A turmeric face mask is an excellent exfoliating agent and very easy to make right at home with just a few ingredients. However, it is important to note that some people have reported allergic reactions to turmeric after skin exposure. I recommend testing on a small area of your skin first. You may need to use a mild soap with water to remove the yellow stain that may occur. Be careful not to get it on your clothing as well, since it may stain.
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of raw organic honey
1 teaspoon of natural yogurt (or milk)
Put turmeric into a little bowl. Add honey and yogurt (or milk). You can adjust the amount of yogurt (or milk) to adjust the thickness of the turmeric mask, but make sure that it’s a firm paste that will stick to your face. Turmeric is a dye and it can stain anything, so you don’t want it dripping off your face.
Wash your face with running water and remove all makeup. If your hair is long, tie it up at the back. Wear a T-shirt you are not too attached to, in case it gets stained.
Apply the turmeric mask evenly all over your face. A spot you don’t want to miss is under the eyes, as turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce the dark circles, which form as a result of vasoconstriction (narrowing of the vessels).
If you have any mask leftover, you can save it in the fridge for a few days and use it the next time. The honey will usually harden in the fridge, so you can add a little bit of yogurt/milk to adjust the consistency of the paste and re-apply to your face.
Let the mask dry on your face. This means leaving it on for about 20 minutes and then washing it off with cool water. Dry your face gently with a cloth.
Repeat the mask treatment over the course of a few days. You can also apply it to your face every few weeks, depending on your needs and complexion.
Turmeric tea or golden milk is a great way to get the benefits of turmeric daily. I love drinking this just before bed as it really helps me fall asleep and stay asleep. The warm milkiness is reminiscent of childhood, the honey helps create serotonin in the brain which becomes melatonin in the dark, turmeric is warming and soothing and nutmeg has chemical compounds which assist relaxing the body and mind.
2 cups of milk of choice (almond, coconut, hemp, and dairy all work in this recipe)
1 tsp turmeric
A pinch of nutmeg
Crack of black pepper (increases absorption)
1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup to taste
Pour ingredients into a small saucepan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
This may stain blenders and countertops. The color will eventually fade, but making a thick paste of baking soda and water and scrubbing the stain can help.
The recipe can be halved or doubled if needed.