Turmeric has long been known in the west as a spice that adds flavor and color to Indian dishes or as an Ayurveda or Chinese medicine.
The popularity of turmeric is now spreading in the West too as a good way to improve skin health and for many other health problems.
In many parts of India, turmeric is an essential part of any beauty treatment.
When applied to the skin as a paste or a face mask, it can help in treating acne, eczema, rosacea and aids in skin rejuvenation.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that turmeric possesses are both important in treating these skin conditions. In acne, using facial masks can soothe skin blemishes and heal acne scars.
For patients with eczema, applying a facial mask can reduce inflammation and redness. When rosacea patients use turmeric masks, it can reduce the tiny pimples and redness that this skin condition causes.
Turmeric face masks are used to rejuvenate skin. Regular use of turmeric combined with various ingredients can soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Turmeric Masks you can try at home
Some simple tips to follow before using any facial mask
Before applying a facial mask, your skin must be clean and fresh and free of all cosmetics,
lotions etc. Hence, start with a nice hot shower or steam bath.
Use mild shower gel or non-medicated and non-abrasive soaps. This will open up pores nicely and make the mask more effective.
Once you prepare your turmeric mask and applied it, lie down and close your eyes.
This is a time to relax and rejuvenate your skin and mind. To add to the relaxing experience, you can place a couple of chamomile tea bags (after use and cooled down), 2 cucumber slices or 2 cotton balls soaked in lavender or rose water on your eyes.
Relax for at least 20 minutes, giving your face mask sufficient time to dry and stiffen. Now, you can rinse with warm water, making sure to gently remove all remnants of your mask. Finally, splash on some cold water on your face and pat dry.
The following are some face masks using turmeric that can be used for different types of skin.
Basic turmeric mask
To make this basic turmeric mask, combine some honey, yoghurt or milk with a few tablespoons of turmeric in a bowl. Mix this until it forms a smooth paste and apply on freshly washed skin. Leave this mask on for at least 20 minutes before washing off.
Turmeric face mask for beautiful skin
Brides in India use a turmeric mask before the ceremony. This is sometimes part of the religious festivities in many Indian homes.
For this beauty mask, combine 2 teaspoons sandalwood powder, 2 teaspoons turmeric powder, ½ cup chickpea flour with a little almond oil or ghee. To this add water and make a paste.
Apply this mask and leave it until it dries and then wash off with water.
For dry skin
- Combine 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 tablespoon milk powder with water.
- Apply for 10-15 min and then wash nicely.
For oily skin
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder to be combined with coconut oil to form a smooth paste.
- Apply and keep for at least 10 min and then wash thoroughly
Benefits: Coconut oil is well known to provide benefits to skin. It is an important constituent of several body creams and lotions too. Coconut oil is one of the best natural moisturizing agents.
It also protects skin from harmful microbes. Using coconut oil also helps in removal of acne and other scar spots on the skin.
- 2 tablespoons curd, ½ teaspoon turmeric and ½ teaspoon sandalwood powder must be mixed to form a smooth paste.
- Keep for 10-15 min and then wash nicely
Benefits: In Ayurveda milk and curd are considered to be very beneficial for skin. Sandalwood is known to benefit skin in many ways – it softens the skin and provides a glow.
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