If you are a second-generation Indian American individual like me, then you know turmeric as the yellow paste or powder that your mom puts in her dishes. You most likely also drank turmeric milk whenever you were ill or had a fever, well turmeric has medicinal properties, and this grandma’s recipe has a lot of benefits. Now, there is a trend going around of making your face mask using turmeric, and let me tell you, it works wonders for your skin; this Indian spicy will give you the glow-up of your dreams and will leave you with smooth skin. Come along with us and learn more about turmeric, its medical properties, and how you can make your face mask using it at home.
What is turmeric?
Turmeric, also known as Curcuma longa, is a plant native to Asia and has been used in Indian cuisine for a long time and has also been used in traditional medicines. It is known for its medicinal value and its fabulous yellow tint. Found mostly in Southeast Asian dishes, it is deeply rooted in Indian/Tamilian culture and ayurvedic medicine. It is used in Indian cuisine mainly to flavor curries and gives them that traditional organic yellow color that makes a curry, a curry. When dried, it is deep orange-yellow in color and has a warm and bitter taste with an earthy and mustard-like odor.
Benefits of using turmeric
- Antioxidant power
- Helpful for acne (cysts, nodules, papules, pustules)
- Quells skin irritation
- Reduce irritation and inflammation– this is why it is the ideal material to use as a base for your face mask
- Reduce hyperpigmentation
- Reduce swelling
- Reduce wrinkles
How to make your turmeric face mask
Turmeric skincare products are gaining popularity nowadays because we are going back to using more organic and healthy products to take care of our skin. Turmeric is becoming king in the beauty world because it helps address specific skin issues. The ingredients you’ll need to make your face mask can be found in your fridge and pantry. All you need for this is:
- Organic apple cider vinegar- 1 teaspoon
- Organic honey- 1½ teaspoon
- Makeup brush
- Turmeric powder- 1 teaspoon
- Yogurt (you can substitute it with milk if you are out of yogurt)- 1 teaspoon
To your bowl, add your yogurt, turmeric powder, honey, and apple cider vinegar. Mix all the ingredients well until it has a paste-like consistency; this will make it stick to your face without causing any major drippage.
Before using the mixture on your face, remove your makeup and wash your face thoroughly to remove any impurities. Pat your face dry, and now you are ready for the next step.
Using your makeup brush, apply the mixture in a thin layer on your face without any visible skin showing. Avoid your eyes as the mask might irritate them. You should also wear an old t-shirt or dress because of turmeric stains.
This is the waiting game; let the mask sit on your face for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Go on Instagram, scroll on Tiktok or read a book; this is your 15 minutes of relaxation. You deserve this time to relax, sit down and enjoy the moment; you can even have a glass of wine if you want.
This is the final step of the process, congrats. You are almost done. After the mask has sat for 15 minutes, rinse your face with warm water. You can always use a facecloth to wash your face here, but you have to keep in mind that it will stain. So, you can keep a facecloth that you use every time you put on your turmeric mask.
If you are on the paler side, your face might get stained with the turmeric pace, and you might have a yellowish tint, but don’t worry, this is only temporary, and it will fade in a couple of hours. If you have to go out after using the face mask and you see that your face has a slight yellow hue, you can always use your cleansing oil to remedy this.
This is a simple way to make your turmeric face mask using items you might already have in your home. Remember, don’t overuse the turmeric face mask every day because there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us if you want to try a turmeric face mask.