Turmeric is highly valued for its many health benefits including reducing chronic inflammation, aiding weight loss, balancing metabolic function, attacking free radicals, and aiding in the prevention of many cancers. Turmeric tea, turmeric paste, turmeric milk and golden milk have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties from curcuminoids, primarily curcumin, and this is good news for the health of your skin.
Because it works to control the bacteria that cause acne, turmeric reduces swelling as well as pain from pustules. Turmeric is also an antioxidant so it helps to heal skin and prevent environmental free radicals from causing further damage. And it can be used as a soothing mask for a general detox even if you don’t have acne!
Curcumin is the compound that gives turmeric its distinctive yellow color, and because of its antioxidant properties, it can reduce age spots caused by photo damage (sun exposure) as well as improve the appearance of fine lines.
Turmeric contains calcium to heal dry skin, vitamin C to help build collagen and maintain elasticity, vitamin B6 for new skin cell formation and moisture retention, potassium for dry skin and cell hydration, and magnesium for all cell processes.
To reap the benefits of turmeric, drink a cup of turmeric tea daily and apply this wonderful turmeric-paste mask to your skin once a week.
How to Make Basic Turmeric Paste
Applying a paste made from turmeric for 6 months will give you a marked improvement in skin imperfections, and you will experience almost immediate benefits for acne.
You will need:
1/4 cup organic turmeric powder
1/2 cup pure filtered water
Sanitized glass jar with lid
Combine turmeric powder and water in a saucepan over medium heat for about 6-8 minutes or until a thick paste forms. Stir occasionally to eliminate clumps. You can add a few drop of water if the mixture begins to get to dry.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Store the mixture in a sanitized glass jar in the refrigerator for up to one month.
Making a Turmeric Paste Facial Mask
The Basic Turmeric Paste recipe is great for adding to your foods or making teas and drinks, but there’s a good chance it will stain your skin and nails. The following recipe has some additions to prevent staining.
You will need:
1/4 teaspoon Basic Turmeric Paste
1 teaspoon milk or coconut milk (not coconut water)
1 teaspoon raw honey
A small glass dish to mix the mask
This rubber glove to prevent nail staining (optional)
How to apply:
- Gently clean the skin using warm water to open the pores. Pat dry.
- Remove a small amount of paste from your container and apply a thin layer to the affected area or over the entire face. Work upwards in small circles from your chin to the cheeks and then to the forehead. Avoid the eyes and eye area.
- Allow to dry (about 10 minutes).
- Gently remove the paste with a warm washcloth and rinse thoroughly with cool water.
Note: Test your paste on a small portion of skin. If it stains, you will need to apply this simply stain-removing remedy after your turmeric-paste mask.
- Mix a tablespoon of white granulated sugar with warm water and gently exfoliate the skin. Do not scrub, particularly if you have acne. Just work in circles on the skin until the stain disappears.
You can add any of the following ingredients to your facial mask to vary its qualities and benefits. Use just a small amount (1/4 teaspoon) and only add one extra ingredient to the mixture or you will lose the consistency. It can be thin or thick. As long as the mask mixture stays on your face without dripping, your consistency is ok. You can change out your extra ingredients each week or stick with the ones your skin needs most.
Avocado – Contains Vitamin E to fight free radical damage and healthy fatty acids that are anti-inflammatory and hydrating.
Yogurt or other fermented milk product – Contains B vitamins, zinc and calcium to nourish and hydrate skin. Live cultures destroy the bacteria that causes acne.
Lemon juice – Tightens pores and tones oily skin. Limonene in lemon is a natural astringent and anti-bacterial.
Raw honey – A natural free radical inhibitor and anti-bacterial that hydrates skin. It can also have a gentle skin-lightening effect that will reduce the appearance of dark spots and acne scars.
Coconut oil – Contains antiviral, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties (from lauric, capric and caprylic acids), vitamin C for collagen production, vitamin E for UV protection, medium-chain fatty acids known to fight acne-causing bacteria, and medium-chain triglycerides to unclog pores.
Nutmeg – Works as a gentle exfoliator
Egg white – Protein repairs tissue, potassium hydrates, riboflavin eliminates free radicals on the skin, and magnesium slows down the aging process. It will be difficult to measure 1/4 teaspoon of egg white into your mask mixture, so do your best to add just a small amount.
Egg yolk – If your skin is very dry, this part of the egg is extra hydrating.
- You can also use turmeric paste to make turmeric milk or tea. Simply add 1/2 teaspoon to warm milk over low heat or boiling water stirring until the paste is incorporated into the liquid and the drink is smooth, without lumps.
- Add turmeric paste to soup bases, smoothies, cottage cheese, and salad dressings.
- The ingredients in your turmeric facial mask are all edible, so you can add any leftover to your food, too! Just be sure you don’t use your fingers to apply it if you’re going to eat it.