You may have heard of a honey mask, and you may have worn a yogurt mask at some point. But let me introduce you to the turmeric face mask. This mask helps reduce inflammation, reduce acne and improve skin tone.
Turmeric face mask
Turmeric has many uses, but it is best known for its ability to reduce inflammation in the body. I like whipping some turmeric golden milk or turmeric cinnamon sticks. Sometimes I even use it to clean my teeth and even remove stains (yes, really!).
We can also use light for skincare. Here’s a word of caution though. Turmeric will stain the skin, fabric and certain surfaces, so proceed with caution. And no, we won’t look like Ompa Loompass after that, but be careful not to go too far with turmeric.
Skin benefits from turmeric
Just as turmeric fights inflammation in the body, it also helps reduce inflammation on the skin. 2019 research in the journal Nutrients Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric for various skin complaints. Researchers have helped with psoriasis, eczema and other conditions of dermatitis.
Turmeric has a long history of use in India and other countries, both for cooking and for skincare. It is traditionally used to brighten skin tone. An article in 2012 Phytotherapy research Indicates the ability to improve light dark spots. Turmeric works by reducing the dark shadow of melanin which gives the skin its color pigment. This is ironic because too much turmeric can stain the skin. Scientists are even looking for its use in skin bronzer!
Because it is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, there is evidence that curcumin can help fight sun damage. Turmeric has a protective effect in reducing the damage of inflammation on the skin. More than a dozen studies have found that curcumin has a powerful effect against cancer skin cells. This does not mean that rubbing turmeric paste on our skin will cure skin cancer. However, turmeric can help provide our skin with more tools than we need to protect it from sun damage.
Other ingredients in turmeric face mask
YogurtGrass-fed yogurt with some coconut ginola or even home-grown Although turmeric yogurt may not sound appealing to you for breakfast, it does make a face mask. Probiotics in yogurt support the skin’s microbiome and contain lactic acid. Lactic acid helps fight acne and promotes clear, healthy, youthful looking skin.
Dairy (and coconut) also contain lauric acid, a fatty acid. Researchers have discovered that when lauric acid is mixed with curcumin from turmeric, it produces a powerhouse that fights acne and inflammation. For people with dairy allergies, coconut milk or coconut milk yogurt will also work in this prescription.
Joe: Another ingredient that is really good for soothing the skin is oatmeal. Although it is impossible to truly make colloidal oats at home, we can still use the benefits of oats for scanners. Oat powder helps to thicken the face mask so it stays asleep on the skin and cools the swollen or itchy skin.
You can see how I make “Colloidal Oats” here at home. It is not like oat flour, in which the beneficial branch has been removed. This light face mask can also be doubled as a reasonable limit because oats help to slow down the dead skin cells.
Pure honey: And of course, we can’t forget raw honey. Raw honey is a skin superfood that helps to soften and cleanse. Honey’s natural antibacterial properties are especially helpful for skin blemishes. Raw honey helps to heal cuts and burns faster and helps to heal damaged skin.
Turmeric face mask
This soothing face mask helps soothe irritated skin while brightening and softening it.
Combine all ingredients until smooth.
To use, apply freely on the face. Wash off after about 10 minutes.
I have kept a small amount of turmeric so it should not stain the skin. However, due to the variations in skin tone, you may want to test the patch on the back of your hand. Cut into turmeric powder if needed.
More face mask recipes to try:
What are your favorite ways to use turmeric? Leave us a comment and let us know!
- Orkut, J. (2014) Evaluating the skin color properties of curcumin longa extract. Indian J. Farm Science. 76 (4): 374–378.
- Liu, CH, and Huang, H. Y. (2013). In vitro antipropionibacterium activity by curcumin containing the vascular system. Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, 61(4), 419–425.
- Vaughn, A. R., Burnham, A., and Sivazani, R. K. (2016). Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) on Skin Health: A Systematic Review of Clinical Evidence Phytotherapy Research: PTR, 30 (8), 1243–1264.
- Volvo, L.A. Etc. (2019, September) Curcumin potential in skin disorders. Nutrients, 11 (9): 2169.