The Benefits of Turmeric for your Skin

turmeric mask that cleanses and hydrates the skin
turmeric face mask

  There is so much Turmeric can do for you.  I will share with you the benefits of Turmeric through different articles so as to be a little more specific in each area.

In this first article we will talk about turmeric for the skin, along with a recipe or two at the bottom to get you started.


 

Why use it?

Turmeric masks can help stop signs of aging and leaves your skin soft and supple which improves your over all complexion.


 

What are the ingredients?

ingredients for a turmeric face mask

 Turmeric– Curcumin is the main ingredient and it is a antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti fungal to mention a few benefits.  For your skin it will help with anti aging, inflammation, that pesky thing we call acne, and the brightening of your skin.

 Gram (or chick pea) flour– Will help prevent the yellow color of turmeric from staining your skin it also sloughs off dead skin cells and will help absorb the extra oil on your face.

Yogurt– The lactic acid helps with the removal of dead skin cells.  The zinc in yogurt helps with acne, it is gentle and won’t dry out your skin, leaving it soft and supple.

Milk– Is used to slow down or retard the forming of wrinkles and also firms the skin.

Honey– Anti aging, helps with acne, soothes and softens your skin, and is also antibacterial.


 

How to use it?

I will give you a couple of recipes which I have used.  Remember the other ingredients help the main one work.


 

Recipe #1

  • 1 Tablespoon Gram (or chick pea) flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons milk

Directions:

Mix the ingredients and smooth onto dampened skin.  Leave on for 10 minutes or until mask is dried.  Gently wipe off the face with wet figure tips and wash the rest with warm water.

Remember to get it all off, so no orange residue remains Blot face dry.


 

Recipe #2

  • 1 Tablespoon Honey (organic is preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric

Directions:

Mix both ingredients together and apply to cleaned face.  Leave on for 15 min. and rinse off with lukewarm water.


 

Recipe #3

  • 1 Tablespoon plain yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons milk

 

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together and apply to clean face.  Leave on for 10 – 15 minutes or until mask is dried.  Gently wipe off the face with fingertips and warm water.  A wash cloth can be used if needed.


Note: If you are using food grade Turmeric, there will be some staining on your face, especially for people with fair skin.  Be sure to use an old t-shirt or wash cloth you don’t mind turning yellow.  It is best to use the mask at night and then wash your face again in the morning.  To prevent staining you can use Curcuma aromatic, which is  non edible.  http://www.amazon.com/


Warning:

I myself have had the spice burn my face.  If this occurs, apply aloe gel or snip off a piece of the plant, if you have one at home, and use the aloes juice.  The next time you use it, just lower the amount of turmeric.  I did and the result was no more burn, and all the benefits.

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