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January, 03 2018

Treat your skin to these 5 amazing turmeric face masks


Joanna @JdeV Edinburgh West End store

Turmeric is definitely trending at the moment and it’s not exactly a mystery as to why. This powerful spice is loaded with anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antioxidant benefits that help to support your digestive tract, immune system and even your muscles and joints! However, these qualities also make turmeric a popular ingredient when it comes to skincare.

In fact, the National Psoriasis Association even mentions that some psoriasis patients may find turmeric useful as it can alter TNF cytokine expression.[1]It’s also believed that turmeric can help to reduce acne scarring and, because of its anti-inflammatory association, it’s thought to be good for easing signs of swelling and giving your complexion a healthy glow!

Now, understandably turmeric can be a tricky skincare ingredient to get right. It’s infamously potent colour can stain and the thought of spending hours trying to scrub vivid yellow marks of your skin probably isn’t appealing. However,  when it comes to face masks, a little turmeric really does go a long way! You’re always better using organic turmeric which is why I’d recommend Lucy Bee’s Fairtrade Organic Raw Turmeric Powder.

Sustainably farmed and organic, this form of turmeric is packed full of antioxidants as well as vitamin C & K, very important nutrients for the production of collagen, a structural protein that’s essential for your skin. You don’t just have to use this turmeric for your face masks though – it’s so versatile you can add it to soups, curries or even ice cream! In fact, it’s so versatile and so beneficial for your skin we’ve found the top 5 turmeric face mask recipes for you to try at home.

1 – A turmeric face mask for acne-prone skin

As the saying goes, this particular face mask is an old one but a good one, especially if you suffer from spot-prone skin or acne. Provided by Lucy Bee, you only need four ingredients for this mask – coconut oil,turmeric, Greek yoghurt and oats. Just make sure you’re not too generous with the turmeric – anywhere between a pinch and 1 1/2 teaspoons should suffice.

Mix 2tsp of melted coconut oil with 15g of oats and then add your turmeric and 2tbsp of yoghurt. Blend and apply to your face, leaving on for about 15-20 minutes. Once enough time has passed you can wash off the mask with lukewarm water.

As I’ve already mentioned, turmeric can help to relieve acne by reducing inflammation and treating the scarring while coconut oil (adding oil to acne-prone skin might not sound like a good idea but trust me on this one) is rich in antibacterial properties as well as antioxidant vitamin E and essential fatty acids, helping to moisturise and nourish your skin.

Now, as with the turmeric, the type of coconut oil you choose can make a big difference so I would opt for an organic and raw form of coconut oil. Fortunately, Lucy Bee can again provide here with their Extra Virgin Organic Raw Coconut Oil.

2 – A turmeric face mask for glowing skin

This face mask recipe comes from draxe.com and is highly recommended if you’re looking to get a little extra oomph back into your complexion. The ingredients definitely add up in our opinion, with apple cider vinegar making for a fantastic natural toner while organic honey, similar to turmeric, possesses natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

To start, simply combine ½ teaspoon of turmeric with ½ teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar (our pick for this would have to go to Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar) in addition to 1 tablespoon of organic honey and ½ teaspoon of milk or yoghurt (you can go dairy free if you wish).

Mix this together in a small bowl until it forms the right consistency, not too thick or too thin and then apply to your face for 15-20 minutes before washing off. Once your skin dries you should be left with a noticeably brighter and more radiant complexion, although the recipe does add that you should repeat this routine twice a week for optimal results!

3 – A turmeric face mask for oily skin

This is another simple face mask that only utilises three ingredients; turmeric, yoghurt and chickpea flour. Discovered on Hello Giggles, this mask is particularly suited for oily skin as it can help to soothe inflammation whilst the chickpea flour acts as an exfoliator, getting rid of dead skin cells that may end up clogging your pores and triggering an outbreak.

If you don’t have any chickpea flour to hand, I’ve found that oats can make for a good substitute, providing the same level of gentle exfoliation. Simply add ½ teaspoon of turmeric to a little yoghurt and a teaspoon of chickpea flour. Mix all the ingredients together and leave on your face for 15-20 minutes before washing off.

4 – A turmeric face mask for dry skin

Just as oily skin can be a particularly troublesome issue, dry skin is particularly prevalent, especially at this time of year and can be equally irritating. This face mask managed to tackle the problem by combining turmeric with intensely hydrating ingredients, such as honey with turmeric and milk.

Great for softening your skin and shrinking your pores, make sure you combine ¼ teaspoon of turmeric with a little milk and a teaspoon of honey. Apply to your face and leave it to set until it dries up completely, which should take between 10-20 minutes. Once the mixture has dried you can rinse it off with lukewarm water and enjoy smoother skin that feels nourished and hydrated!

5 – The All-rounder

What if you don’t suffer from oily, dry or spot-prone skin? What if you’re just looking to maintain your complexion and skin health? Well there are a number of versatile all-rounder face masks at your disposal but my personal favourite was one I stumbled across on Mind Body Green. It combines a few familiar ingredients, such as raw honey, turmeric and chickpea flour with coconut milk.

Once again get a small bowl and mix 2 teaspoons of raw honey with 2 tablespoons of chickpea flour and ¼ teaspoon of turmeric. Add just enough coconut milk to form a past and then place a thin layer on your face. Leave the mask on until it dries and then simply wash off with lukewarm water for healthy, nourished skin!

What about supplements?

Whizzing up a face mask can be fun but it is time consuming and probably an activity best left for the weekend. In the meantime though, you can increase your consumption of turmeric by adding more of the powder to your meals or considering a supplement.

Since turmeric gets metabolised very quickly in the your digestive tract, it’s estimated that less than 1% of the turmeric you consume actually gets absorbed – that’s why I always recommend BetterYou’s Turmeric  Daily Oral Spray.

Since this spray is absorbed through the mucous membranes in your mouth, it immediately hits your bloodstream without having to first pass through your digestive system. This means that more of the turmeric is absorbed, not to mention that just 4 sprays provide 1300mg of turmeric! Coming with a citrusy orange flavour, this award-winning supplement is 100% suitable for vegans and vegetarians.



[1] https://www.psoriasis.org/treating-psoriasis/complementary-and-alternative/herbal-remedies