Southern Mom Loves: Make a Calming and Brightening Turmeric Mask

Make a Calming and Brightening Turmeric Mask

Monday, March 24, 2014

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This is a recipe for a mask using Turmeric. Indian brides traditionally use it before their weddings and it helps to calm down any breakouts. If you have a big event coming up, this mask is for you.


You may want to try this out ahead of time, though, as Turmeric may stain some skin tones. You really don't want to show up for your big day with stained skin! If your skin is a bit yellow after using this mask, try using your regular cleanser afterward; I don't have any problems with this; my skin is very pale, but I have a natural yellow undertone.

Benefits of Turmeric for the skin (it has myriad benefits for the whole body; this is just a partial list): it is an anti-inflammatory (which will calm your skin), it has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which make it good for treating acne, hyperpigmentation, eczema and dark marks; it can be used as an exfoliant when mixed with gram flour, among other uses. I found a great list for other beauty-related uses for Turmeric here.


Turmeric (Haldi) Mask

*I should further warn that this will stain anything it touches, so this is a recipe you should be very careful preparing and using. Use washcloths and a towel that you don't mind staining.*

Ingredients:



Directions:
  1. Mix together the Turmeric, Almond Oil, & Flour in a glass bowl.


  2. Start with a small amount of milk; dribble it in and mix. You are looking for a non-runny paste texture, kind of like pudding.


  3. Apply to a clean face, avoiding the eyes and nostrils, in a thin layer.
  4. Let sit until hard, about 20 minutes.
  5. Wash off with hot water, rubbing to help loosen the mask. It is way less messy if you do this in the shower ;)
  6. Moisturize!

The leftover mixture can be refrigerated and will stay good for about a week.

I saw another mask here to brighten the skin (will also fade a bad tan) that uses lemon juice in place of the Almond Oil. Don't worry, if you can't find Gram flour, you can substitute All-Purpose.

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What are your favorite homemade masks? Leave me the recipe in the comments and I'll try it too!


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