When I told my friend Susie that I was going to create a magical turmeric face mask for aging skin, her immediate question was, “Aren’t you afraid that you will turn your skin yellow?”
I can totally understand this question. After all, it’s true that most turmeric powders will leave your fingers sunshine yellow for more than a day. Fortunately, I have found a secret ingredient that should solve this problem. More on this in a second!
As you probably know if you’ve been watching my recent videos, I’ve become somewhat obsessed with turmeric recently. I love turmeric tea. I use it in many of my meals. I even mix turmeric with yogurt to create a cool summer snack.
As it turns out, turmeric is not just great for your inner-health – it may also be great for your skin!
For starters, turmeric is antibacterial and contains numerous antioxidants. It has even been shown to improve skin elasticity and lighten pigmentation. When combined with other natural ingredients, like chickpea flower and coconut oil, it can create fabulous results.
So, let’s get back to the original question. How can we create a turmeric face mask that won’t turn your skin yellow? The secret, according to one of my Indian friends is to use Kasthuri turmeric powder. Not only will this prevent your face from turning yellow, but, it will also be less likely to dye your hands while you are preparing your mask.
Here are the ingredients that you’ll need to create this turmeric face mask.
A quick warning. Any time you put anything new on your face, especially where spices or essential oils are concerned, always test the mixture on your arm first. Leave it for at least 20-30 minutes to make sure that you don’t see an allergic reaction. Also, never put these substances too near your eyes.
Mix the turmeric powder and chickpea flower together. Store this mixture in an air-tight jar so that you can use it multiple times. I usually get about 10 face masks from a mixture this size.
When you are ready to make your mask, put about 1 tablespoon of the mixture into a bowl and add enough water to make a paste. The exact amount of water to add will depend on how thick you want the face mask to be.
Now add an essential oil or facial oil of your choice. I’m going to put a few drops of rose hip oil. Always dilute essential oils and test them on your skin before putting them anywhere near your face.
If you want, you can also add a half teaspoon of melted coconut oil. In my case, I’m using some of the natural coconut oil that I made myself on my recent trip to Bali.
Remove any makeup from your skin and apply your homemade face mask to your face.
Not all you need to do is sit back and relax for 15 minutes. Take this time to think about all of the wonderful things in your life. You are an amazing person and you deserve every happiness that this world can give you!
What is your favorite homemade facial mask? Have you tried a turmeric face mask before? What did you think? Are there any face masks that you would like me to record a video on? Please join the conversation.