Turmeric is one of the best kept secrets of Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. Many Indian women swear by using turmeric in their beauty regime-they are definitely on to something because Indian women typically have beautiful skin and seem to age slowly. There are so many beauty benefits in this spice and while it tends to stain the skin, it’s easy to remove and worth the hassle. Today, I’m going to teach you how to use turmeric on your face or at least how I use it on my face as well as share the amazing benefits you can easily reap!
Benefits of Turmeric on the Skin:
Turmeric has anti inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. Turmeric helps fight acne and blackheads. It has also been known to help other skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It is used to help heal and prevent dry skin, slow signs of aging, diminish wrinkles, and improve skin’s elasticity! Wait, what??!!
The curcumin found in turmeric can help wounds heal by decreasing inflammation and oxidation. It also lowers the response of your body to cutaneous wounds. This results in your wounds healing more quickly.
Studies have found that turmeric can positively affect tissue and collagen as well!
- Lightens pigmentation
- Soothes and heals eczema
- Accelerates healing
- Encourages elasticity and collagen production
- Reduces puffiness and redness
- Brightens the complexion
- Regulates oil production
- Reduces facial hair growth
- Helps fight breakouts
Turmeric is also amazing to incorporate into your diet. Try out my yummy Turmeric Latte recipe! I’ve even been known to add it to my smoothies!
Other Brightening Turmeric Mask Ingredients:
Yogurt is amazing for the skin as well-Not only does it contain probiotics to help rid your gut of bad bacteria, (read more on how the gut is the key to beautiful skin HERE) when you put it on your skin you get the benefits of zinc and lactic acid! Not only does the lactic acid in yogurt give you a bit of an exfoliation, the yogurt itself is very nourishing and helps combat the drying that can come with an acid. Zinc is excellent for reducing sun spots and scars.
One more bit of info. about yogurt-It is said that Cleopatra-our ancient beauty guru, used to bathe in yogurt due to the wonderful results for her whole body! If Cleopatra did it, it’s probably a good thing!
Add a bit of lemon and you really get a mask with some skin lightening power-not to mention the acid in lemons helps with more exfoliation!
Honey is an amazing ingredient to us on the skin. Read more about honey and the skin HERE. Did you know honey makes a great cleanser? Honey is antibacterial as well as very nourishing for dry skin. It’s helpful with healing as well. Honey is also antioxidant rich which will help fight free radicals that are trying to age you faster!
As you can see, this is a power pact mask that is easy to make and does wonders for the skin when used on a regular basis.
I will worn you-TURMERIC STAINS!!! This is a very messy mask and you will need to be careful with how you prepare and use this mask-I’ll clear that up better after the recipe!
How to Use Turmeric on Your Face
Turmeric/Yogurt Brightening Mask
1 tsp. plain Greek yogurt
2 tsp. organic turmeric
1/2 tsp. raw honey
1/2 tsp-1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon
Thoroughly mix yogurt, turmeric and honey together in a small bowl. Cut a lemon in 1/2 and squeeze the juice over your mixture. Beware that too much lemon can make your mask very runny so be aware of the consistency-we want it to stay on our skin and not drip.
I suggest you apply this mask and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. You can use this mask 2x a week.
Turmeric Beauty Tip:
Add a little sugar to the homemade turmeric mask and use as an exfoliator for added softness!
Turmeric Will Stain Your Face & Towels!
Plan to use turmeric DIYs right before a shower.
The first time I used this mask I got orange all over my bathroom counter, all over my white hand towel and not to mention my orange skin afterwards!! This is why I suggest rinsing it off when you get in the shower so your towel isn’t involved until it’s completely removed.
Also be ready to wash your face 2 times. Cleanser easily removed the orange.
OH and just so you know-the orange did not come out of my white towel after the washing machine-so it really does stain!! Watch out for your clothes!
UPDATE: A reader shared with me that this mask stained her hair line and it’s been months and has not come out! Be very careful around your brows and hair, especially if it is light.
Turmeric is Worth It!
My skin feels so nourished, replenished and smooth afterwards. I love that I can make a mask that not only will not clog my pores but will help my existing clogged pores while replenishing my skin with hydration at the same time!! Not to mention the anti aging!! It’s the Swiss army knife of homemade masks!!
Turmeric is a common spice and should be easy to find at your local grocery store. I would stick to organic though!
Please comment below and let me know how much your skin loved this mask or share other homemade masks that you love!! Commit to doing it every week for at least a month-you’ll love it!
More Homemade Masks You’ll Love!
- Spirulina Yogurt Mask
- Dry Skin Mask
- Oatmeal Rose Petal Mask
- Seaweed Face Mask
- Coffee & Chocolate Antioxidant Mask