Turmeric is incredibly trendy right now and for good reason — the bright yellow powder tastes great in a mug of warmed milk, has some amazing anti-inflammatory properties, and is generally just a really healthy thing to ingest. But my favorite way to use turmeric is actually not in food…it’s on my face.
There’s nothing like whipping a good homemade face mask, and all my favorite concoctions involve, you guessed it, turmeric powder. If your skin is looking dull, nothing perks it up and restores that pretty glow like one of these masks. You can easily find turmeric powder at the grocery store, or pick it up online, like at Amazon for $3.47.
While turmeric is incredibly versatile and great for all skin types, the other ingredients that go into your mask matter as well. You don’t need to worry too much about the proportions (though I suggest only adding a tiny pinch of turmeric to any of these masks since a little bit goes a long way). Just whip up small quantities of each ingredient, spread it over your face, take a few goofy selfies (this step is very important) and rinse for a gorgeous, glowing complexion.
Tip: Wear something you don’t care about ruining.
Face masks can be really messy and turmeric DOES have the power to stain stuff, but don’t let that stop you! Just be sure to wear a ratty old tee, apply over the sink, and rinse it off within 20 minutes.
Now, let’s get on to the different masks for each skin type, shall we?
For normal combination skin: turmeric, milk, yogurt, and honey
If your skin is neither dry nor oily (or maybe even a little bit of both), you’re in luck: Either milk or yogurt will do the trick. Both allow the turmeric to easily to spread over your face which will in turn brighten and soften your skin. Pick your poison, add a pinch of turmeric powder, and then squirt in a bit of high-quality honey. This is amazing for a skin that’s a little, well, confused. Honey is humectant, so it will hydrate your skin. It also is acne’s worst nightmare, which makes it a great ingredient for those who have dry and acne-prone patches.
For oily skin: turmeric, yogurt, and chickpea flour
Now, I’m no dermatologist, but if you’re looking to stop zits in their tracks, I suggest you try this mask. Turmeric itself has phenomenal anti-acnetic powers (it works wonders to bring down inflammation, which is sort of what those nasty red pimples are all about) and yogurt is super calming and has also been shown to clear up skin. Chickpea flour is just textured enough to exfoliate your skin without irritating it like some of the harsh microbeads on the market will.
For dry skin: turmeric, milk, and two drops of olive, coconut, or argan oil
The name of the game is hydration. If you have dry skin, you know why: Face masks can leave anyone’s skin feeling uncomfortably tight, and if you’re naturally a bit drier, this is even worse. This mask will do the opposite. The milk and oil will hydrate your skin really nicely while the turmeric gets to work on brightening it up. Follow up with your moisturizer of choice and you’re good to go!
For sensitive skin: turmeric, blended cucumber, and rosewater
If you tend to get red and irritated with most skin products, this easy DIY mask is about to become your RIDE OR DIE. You know how cooling and refreshing cucumber are — now just imagine putting that on your face! This mask will soothe your face rather than irritate it. The rosewater will plump your skin up nicely, while the turmeric works its usual magic.
My skin is normal, yet can be sensitive, so I made the first mask mentioned, which had a blend of milk, honey and turmeric. I actually applied this mask the day of my wedding, which goes to show how much I love it!
Milk gives you a runny consistency and needs to be applied quickly. As you can see, I use a very small amount of turmeric (too much can irritate my skin). That, combined with the fact that my complexion is naturally quite yellow-toned, means you can only see a bit of a yellow tint on my face in the picture above.
You don’t have to turn yourself into Tweety Bird (like Daisy Ridley accidentally did!) to reap the magic of these masks!