We are all aware that turmeric has amazing health benefits when consumed, and it’s unique flavor profile makes it a nice addition to many dishes and beverages. I definitely enjoy a nice Golden Latte on a cool afternoon! Turmeric is rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can help relieve menstrual pain and other PMS symptoms, as well as symptoms related to insulin resistance.
However, this post isn’t about how to eat your turmeric. I want you to put your food on your face! Okay, not ALL of your food. Just this beloved little recipe I’m about to share with you.
When I was younger, I remember reading in one of my mothers “women’s interests” type magazines, that if you make a mask of eggs and mayonnaise and put it in your hair it would make it shiny and strong! Of course, being as experimental as I was, I made it, put it in my hair, and had greasy, smelly hair for a number of days. Not cool. For all of you adventurous women (and men!) out there, I’m going to prevent you from the failures of home remedies gone wrong! If you’re willing.
Enter, my turmeric face mask. Turmeric is a spice commonly used in Indian cooking. You will find it in most curry powders. In fact, Hindu brides apply a turmeric mask on their body the night before the wedding to make their skin glow! See where I’m going with this?
In addition to the health benefits mentioned above, turmeric has antimicrobial properties, meaning that it is capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microorganisms, like bacteria, fungus or viruses. Why is this good news for your skin? Well, many common skin problems are caused by these frustrating microorganisms. (Acne, boils, styes, cysts, cold sores, warts, athlete’s foot and many more!). Turmeric applied topically is said to improve skin tone, prevent acne, improve hyper pigmentation and dark spots, help treat psoriasis and eczema, decrease the appearance of wrinkles, heal dry skin, keep skin supple, improve elasticity and slow the skins aging process down. Interested? I thought so.
I made this recipe up when I was searching the internet for natural, home-made, face masks years ago. I read a few recipes and reviews about turmeric face masks and created my own based off of what I found. A lot of the recipes include dairy products, but I know many people don’t consume dairy, so I created a vegan version of a traditional turmeric face mask. Both options are listed below.
Keep in mind that turmeric will stain your clothes, so either wear something you don’t care about (just in case), or opt for your birthday suit and jump in the shower once it dries! The mask always rinses off of my skin, but I do have to watch my fingernails. You can wear gloves or apply the mask with a clean brush to avoid yellow fingernails.
The Glow Remedy Turmeric Face Mask
2 Tbsp White Rice Flour or traditional Gram Flour (Chickpea flour) *if you don’t have flour on hand, you can skip it. However I highly recommend grabbing some for the exfoliating properties.
1 Tbsp Almond Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil
1/2 Tsp Ground Turmeric Spice
2 Tbsp. Pure Coconut Milk or Plain Organic Yogurt
*use organic ingredients if possible
Mix all ingredients together.
Apply to your face and neck with a fingertips or a clean brush.
Once the mask dries and begins to flake (about 10-15 minutes), rinse under cool water.
Rub your face with a wash cloth or wet fingers in a circular motion to remove (and exfoliate)! Enjoy smoother, GLOWING skin. =)
Give it a try and let me know what you think!