Face masks made from turmeric have been used in Asian cultures for hundreds of years.
Turmeric has recognized health benefits that have been established through research, along with cosmetic purposes that men and women swear by all over the world. It is quickly becoming an all-natural beauty remedy for tired and dull skin, as an alternative to harsher products that cause unwanted side effects.
If you haven’t already tried a turmeric face mask, here are a few good reasons for you to consider before doing so:
5 Really Good Reasons to Use More Turmeric Face Masks
1. Turmeric Offers Therapeutic Benefits for Skin Health
Used primarily for bridal preparation, turmeric face masks have the ability to promote cell turnover and stimulate collagen production, resulting in smoother,
more radiant-looking skin.
2. Turmeric May Help Treat Skin Disorders
The active ingredient in turmeric that is responsible for most of its benefits is curcumin. Curcumin has been hailed as a superfood by today’s experts and can found in many nutritional supplements that focus on reducing inflammation.
Curcumin has the ability to sooth skin irritations such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. When applied in topical form, turmeric can accelerate the healing of cuts and bruises, and it may even prevent the spread of skin cancer cells.
Curcumin has pain relieving properties and can be used in the treatment of skin burns. The anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin can be topically applied or ingested in a supplement with great effect in both types of administration.
Using curcumin in a face mask reduces the redness in the skin brought on by inflammation.
3. Turmeric Promotes Skin Regeneration
Epidermal growth factor (EGF) stimulates wound repair, however, precide control over its application is essential to achieving the desired therapeutic benefits. Topical applications of antioxidants such as the curcumin found in
turmeric, can protect skin tissues from oxidative damage and improve tissue remodeling.
4. Turmeric May Help Treat Skin Cancer
Melanoma, the most aggressive type of skin cancer, has a poor prognosis because treatments have severe adverse effects. Curcumin has been found to have anti-cancer properties that is well-tolerated in human subjects. Further studies are needed to determine the extent at which curcumin can be used to treat melanoma, but preliminary findings show promise.
5. Turmeric Protects Against UV Damage
Ultraviolet B irradiation can cause a wide range of skin conditions such as photoaging, erythema, sunburn, and photocarcinogenesis. Curcumin, the compound in turmeric, has been shown to have anti-carcinogenic, anti-infective, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects. In one study, results showed that curcumin may serve as a potential agent for preventing and treating UVB-induced photoaging and inflammation.
Other Ingredients – Raw Honey
Raw honey is another natural remedy for the skin, as it contains vitamins and minerals that can promote healing and cell turnover. Raw honey is rich in antioxidant compounds and anti-inflammatory agents that improve your skin’s pH balance, along with treating skin conditions such as acne, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.
With strong antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties, raw honey gives your skin a dose of nutrients that pair well with turmeric powder.
Other Ingredients – Full-Fat Organic Yogurt
Yogurt is filled with live bacteria cultures that contain lactic acid. Lactic acid is used to rejuvenate and soften the skin. Fresh dairy products need to be fermented to build up these bacterial cultures and when they are mature, they make for a refreshing feel on the skin.
Turmeric Face Mask Recipe
The best part about a turmeric face mask is its simplicity. Most of the ingredients can probably be found in your pantry. If not,
they are readily available at an supermarket or healthy food store. For best results, use organic ingredients. Since you will be putting this on your skin, you want the best quality of ingredients you can manage:
The Basic Formula
- 1 Tablespoon Organic Turmeric Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Raw Honey
- 1 Teaspoon Full-Fat Organic Yogurt
- Put your face mask ingredients in a small bowl.
- Combine well until it forms a thick paste.
- Apply chilled. Store in the refrigerator for up to 36 hours.
How to Apply a Turmeric Face Mask
- Make sure your skin is washed thoroughly. Do not moisturize, exfoliate, or use toner.
- Apply the chilled turmeric face mask to your face, avoiding the eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Let set for 30-40 minutes.
- Wash off with lukewarm water.
This turmeric face mask has restorative properties from the inflammation that results in vasoconstriction of the blood vessels in the skin and forms dark circles.
Don’t worry if you make a little too much face mask material than you intended. All the ingredients are food fresh, so just simply slip them into the fridge for use over the next 36 hours.
Repeat the treatment for as many days in the week as you can, and watch the difference in the glow and moisture of your skin. Bring life back to your lines and wrinkles and restore the youthful look on your cheeks and chin with the power of a curcumin beauty mask.
Optional Ingredients to Add to the Basic Turmeric Face Mask Recipe
Extra ingredients are a great way to spruce up the
effects of your face mask. Here are some ideas:
Even though lemon juice is acidic, it contains vitamin C, and has whitening, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. The lemon juice also assists in keeping the pores open, so that the skin can fully absorb the nutrients in the face mask.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Just a few drops of this antibacterial oil is enough to offset any inflammation that could further contribute to acne, blemishes and discolorations.
3. MCT Oils
Coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil are all fantastic medium chain triglycerides that have plenty of essential fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential to skin cell health and function and adding in a half a teaspoon to your mask is a great way to thicken the mask and add additional nutrients.
Allergic Reactions to Turmeric Face Masks
If you experience any symptoms that could be described as reddening of the skin, hives, blisters or itching, then you may be allergic to one or more of your ingredients. Discontinue use immediately and observe if your symptoms are relieved. If not, consult your physician immediately.
An easy way to test if you are allergic to the mask is to wipe some of it onto the inside of your wrist and wait to see if there will be any reaction. If you feel fine after five minutes or so, then chances are you will be good to go.
Skip the Piperine
For oral administration of turmeric, be sure to include piperine in your ingredients list to ensure a higher bioavailability of turmeric. Otherwise, there will be little to no benefit. Piperine is derived from black peppercorns and has been shown in studies to improve the bioavailability of curcumin in turmeric by up to 2000%.
For topical use however, do not use peppercorns as this could irritate the skin.
Remember to drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated. This, along with our superfood turmeric face mask, should yield noticeable results within 2 weeks of regular usage.
Give it a try, log your results, and adjust your face mask formula until you have the perfect custom blend for your skin. Enjoy!