Turmeric. I’ve cooked with it, absolutely. But have I used it on my face? Nope, never. Recently I’ve discovered this site called Hello Natural that I totally got sucked into. That’s where this Turmeric Acne Mask came in.
As I was finding fun beauty DIYs on Hello Natural, I started realizing that there were things I could, and should, start making myself. A lot of them, like this face mask, had ingredients I keep on hand, so it was kinda perfect.
And can I make a confession? I know we’re friends and this is a safe place…hello my name is Kelli, and never did I imagine I’d still be dealing with acne in my 30’s. Or at least I sure hoped not! But over the years I’ve learned that it’s one way the stress in my body acts out. Ugh!
I’m always on the hunt for great skincare products. If they’re natural and/or good for sensitive skin, odds are I’ve tried it or heard of it. And I have really started to learn more and research my beauty product brands, so that I know if they’re hypoallergenic and what goes into their products. I have grown to love Honest, Tarte, and FAB brands a TON for those reasons.
If I can save some money on a DIY face mask, I’m all for it. And this one was a cinch. Here’s all you need: Apple Cider Vinegar (I went for the raw, organic kind and Bragg is a great, affordable brand), Honey (I prefer local, raw honey when I can get my hands on it), plus Ground Turmeric, and Milk (which you may or may not need). The turmeric and honey work together with their natural antiseptic & antibacterial properties to help reduce acne and soothe inflamed skin. It’s worth a shot, right?!
Here’s the recipe:
(Recipe can be found on the Hello Natural site here.)
Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespooon of Honey
1/2 teaspoon of Turmeric
1. Put a little apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and wipe it all over your face, avoiding the eye area. Let it sit for around 5 minutes.
2. Then mix the honey and turmeric together, and use clean hands to apply a light layer on your face. Again avoiding your eye area. Let the mask remain on your face for 15-20 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water.
3. If your face has a yellow tint (turmeric is a bright yellow root and can stain), then just put a little milk on a cotton ball and wipe it on your face.
Use the mask twice a week.
This was super easy to mix up. I mean…2 ingredients and that was it. When I put the vinegar on my face, I noticed it turned my face fairly red, but I carried on for the sake of beauty! (No worries…all was well.)
I applied a thin layer of the mask to my face. I was careful to avoid my eyes and not put a lot on in an effort to avoid my skin staining too much.
Overall, the mask was pretty comfy on, although I know I looked hilarious with this orange-y yellow concoction all over it. And it wiped off with warm water easily.
I didn’t notice a yellow tinge to my skin, so I didn’t worry about the third step of wiping milk on my face.
I have to say that I really loved how my skin looked after I rinsed the mask off. Plus it just felt smoother and more taut. I am definitely going to be working this into my weekly skin routine!
Turmeric seems to be a bit of a trend these days. But for good reason! Turns out this spice has some serious benefits thanks to curcumin, which is found in turmeric. Here’s a brief rundown of a few health benefits:
1. Natural Anti-Inflammatory
Turmeric contains curcumin, which is a super powerful anti-inflammatory substance.
2. Antioxidant Power
The curcumin in turmeric offers two ways to kick free radicals to the curb. First, curcumin blocks free radicals on its own, then it stimulates the antioxidant mechanisms in the body itself. Pretty cool!
3. Increases Brain Function
This fact makes me want to start eating a lot more turmeric! It is capable of increasing levels of BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor), which when these levels decrease can be linked to depression and Alzheimer’s. Plus it could help improve your memory…where do I sign up?!
4. Lower The Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease is a serious issue for a lot of the world, and curcumin (found in turmeric) can reverse several steps in the heart disease process. Score!
5. Prevents (And Maybe Even Treats) Cancer!
Okay I don’t hate much, but I HATE cancer. It has stolen some of my favorite people from the world, so I am all for finding ways to avoid cancer. I am not going to go into all the technical details, but curcumin can actually reduce the growth of tumors and spread of cancer and can even contribute to killing cancerous cells.
Can you believe there are even more benefits of turmeric than what I listed above? To get a full list, and see more info on the above benefits and my source, click this link.
I’m so excited to keep finding ways to sneak turmeric into my diet and skin care routines! I hope after this, you are too! Happy masking!!