There are many variations but below you will find the basic recipe. I find half the recipe is plenty for one application.
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of raw organic honey
1 teaspoon of milk (or natural yogurt or kefir)
Add a bit oat flour, or any whole grain flour to thicken
Optional ingredients to add – you can add to the above mixture 1 tsp. of lemon juice (helps lighten the skin and good for oily skin) and/or a few drops of tea tree essential oil if you suffer from acne.
Why is this mask so great?
Turmeric is a good antioxidant, and an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent. Honey is also an anti-bacterial and it moisturizes the skin well. Milk contains lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid and it exfoliates the skin. Together, these three ingredients make wonders for your skin.
Put turmeric into a little bowl, add honey, then milk or yogurt. Add a bit of flour to thicken up the mixture. You can adjust the amount of milk to make the paste more or less thick, but make sure it’s a firm paste that will stick to your face.
Turmeric is a dye and it can stain anything, so you don’t want it dripping off your face. Also use an old wash cloth, and towel that you don't mind getting stained.
- Wash your face with running water and remove all makeup. If your hair is long, tie it back. Wear a T-shirt you are not too attached to, in case it gets stained.
- Apply the mask evenly all over your face. A spot you don’t want to miss is under the eyes, as turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce the dark circles, by narrowing the blood vessels.
- If you have any mask leftover, you can save it in the fridge for a few days and use it the next time.
- Let the mask dry on your face. This means leaving it on for about 10-20 minutes and then washing it off with cool water. Dry your face gently with a cloth. Then apply your moisturizer.
- Repeat the mask over the course of a few days. You can do it every few weeks, depending on your needs and complexion.
- I have found it makes my pores seem less noticeable and evens out the blotchy spots on my cheeks.
This is gentle enough for all skin types, most people especially those with acne or eczema can benefit from this mask. It is recommend to use it 3 to 4 times the first week and then weekly afterward, depending on the needs of your skin.
As with any natural remedy, it’s important to listen to your body. If you show any signs of inflammation, or allergic reaction, stop using the mask.
This recipe makes more than enough for one application You can keep it in the fridge as long as the yogurt or milk stays fresh.
By Yuri Elkaim