The turmeric mask has been used throughout Asia for centuries. It is also known in Chinese and Indian traditions, and is a type of Ayurvedic medicine. In South Asia, the turmeric mask is a very important part of the bride’s wedding preparations, as it makes her beautiful and shiny on her wedding day.
Turmeric contains a phytochemical called curcumin, which can benefit the body both internally and externally. There is no doubt that turmeric is an essential ingredient in a face mask recipe, but the mask also contains two other important ingredients that have many benefits for your skin. But before getting a turmeric mask recipe, let’s take a look at the health benefits of turmeric for the skin.
Benefits of a turmeric mask for the skin
Turmeric is one of the wonderful herbs that have medicinal properties that help lighten the skin and reverse the effects of excessive skin pigmentation. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has many health benefits including being anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Curcumin (the main compound in turmeric) is an effective ingredient to soothe skin irritation, treat burns and relieve sunburn. Curcumin can aid in the healing process of wounds, and there are even studies pointing to its effect on skin cancer. For example: The book “Herbal Medicine: Biomolecules and Clinical Aspects” states that applying turmeric to the skin reduces the number of skin cancer-causing cells.
And some other studies conducted on the possibility of turmeric to treat changes in the layers of the skin and found that it is very effective for skin lightening. Research has shown that curcumin contains compounds that inhibit melanin production in the skin.
Other studies have shown that curcumin can help speed wound healing and relieve pain. Another study published in the Journal of Molecular Histology indicated that applying curcumin to the skin has beneficial effects and accelerates the healing of burn wounds.
Turmeric mask also works for acne, eczema and psoriasis. It reduces inflammation and redness of the face, and improves skin healing. Because of its antioxidant properties, turmeric is used to rejuvenate the skin. It helps soften lines and wrinkles, and give the face a more youthful appearance. It is also effective in treating rosacea allergy – a chronic condition characterized by redness and blisters. It relieves redness and treats this disease.
The Journal of Phytotherapy Research looked at several studies of curcumin for skin health and found that it can help relieve symptoms of atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne. The magazine also commented that both oral and directly applied curcumin supplements offer therapeutic benefits for improving skin health. Research has also shown that turmeric can lighten skin tone and improve the appearance of dark skin patches. Researchers have found that compounds in turmeric help to stop the presence of melanin in skin cells, and may be useful in some products designed to lighten skin color.
It is easy to make a face mask with turmeric and it works as a moisturizer for the skin, an exfoliator for the skin, and it also helps reduce redness. It also makes the skin bright, clean and gorgeous. This is also due to the other natural ingredients in this mask such as: honey and yogurt (or milk).
Benefits of honey for the skin
Honey is one of the oldest known foods that has been used for centuries, not only as a food source but also for its amazing medicinal properties. One of these health benefits of honey is that it helps treat acne, reduce the appearance of pimples, scars, and facial blemishes and improve the overall appearance of the skin.
An article on the 10 best honey face masks explained what makes honey so beneficial for the skin. One of the main reasons why honey is beneficial for the skin is that it has strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It also has antioxidant properties that help get rid of acne, skin blemishes, and reduce sun spots and pimples. Antioxidants help get rid of free radicals that may harm the skin. It also protects the skin by not letting toxins cause damage to the skin. Honey is also a humectant, which means that it is a good moisturizer for the skin because it attracts and holds water molecules, while at the same time leaving bacteria dry without water. And like turmeric, the medicinal properties of honey make it help heal wounds quickly.
Therefore, due to all these antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, honey is considered one of the best natural ingredients for treating any type of skin problem.
It is important for you to use raw honey and prefer organic honey to treat skin diseases (because many types of honey sold in the supermarket are actually fake honey and not raw). This way, you can be sure that it has all the healing properties your skin needs.
Benefits of yogurt (or milk) for the skin
Many people use products containing lactic acid to soften dry, hard skin and reduce skin roughness. Yogurt is a natural source of lactic acid which is great for your skin as it helps clear and brighten your skin without drying out your skin. Milk also contains lactic acid, which is formed in cow’s milk as a result of bacteria breaking down the sugar lactose. Fresh milk does not contain lactic acid, as lactic acid is formed after a short period of time due to the interference of bacteria. A study from Taiwan found that products containing lactic acid help lighten the skin. In addition to helping produce melanin, lactic acid has an antibacterial effect on acne-causing bacteria. Other studies have shown that lactic acid and glycolic acid from milk may help reduce signs of hyperpigmentation and hyperpigmentation.
Turmeric face mask
There are many variations of the recipe, but here we will mention the basic recipe for a turmeric mask for soreness. Some people add chickpea flower to thicken the dough, or you can add some other ingredients that are good for the skin.
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric.
- 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey.
- 1 teaspoon of natural yogurt (or you can use milk).
How to prepare:
- Put the turmeric in a small bowl.
- Add honey, then yogurt (or milk).
- You can add yogurt or milk as you need to adjust the desired thickness of the turmeric mask, but make sure that the mask will be firm when you put it on your face. You have to know that turmeric is a dye and can stain anything, so you have to make it stable so that it does not start dripping from your face.
How to prepare the face for the mask
Wash your face with running water and remove any makeup on it. And if you have long hair, tie it at the back. Wear a shirt that you don’t really care about, even if it has been dyed with turmeric.
Putting a turmeric mask on the face
Apply the turmeric mask evenly all over your face. Do not miss any spot even under the eyes, and also makes you benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric that help reduce dark circles under the eyes, which are formed as a result of narrowed blood vessels.
If you have any leftover mask left, you can keep it in the fridge for a few days and use it again. Honey usually freezes in the fridge, so add a little milk or yogurt to adjust the consistency of the paste, and then apply it to your face again.
Let the mask dry on your face. Leave it for 20 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Then gently dry your face with a piece of cloth.
Repeat the treatment using the mask over a few days. You can also put it on your face every few weeks, depending on your skin’s need for it.
Some optional ingredients to add to the basic recipe for a turmeric face mask
As mentioned earlier, there are many variations on the recipe for this mask. Here are some of the ingredients that can be added to the turmeric face mask recipe:
Lemon juice You can add a few drops of lemon juice to the basic recipe. Lemon juice contains vitamin C and citric acid, which naturally cleanse the skin and remove excess oils. The natural acid gently exfoliates and cleanses oily skin, lightening the skin tone and leaving it more even.
When searching for natural ingredients that can be used as skin bleaching agents, the International Journal of Molecular Sciences mentioned the use of lemon juice for this purpose. Researchers also noted that lemon extract is used in some skin-lightening compounds. But you have to know that lemon juice may cause dry skin (and it is one of the home remedies for oily skin). So if you decide to use lemon juice, you may need to use a moisturizer with it.
Tea tree oil You can also add some drops of tea tree oil to the basic recipe if you suffer from acne or pimples. Some studies have indicated that tea tree oil has antibacterial properties that kill pore-infecting bacteria. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the redness of inflamed pimples. Tea tree oil also helps dry up the excess liquid sebum from the skin and helps reduce acne symptoms.
Olive oil or avocado oil If you have dry skin, you can add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon to the base mixture of olive oil, avocado oil, or any other natural oil like sweet almond oil or jojoba oil. These natural oils will further nourish and moisturize your skin. It will help protect the skin from irritants and infection, improve the appearance of dry skin, reduce the appearance of signs of aging, and repair damaged skin.
Does turmeric mask for the face dye the skin?
Turmeric can leave a temporary tint on the skin, especially if you have even skin layers and have left the mask on for a longer period of time. And if you want to reduce the pigment, you can use a sugar mask with oil after rinsing off the turmeric mask. To do this, mix a small amount of fine sugar and a natural oil, such as olive oil or almond oil, and gently massage your skin in circular motions. Then rinse it with water.
You can also apply a turmeric mask late at night before bed, to allow the skin to get rid of the color if it is on the skin.
Can a turmeric mask cause an allergic reaction?
Turmeric and honey can cause a rash in some people, which can lead to one or more of these symptoms:
Blisters, dermatitis, redness of the skin, raised skin layers, pimples, itching and swelling.
Make sure to apply the turmeric mask to a small patch of skin first to ensure that you are not allergic to it or causing any skin irritation.
There are many other natural ingredients that can benefit your skin and face, such as:
- Baking soda for a wonderful face and smooth skin.
- Wash the face with diluted apple cider vinegar.
What are the uses of turmeric internally?
- You can use turmeric to make golden milk, which is used to treat many diseases.
- Turmeric can be used to prepare anti-inflammatory tea that relieves pain.
- It can also be used to treat depression and relieve osteoarthritis of the knee.
You have to know that turmeric has a low bioavailability in our body and is not easy to absorb, so you need to know how to improve the absorption of turmeric to get the best benefits from it.
And the following video explains in detail how to make and apply a turmeric mask on the face. Women use a slightly modified recipe by adding organic brown