Turmeric powder is just now gaining steam and popularity in the Western world.
However, in Asia, especially in Indian and Chinese traditions, turmeric powder has been used in beauty treatments for centuries. In India, for example, turmeric facial masks are part of the wedding preparations.
Turmeric is one of the most effective ingredients you can add to your facial mask.
Turmeric contains an ingredient called curcumin, a phytochemical that cures acne, eczema, reduces redness, inflammation and promotes skin healing and health.
What makes turmeric so great?
The main reason why turmeric mask is so great is because turmeric is one of the best antioxidants and offers anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties for your skin.
Combine it with milk, honey and other anti-bacterial ingredients that moisturize and exfoliate the skin and you have a home beauty salon treatment.
What to do before applying a facial mask?
Many people make the mistake of applying a facial mask directly on their face.
If you have ever been to a beauty salon, you know that there are other steps before you can apply a mask.
Those steps apply for home usage as well.
The first thing you must do is clean your skin from all cosmetics and lotions.
The best way to do that is to take a hot shower or a steam bath.
Try to use non-abrasive soaps that will open up your pores and prepare your skin for a facial mask.
After you apply the mask, make sure to lie on a bed, close your eyes and relax.
This is the moment when you rejuvenate your skin and completely relax.
You want your skin stress-free.
You can also add chamomile tea bags for more comfort and relaxation.
You want to let your mask dry on your face for at least 20 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
Use gentle movements to remove the mask from your face, and at the end, splash some cold water on your face.
Homemade turmeric facial masks
We will share with you three different turmeric masks, and you can choose which one suits you the best.
The basic turmeric facial mask is made out of
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of milk
Do not forget the spot under your eyes, as the anti-inflammatory properties of the turmeric will come in handy.
Once you apply the mask with gentle and round movements, let it dry for 20 minutes and then wash it.
The basic turmeric mask can be applied for a few days every few weeks.
Some alternatives include adding lemon juice to lighten the skin or tea tree essential oil in order to cure acnes.
The next facial mask is one that brides in India use it before they get married.
Applying a turmeric facial mask is sometimes even part of the religious festivities aimed to make the woman look more beautiful.
The beauty mask contains
- 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
- 2 teaspoons of sandalwood powder
- half a cup of chickpea flour
- little almond oil
Add few drops of water and mix the ingredients until you get a smooth paste.
Apply it on your face, let it dry for 20 minutes and wash it.
You can apply this beauty mask before you go out.
If you want to exfoliate and moisturize your skin, you want an oatmeal turmeric facial mask.
Aside from one teaspoon of turmeric powder, you want one more teaspoon of oatmeal and one teaspoon of lentil powder.
Add water and mix until you get a paste.
Aside from moisturizing and exfoliating your skin, the oatmeal turmeric facial mask is also a great natural and home remedy for acnes.
The mask also provides protection from sunburn and skin irritations.