Turmeric 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??!!
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!
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.
THIS MASK WILL STAIN YOUR SKIN ORANGE AND MUST BE REMOVED WITH A FACIAL CLEANSER!
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!
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!
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.