Western medicine and science made giant leaps forward, and in many cases, it outshines Eastern knowledge, but some things transcend geography.
There are plenty of natural remedies that we used to know but are nowadays less popular in the West, and the turmeric mask recipe is one worth rediscovering.
As the ingredient is not as common as it used to be, savvy shoppers won’t have any problem in getting their fix and the effort is worth making.
Few know that turmeric is present in mustard among other things and it is the one that gives it its yellowish look. The farther we go into the East, we find out that more dishes are using it as a key ingredient and a little research will reveal why.
Turmeric contains curcumin which is an ingredient that has amazing properties and delivers positive results when used to fight inflammations. It is also an excellent antioxidant, which explains why scientists are exploring its potential in fighting cancer.
Even Thandie Newton recently admitted about turmeric as her “secret beauty weapon.” She relies on the spice turmeric to keep her skin looking good and believes the spice is an excellent addition to a moisturizer to help match her skin-tone.
There are very few things that turmeric is not suitable for, and fortunately, this ingredient is present in many beauty regimens.
Homemade turmeric masks are easy to prepare, and once you get the hang of it, it is highly unlikely to look for alternatives because the results speak for themselves.
Everyone hopes to have radiant and healthy skin, and women can rest assured that by consistently applying the turmeric mask they will achieve results that meet and exceed their expectations.
Turmeric Beauty Benefits
- softens the skin and reduces swelling (and puffiness!)
- Turmeric is high in antioxidants that slow down cell damage.
- It’s widely used as a skin exfoliant and improves skin’s texture.
- It helps with inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, dry skin, psoriasis and eczema.
- It helps reduce pigmentation and even out the skin tone.
- It is also said to diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
3 tsp gram (besan) flour (or chickpea flour, regular flour, or finely ground oats which is good for oily or acne-prone skin)
1 ½ Tbsp ground Turmeric Powder
5 drops of your favorite beneficial oil (almond, avocado, grapeseed oil etc)
3-4 tsp milk (add more to get that paste consistency) – (you could substitute this with yogurt, cream or sour cream)
Will it Stain my Face?
From my personal experience, no it didn’t stain my face, all I got was a glowing brightened face. However, lots of turmeric powder are not created equal.
Thus, to enhance the impression of better quality, lot of these spices contain artificial dyes and these colorants caused the stain. So, make sure to stick to genuine turmeric powder to avoid the nasty yellow stains, as the artificial counterparts are known to produce these undesirable side-effects.
As a precaution considering everyone’s skin behaves differently, do a patch test on a less obvious area, however, if the turmeric stained your skin, you can wipe it off with a warm cloth after rubbing castor oil or olive oil.
The results will be a more smother skin, even complexion, less acne redness and swelling, as well as a small amount of softening of the appearance of wrinkles (used twice a week, it could diminish those wrinkles even more).
① Mix gram flour and turmeric in a bowl, add milk gradually to make a paste consistency and add 5 drops of your favorite beneficial oil
② Mix the mixture thoroughly without lumps. Smooth the mixture on your face avoiding the eye area.
③ Let it sit for about 20 minutes or until it dries. Rinse with warm water using disposable cleansing cloth and gently scrub it as you go.
④ Splash with cold water to close the pores. Apply moisturizer as usual.