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Beauty: Homemade Turmeric Face Mask

Posted by Allie on 15th April 2016

Make your own turmeric face mask for all skin types, including acne and problem prone skin
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Turmeric (curcuma longa) is a spice that comes from a plant native to the South Asian region. It’s typically added to foods but has long been used in certain parts of the world as a cosmetic and skin care product due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Research has found that using turmeric on the skin can help improve conditions such as acne or excessive oiliness (1). This may be good news for women with PCOS who suffer from skin problems. Find out more about skin issues that can affect women with PCOS and ways to manage them.

I discovered this turmeric face mask whilst working with a large Bengali community in London. Several women I spoke with swore by it as a skin treatment to minimise the appearance of wrinkles, brighten skin, and help calm any blemishes or spots. I was also told that the turmeric face mask was traditionally used by Indian brides before their wedding day to achieve a beautiful glow, which was good enough for me to try it!

I use this turmeric face mask regularly and I’m always amazed by the result – it leaves my skin soft, glowing, and feeling incredibly clean. As it consists of very few ingredients, it’s a cost effective mask in comparison to a lot of shop bought ones, easy to make and means you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin.

Some people are concerned that using turmeric on your skin may stain it. I’ve never had issues with staining personally but I’m mindful of the ingredient proportions I use and rinse it off with my usual cream cleanser afterwards. I recommend doing a patch test before full application to check there are no issues or reactions on your own skin.

To make your own turmeric face mask for one person:

  • Put 1 ½ tablespoons of gram (chickpea) flour in a bowl or other container
  • Add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric
  • Then add milk of your choice (you can also use water) in small amounts to the turmeric and flour, and mix together until you achieve a mask consistency i.e. not too dry but not dripping
  • Apply to your face and neck for approximately 15 minutes. It will dry and tighten on your skin – try not to leave it on for much longer as it will take a lot more scrubbing to get it off if it’s too dry. To remove the mask, wash your face with warm water. You may prefer to use warm water on a flannel/face cloth to gently take it off.



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1: S. Zaman & N. Akhtar. 2013. Effect of turmeric (Curcuma Ionga Zingiberaceae) extract cream on human skin sebum secretion. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research. 12 (5): 665-669.

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