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Tamarind Seed Benefits for Your Skin

Aug 24, 2022

Skin Care

In the world of skin care, we are often met with ingredients that are not found in our daily vocabulary and find ourselves in a rabbit hole researching the chemicals that don’t seem to add up. Nourishing our skin, just as we nourish our internal organs, with holistic household ingredients uplifts our control over our skin health and heals with nature’s finest gifts. Tamarind Seed is one such ingredient, packed with abundant benefits for your skin. Filled with antioxidants such as Vitamins C and K, Tamarind will no longer be the underrated ingredient that’s reserved solely for the kitchen. Read on to learn more about the expansive benefits of Tamarind Seed.

What is the Tamarind Plant?

Tamarind Plant is indigenous to Madagascar, Africa, and grows wild throughout tropical Africa. The plant migrated to Southeast Asia through countries such as the Philippines, where it is widely used for its various food and medicinal uses. Tamarind is also very popular in India, traveling from Africa to the Ganga Valley millenniums ago. Now it is cultivated across India throughout the subcontinent, especially in areas such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu.

Tamarind is extracted through wet and dry processes. To extract the pulp, Tamarind is soaked in hot water, with the seeds and fiber, for 15-20 minutes and then squeezed to separate the flesh from the seeds. When extracting the seed itself, Tamarind is processed in a dry manner to avoid the pulp sticking to the outer shell of the seed.

History of Tamarind’s use in Ayurvedic cultures

The pulp of Tamarind pods is an ancient Ayurvedic ingredient used to detoxify the skin and ensure its natural glow. Tamarind paste was also applied to treat wounds due to its immunity-boosting and anti-microbial properties. The ingredient also had a pacifying effect on the Vata and Kapha doshas while increasing the Pitta dosha. In Ayurveda, Tamarind is used in multiple forms — fruit, oil, leaves, bark, and even ashes.

Benefits of Tamarind Seeds

There are many other benefits of Tamarind that we can apply to our everyday lives, particularly around skin care. Let’s discuss the top ones in more detail.

Helps retain moisture

Tamarind is a natural humectant, aiding in absorbing moisture from the environment and locking it into our skin cells. This fruit is a great alternative to hyaluronic acid, which contains anti-aging properties and supports hydration. By retaining this moisture, tamarind prevents signs of premature aging such as dryness and wrinkles and promotes skin elasticity.

Full of antioxidants

Antioxidants promote skin repair from damage caused by internal and environmental factors, such as scarring and inflammation. Tamarind is rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants that stimulate collagen production and provide protection from harmful free radicals. These properties delay premature signs of aging and ensure the longevity of healthy skin.

Strong source of AHAs

AHAs, alpha-hydroxy acids, are a major ingredient in many skin care exfoliant products due to their power to remove impurities that lie under the skin barrier and unclog your pores for a smoother complexion. Tamarind pulp contains this powerful ingredient. When incorporating Tamarind into your skin care ritual you’ll begin to notice a reduction in blemishes and hyperpigmentation, leaving your skin with a texture and a natural glow.

Packed with important vitamins

Tamarind is rich in diverse vitamins, such as Vitamins C, K, and B, that combat multiple skin care concerns. Vitamin C and Vitamin K stimulate collagen production, prevent sun damage, and alleviate the effects of acne. Many forms of Vitamin B are found in Tamarind, including B1, B3, and B6. The role of Vitamin B in skin care includes supporting moisture retention and brightening skin complexion. Vitamin B3, also known as Niacin, is one of the best forms of Vitamin B for your skin health. Abundant in Tamarind, Vitamin B3 supports the plethora of benefits found in Vitamin C and Vitamin K.

Brightens skin

Tamarind has been used in skin care rituals for years due to its brightening properties. The antioxidants in Tamarind reduce blemishes, evens skin tone, and lessen the effects of hyperpigmentation. Using a Tamarind infused serum or face mask will provide the skin brightening benefits of tamarind over time.

Calms inflammation

The anti-inflammatory properties of Tamarind soothe skin ailments like psoriasis, eczema, and acne, by controlling flares and outbreaks. This is due to a micronutrient called polyphenols that naturally occurs in Tamarind. Polyphenols have potent properties that support anti-inflammation, both internally and topically. These characteristics prevent the formation of free radicals and can also soothe skin irritation in circumstances such as sunburns or chemical burns.

Experience Tamarind’s benefits for yourself

If you’re looking forward to including Tamarind into your skin care ritual, it’s important to find which products best fit your needs. Cleansers and face masks will promote the exfoliating properties of Tamarind through short-term benefits. Serums and moisturizers allow Tamarind to sink deep into your skin and stimulate long-term benefits such as brightening properties and reducing the appearance of blemishes. A combination of both varieties of products is a great way to experience the expansive benefits of Tamarind.

Check out our Moisturizing Hydra-Cream that contains enriching ingredients such as Tamarind Seed, Moringa Leaf, Lychee, and more.

 

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