Get Better Skin With These Homemade Turmeric Beauty Recipes

a bowl of turmeric powder

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Turmeric is a super spice for skin care. These at-home turmeric treatments promise to improve your skin’s appearance, fend off wrinkles, and add moisture for a soft, supple complexion.

Turmeric Skin Polisher

This is traditionally used by women in India as a natural cleanser and is used in place of soap, which may strip the skin of much-needed moisture. The gram flour not only promises to slough off dead skin, but it also prevents turmeric from staining the skin. Milk is meant to firm the skin and delay the formation of wrinkles.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon gram flour
  • ¼ teaspoon of turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons of milk

Directions: Mix ingredients together and rub onto wet skin. Leave on for 10 minutes. Gently wipe off the mask with fingertips, and then rinse the face with lukewarm water.

Honey and Turmeric Moisturizing Mask

Honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and has been used to treat wounds and skin problems. It is also a natural skin hydrator. Be sure to use raw, unprocessed honey. (You can also add raw milk to the mix to try to help rid the skin of dead cells and rejuvenate the complexion.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon organic honey
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

Directions: Mix honey and turmeric into a paste and apply to face. Leave on for 15 -20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Skin Brightener

The addition of lemon juice, which contains vitamin C, helps fade age spots and hyperpigmentation. Jojoba oil is similar to sebum (our skin’s natural oil) and may help reduce wrinkles and signs of aging. Plus, jojoba oil has antibacterial properties, making it useful for acne-prone skin.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon gram flour
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Milk (enough to make a paste)

Directions: Mix ingredients into a paste and apply to face. Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. This mask can be used one to two times a week.

Skin Hydrator

Olive oil is great for helping skin retain moisture. It also helps repair damage from sun exposure to bring life to a dull and dehydrated complexion.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt (any plain full-fat yogurt can be used)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Directions: Mix the ingredients together and apply to the face. Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse.

How to Reduce Turmeric Stains

Curcuma aromatica is a non-staining, non-edible form of turmeric that can usually be found in Indian grocery markets or online.

Food grade turmeric is cheaper and more convenient since you probably already have it in your spice rack, but it will stain the skin, especially if you have a light complexion. To resolve this:

  • It’s best to use turmeric-based treatments at night since the stains should resolve after your morning cleanse.
  • Gram flour, yogurt, and milk usually help reduce staining.
  • If you still have problems with staining, reduce the amount of turmeric used or switch to the non-staining form.
  • Use a foundation brush or other applicator to apply turmeric masks to prevent staining fingers.
  • Also, note that turmeric can stain clothing and other items, so you might want to wear an old t-shirt and use a glass or metal bowl to mix ingredients.
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