Brighten up with turmeric! Photo courtesy of GloTherapeutics

As with argan oil, the benefits of the spice turmeric have long been popular in cultures outside the US. Best known for spicing up Indian curry, turmeric is now being officially studied for its anti-inflammatory benefits and its ability to possibly prevent cancer, Alzheimer's disease and arthritis.

Holistic health guru Dr. Andrew Weil does a good job of explaining turmeric's superpowers here.

But turmeric doesn't stop there! It also has antioxidant properties that help brighten skin and create a more even, glowing complexion. Check out these beauty must-haves and rev up your skin with turmeric.


GloTherapeutics GloBrightening Polish - A facial scrub with turmeric and other potent skin brighteners to sweep away dull skin and fade sun damage.

Juara Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask - Juara's products are based on centuries-old Indonesian beauty rituals -- this mask detoxifies stressed skin in a flash.

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Conditioning Lip Balm with Turmeric
- Don't neglect your lips! Keep 'em soft and healthy with an antioxidant lip balm like this one.

Lush Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask - This mask packs in turmeric plus natural botanicals like parsley, ginger root and lime juice to give your skin a fresh-faced glow. The masks are so freshly made they are only available in the refrigerated section of stores -- find one in your area here.

DDF Advanced Moisture Defense UV Cream SPF 15 - Uses a science-y turmeric complex to fight free radicals, plus hydrating ingredients to help firm and plump the skin.