A member of the ginger family, turmeric has long been used as a spice in Asian countries. Even in my home, where we call it “haldi”, it is in majority of the desi dishes my mother makes. It is a major beauty ingredient culturally as well, used for brides and grooms during preparations to beautify themselves, during the “yellow mehndi” as my mother tries to translate it into English, ha. 🙂 During this celebration, everyone wears yellow as to not ruin their clothing when wearing turmeric masks, as it is a heavy yellow dye.
Here is a list of topical benefits when using it in facial masks:
– Defeats signs of aging as an exfoliate
– Reduces acne and its scars
– Reduces oil/sebum secretions
– Helps with combination skin types
– Reduce the look of stretch marks
– Heal burns
– Remove facial/body hair
It also has a few medicinal uses according to WebMD:
“arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders.
It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems.
Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth, and infected wounds.
In food and manufacturing, the essential oil of turmeric is used in perfumes, and its resin is used as a flavor and color component in foods.”
Try drinking it as a tea for flu season, pretty cool stuff right?
Turmeric Facial Mask
**Caution: This is a heavy dye, do not wear a shirt or a pair of pants you love when using this! It will also stain skin, so use gloves or a cheap brush to apply to skin. To remove stains, use skin toner or a gentle make up remover (beware: this may sting a little after the mask!).**
– 2 tsp Turmeric powder
– 1 tsp lemon/lime juice
– 2 tbsp ground oatmeal (for hair removal)
– 2 tbsp milk (for hair removal) or rose water
Massage the mask into your skin for 3 minutes, and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes or until it dries. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and a towel. Do this 3 to 4 times a week. Have fun, and if there is extra mask put it into a container and store in the fridge for next time! 😀