found the opposite to be true: my skin glows when I use this stuff. Sure, I like a complicated routine, but finishing off my day steez with this cream is like applying a moisturizer and primer in one step. I actually find it super-similar to Sulwhasoo's 10 times more expensive Luminature Essential Finisher, which is one of my fave makeup/skincare crossover products.
So what else can you use it for?
It turns out I have used it for a huge variety of things over the years, and always with success. It makes a killer spot treatment; the turmeric content is pretty high, something like 12% (!!!) which is not something you could achieve with a DIY. A DIY version would also likely stain the eff out of your skin no matter what your skin tone is. In the context of acne, it works in a more general way, reducing redness and swelling, as well as helping to fade scarring.
As a primer, this is an oily/combination skin MUST. If I know I'm going minimal, I'll rock it as my only primer. But it certainly holds up to the big show, as when I use it with a few other primer-type products, everything settles in and nothing slides off my face. It really has a natural staying power.
One of my favorite ways to use this stuff is as a nighttime deodorant. I sweat A LOT in my sleep. Luckily it's not really smelly sweat thanks to my chill drinking habits, but I still like to swipe on some extra cream or powder on hot summer nights, or in the winter when I know all my bundling will result in sweaty Dani. It cools the pits as you apply and works fab on the backs of knees or under boobies for summer sweat problems.
Let's talk about the sandalwood sitch. To me, this smells like pure sandalwood perfume or powder, not faux or heavy but definitely bold. You can get this stuff without sandalwood oil (called WSO formula) but I just adore the scented version. Sandalwood is kind to skin, so I think it helps the cream make my skin that much nicer.
Last but not least, I use this cream to add softness, scent, and antioxidants to my neck and decollete; now that I'm twentyLATE I know it's important to hit the whole upper torso. Nothing crazier than seeing someone with a young face and old cleavage! A little really goes a long way—a pea sized amount gets the entire face, neck, and upper chest.
For less than 10 bucks a tube, I am never without this amazing Ayurvedic cream, and I think it will be a staple for many years to come.
- Please tell me I'm not the only one who uses this fabulous cream!
- If not, are you going to try it?
Photos: Darnell Scott