My obsession with turmeric has been going strong for a few years now. It all started with this chai-spiced turmeric tea, a soothing combination of turmeric, honey, and almond milk, and has since expanded into the realm of smoothies and soups. But it turns out that you can use it on your face, too.
Turmeric has been popping up in beauty products for centuries, and its effects are just as potent on the outside as they are on the inside [source]. Simply combine turmeric with a little coconut milk and honey and voila! An anti-inflammatory, anti-aging turmeric face mask that will leave you with glowing skin.
How to Make an Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Mask
My poor face has needed a lot of help lately. Thanks to the summer heat and a little too much sun, my skin has been red and finicky for weeks. Whenever this happens, I reach for the big guns.
Turmeric is a strong anti-inflammatory, thanks in part to a phytochemical called curcumin [source]. Not only does it calm inflammation, but it also helps heal wounds, soothe skin irritation, and treat burns [source]. A 2016 review concluded that studies show turmeric has a significant effect on skin disease severity when applied topically and when taken internally [source].
For added benefit, I recommend mixing it with other skin-soothing ingredients that work in tandem with turmeric to decrease inflammation and improve the look and feel of skin. Two of my favorites are raw honey [source] and coconut milk [source], which help tighten and brighten skin while also minimizing pores and replenishing moisture.
But there are lots of other ingredients you can choose from. Just look through your medicine cabinet and pantry for things like Vitamin E, essential oils, and tea to boost your mask’s effectiveness.
And the best part is that this turmeric mask works its de-puffing magic in just 10 minutes!
While this mask isn’t likely to leave your face with an orange hue, your clothes are a different story. I would recommend wearing old clothing when applying this mask, and staying away from furniture that’s tough to clean! When it’s time to rinse off, just use your hands and some warm water to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and cleanse your face.
Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Face Mask
- Small bowl
- Put turmeric, honey, and coconut milk into a small bowl and stir. Add the orange oil and stir again. You want your mask to be a thin paste, so adjust the coconut milk as necessary until you get the right consistency.
- Before applying, cleanse your face to remove dirt and makeup.
- Apply the mask evenly all over your face, being sure to focus on any inflamed areas. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Repeat as necessary until inflammation subsides.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice, and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.157