The ancient plant, turmeric has been used for medicinal and skincare purposes for generations and has recently been found in a lot of beauty products as well. The bright golden plant root is found in yellow tinted cleansers, face masks, eye creams many other creams and lotions. With miraculous benefits, turmeric is known to ease inflammation, increase hydration, remove acne scars and boost circulation.
What is Turmeric?
So, what exactly is Turmeric? Turmeric hails from the ginger family of plants and has had a long history of medicinal purposes. Most used in dishes as an Ayurvedic spice, turmeric contains a yellow colored compound known as curcumin, the biologically active polyphenyl with amazing healing qualities.
Benefits of using Turmeric for Skin
Helps ease inflammation: Research has shown that turmeric and the curcumin helps in calming the skin and even helps in acne scarring
Lightens hyper-pigmentation: Since turmeric is packed with powerful properties, it acts as a natural skin lightening agent for spots, pigmentation and scarring
Heals wounds: Inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, or any other skin wounds can benefit from turmeric
Boosts collagen in skin: Turmeric is rich in vitamin C, which boosts collagen and cell turnover
Gives protection against sun damage: Applying turmeric to skin can help protect from UV light and radiation
Minimizes pores: mix turmeric with raw honey and yogurt. The mixture will help clear and smooth the skin, minimize pores, and make skin look plumper and fuller
Brightens skin: As mentioned earlier, curcumin is antimicrobial and therefore has soothing and brightening properties
5 Quick & Easy DIY Turmeric Skincare Masks for You Must Try
1. Turmeric Mask for Clearer Skin
Turmeric mask is traditionally used by women in South Asia as a natural cleanser instead of soap. Since soap strips away most of the moisture from skin, this mask is perfect for clearer, smoother skin.
The gram flour removes dead skin, relieves oiliness and prevents turmeric from staining the skin. Milk firms the skin and delays wrinkle formation.
- 1 tablespoon gram flour
- 2 teaspoons of milk
- ¼ teaspoon of turmeric
Directions: Mix all ingredients together to form a thick paste. Apply on to damp skin and leave for 10 minutes. Wipe off gently with fingers and wash with lukewarm water after.
2. Turmeric Mask for Skin Brightening
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- Milk (enough for paste formation)
- 1 teaspoon gram flour
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
Directions: Mix all the above mentioned ingredients into a paste and apply to face. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Gently massage while rinsing. This mask can be used once to twice a week.
Lemon juice helps with aging spots and hyperpigmentation while Jojoba oil helps reduce wrinkles and aging signs. Plus, jojoba oil helps with acne-prone skin due to antibacterial properties.
3. Honey & Turmeric Moisturizing Mask
Honey is a natural skin hydrator and contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that helps treat wounds and skin issues. You can also add milk to rejuvenate the complexion and make the skin firm.
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon pure honey
Directions: Mix honey and turmeric into a paste and apply to face. Leave on for 15 -20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
4. DIY Turmeric Lotion
A recent study showed that turmeric essential oil mixed with any cream or in lotion formulation brightens skin within three weeks and lasts a long time.
Directions: Add a few drops of turmeric essential oil to a cream or to any oil moisturizer such as argan oil, or olive oil – use it like your normal moisturizer.
5. Turmeric Mask for Hydration
Olive oil helps skin retain moisture and hydrates it, and so does honey. Yogurt helps boost collagen and the combination of both yogurt and olive oil helps repair sun damage from sun exposure- bringing dull and dehydrated complexion to life.
- 2 tablespoons yogurt
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 tsp pure honey
Directions: Mix the ingredients together and apply to the face. Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Which DIY mask will you try first? Share your comments below.
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