Turmeric Yogurt Brigthening Mask

turmeric maskTurmeric is a BIG DEAL in Asian and Middle Eastern cultures.  Many Indian women swear by using turmeric in their beauty regime-I think they are on to something because Indian women typically have beautiful skin and age slowly.

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??!!

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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.  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!

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!

Honey is just crazy good for the skin.  Read more about honey and the skin HERE.  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!

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Turmeric/Yogurt Brightening Mask

1 tsp. plain yogurt (greek works well too)

2 tsp. organic turmeric

1/2 tsp. raw honey

1/2 a 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.  I love lots of lemon but too much can burn some skin types.  Also, 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.  Plan to do it before a shower.  I made a huge mess once my mask had been on my skin and I was ready to wash it off.    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 about 2x.  You might even need to use a toner after the shower to further remove the orange.  For me, I was bright orange after I removed the mask with just water.  After washing my face once all the orange came off, but just to make sure, I washed again.  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!

Turmeric and Yogurt DIY mask

This might sound like a big mess but it’s totally 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 DIY masks!!

I found turmeric at Target but it is such a popular eastern spice that you will find it at an Indian or even Asian market if your local grocery store doesn’t have it.  I don’t think you’ll have an issue finding it 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!

xx, Jenni


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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.  My mask gets in my brows every time but I haven’t had the issue of it dying my hair-my brows are dark though.


Turmeric and Yogurt Mask

Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. Elizabeth
    November 11, 2014 / 7:12 pm

    I can vouch for tumeric staining. I use fresh tumeric root, along with ginger, to make a tea. I stain my kitchen towels every time! I am excited to try this mask…have everything except the yogurt.

    • Sv
      October 31, 2017 / 11:00 pm

      Best way to remove turmeric stain is sunlight! Just dry the stained clothes in sunlight 😄

  2. catlady
    November 13, 2014 / 12:39 am

    also, be very careful about spreading it on your face and how you remove it. i have bright orange hair around my temples since using a turmeric mask–back in JULY!!!! think i will have this strange brassy orange hair until it grows out, it doesn’t seem to be fading away.

    • November 15, 2014 / 4:42 pm

      Catlady-WHAT??!!! Oh my gosh! That’s crazy! Thanks so much for sharing! I will add this to the post. You must have light colored hair! Have you tried a purple shampoo? Wonder if that would fade it?

      • Andrea campbell
        September 3, 2017 / 5:18 pm

        I’ve been using this mask for about a year now… all I can say is Wow.. I have no problem with staining ever… I mix it up and store in fridge for up to two weeks.. I have glowing skin … many people ask what I use on my skin to keep it so youthful and wrinkle free.. I’m 59 years old and no one believes my age!!! I use this mask about 3-5 times a week .. live it

        • Jenni
          September 6, 2017 / 10:08 am

          Andrea-That’s great!! I’m so glad to hear it!

  3. Yeda
    April 6, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    Just a little correction of something that nagged at me. You keep saying middle eastern and following it up in the next sentence with Indian. India is not in the middle east. Just FYI. Thanks.

    • April 7, 2015 / 7:17 am

      Yeda-Thanks for letting me know!!! I will change it! I always appreciate when my readers correct mistakes-and you taught me something!! Thanks again!

      • Sayena
        November 9, 2019 / 7:57 am

        Turmeric is much used in India and in middle eastern and West asian countries, like Iran and Turkey. I’m Iranian and we basically can’t live without it 😉 I’m going to try this mask today.

        • Jenni
          November 10, 2019 / 12:18 pm

          Sayena-Oh good-I hope it went well!

  4. April 11, 2015 / 2:41 pm

    I do not even know how I finished up right here, but I assumed this post was great.
    I don’t realize who you might be but certainly you are going to a well-known blogger if you aren’t already.

  5. December 3, 2015 / 9:38 am

    I too can agree with Tumeric staining! Tried this mask before and had nod known about double cleaning afterwards. ..looked a little jaundice foe awhile..lol.
    Thanks again for all of these wonderful recipes you are so gracious top skate!

  6. Kristi
    April 18, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    You might want to be careful about getting turmeric in your eyebrows as it is a natural hair remover!

    • Jenni
      April 19, 2016 / 9:26 am

      Kristi-What?! Really? That’s crazy-I didn’t know that!

      • Kristi
        April 19, 2016 / 7:59 pm

        Yes, and I have used it, so I can verify that it does work!

        • Brenda
          November 29, 2016 / 12:45 pm

          Oooo i could deal with orange arm pits,and orange legs (winter time) lol

  7. jennifer
    May 14, 2016 / 4:16 am

    Been using turmeric for awhile now since I married my husband from Jordan and my skin is great! I’m 23 and was told I looked 18… Not that 23 year olds look old but I mean hey, think of the future! Someone said they didn’t have yogurt and whole milk works just as well but bc it is liquid you have to use more turmeric which also makes the yellow slightly harder to wash off but it will come off and itsworth the benefits. Also to tthe hair staining comment I’m not sure why it’s doing that… Months seems crazy to have it stained… Anyways I will say milk also helps remove the yellow I found and last thing is turmeric helps with stunting the hair growth on the face so try not to get it on the rots of your hair, eyelashes or eyebrows bc if it doesn’t stunt the growth then apparently it’ll leave your hair stained orange for months which omg I’m so sorry that happens if freak out!

    • jennifer
      May 14, 2016 / 4:18 am

      So many spelling mistakes… Sorry bout that!

    • Jenni
      May 23, 2016 / 7:52 am

      Jennifer-Thanks for sharing this! I love turmeric! Seems to be a very popular discussion among people! I have heard that it does help with hair growth which is crazy!! I will try milk next time!!

  8. sreyashi roy
    July 25, 2016 / 2:34 am

    Hiii, theres another way to remove that orange tinge which is highly natural and very effective.. And yes you dont need a toner or cleanser therefore… After washing your face with plain water, Just apply olive oil or coconut oil on ur face, gently massage it and all the tinges gonna go… Voila ☺☺😊😊 you need up with a fair bright nourished skin.. Im an Indian and i have started using this mask from past 1 month.. And oil mks it even better i tell you.. ..Its highly recommended..

  9. Sarvani
    July 25, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Turmeric that is used as spice is generally not used in face masks. Kasturi turmeric does not stain. You could try that. Also using chickpea flour to wash it away instead of soap might help with the staining. Thank you for the amazing face mask.

    • Sarah
      May 21, 2020 / 2:42 am

      Do you have to use raw honey? I just have normal honey

      • Jenni
        May 21, 2020 / 5:44 pm

        Sarah-No you can use what you have but raw honey is always better because it’s less processed and therefore contains more nourishing properties.

  10. Katrina
    September 14, 2016 / 11:51 am

    My face got burning afTee using don’t know why

    • Jenni
      September 15, 2016 / 12:30 pm

      Katrina-I can’t imagine what made your skin burn. I’ve not heard of tumeric being strong. There is acid in yogurt though. It could just be an ingredient you are sensitive to. So sorry!

      • Maya
        March 13, 2017 / 6:50 am

        At first I was really excited about trying it out…now I regret it. My face swell so bad, I got a severe rash, and I got pimples everywhere even on my checks (I never in my life had more than 3 pimples on forehead). To sum it up, I had a face, now I don’t…never trying a mask on again.

        • Jenni
          March 15, 2017 / 4:59 pm

          Maya-You must be allergic to turmeric. Sorry you had such a bad experience!

    • Laura
      January 5, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Maybe it’s the lemon? You can try using more yogurt and honey?

  11. Laura
    January 5, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Hi! I’m excited that turmeric masks are increasing in popularity-I’ve been using one for about a year and a half or so about once a month and I always feel like I’m glowing after using it! However, if your skin is prone to staining, I recommend lowering the amount of turmeric you use and using milk on a cotton ball as a type of “toner” afterwards, it always works for me! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Kristin
    May 12, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Hello! This looks like a wonderful mask I WILL be trying. I had one question, how often do you use this? I’m looking for a mask to do a couple times a week but I’m concerned about butting lemon on my face so much…also do you follow up with a serum? Does your face feel dry afterwards?

    • Jenni
      June 2, 2017 / 8:53 am

      Hi Kristin-Honestly, this is a mask I don’t do hardly at all. It’s wonderful for the skin but I get so annoyed with how turmeric stains everything. And you’re so right-lemon on your skin too often is not a good thing. I have a section in my recipe catalog of other DIY masks that would be better for 2x a week. Go HERE for that list. Whatever is best will greatly depend on your skin type and what you are trying to accomplish.

  13. Vero
    August 16, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Thank you for this great recipe! Just ,please beware – turmeric is said inhibit hair growth – so don’t let it stay on your eyebrows.

    • Jenni
      August 16, 2017 / 6:45 pm

      Vero-Good to know! Thanks for sharing!

  14. sharanya
    September 10, 2017 / 7:29 am

    can i skip the lemon??

    • Jenni
      September 12, 2017 / 9:55 am

      Sharanya-Yes, for sure!

  15. February 22, 2018 / 4:59 am

    hii… i am 22 yr old and now i am having pimples..i am only using plain yogurt(no lemon ) , when it dry i wash it off and mosturize my face..but i am applying it 2 or 3 times a day..its natural and i can see the result.. i want to sure that am i doing in right way using it 2 to 3 time a day?

    • Jenni
      March 2, 2018 / 6:17 pm

      Elena-I wouldn’t do it 2-3x a day. Yogurt is somewhat exfoliating. I would do every other day. It could bother your skin if you do it even daily.

  16. Lanna Lee
    June 2, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    India is not in the Middle East – it’s in South Asia.

  17. Sarah
    June 24, 2018 / 5:40 am

    Hiya, was just wondering whether any excess face mask made can be stored for later use in the fridge? or would I have to get rid of all the extra face mask Ive got left in my bowl? Thanks Xx

    • Jenni
      June 29, 2018 / 11:12 am

      Sarah-Hi!! You could but only for a couple days.

  18. Sue
    July 5, 2018 / 9:31 am

    I’V BEEN SEEING turmeric ALL OVER yOUtUBE LATELY SO i decided to USE this mask yesterday omitting the fresh lemon juice since my skin doesn’t react well to it. Added 3 drops of Lemon eo, skin’s ok with that. I really liked this mask a lot and it’s so easy to put together and nice to know it can be saved in the fridge for a few days. I hd no problem removing the residual yellow staining using theOCM.
    I did see a comment to use Vaseline or non-petroleum jelly on eyebrows and along hairline to avoid staining or hair loss.
    I saw another use for Turmeric is tooth whitening. Odd to think something that stains so badly could be used to whiten the teeth…

  19. Nicola P
    October 3, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Apparently using almond or coconut oil afterwards remove the stains, I’m going to try it this evening so I’ll post an update soon!

    • Jenni
      October 6, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      Nicola-Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to try this!

  20. October 29, 2018 / 6:03 pm

    Hi jenni!!
    How long will it take turmeric and yoghurt to fade dark spots??i love your blog

  21. October 29, 2018 / 6:05 pm

    Hi jenni!!!
    How long will it take turmeric and yoghurt to fade dark spots??i love your blog..

    • Jenni
      November 9, 2018 / 8:16 am

      Jade-It takes different time for different skin. It’s very hard to say. Thank you!!!

  22. Sunita Pattanayak
    December 23, 2018 / 4:59 pm

    Absolutely awsome!!! Should use cocunut oil after rinsing once and then rinsing again with cold water after 5 -10 mins. Really smooth and rejuvenated skin after use!!

  23. Corlyn Pinkney
    March 4, 2019 / 5:26 pm

    Which tumeric to use?

    • Jenni
      April 7, 2019 / 4:42 pm

      Corlyn-An organice turmeric in the spice section at the grocery store will do!

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