I’m always enamored by how good it feels to pamper your skin. Most of us can’t afford expensive spa facials or fancy beauty products, but it doesn’t mean we have to go without the luxury or benefits of these treatments. Whether it’s making a simple sugar scrub, moisturizing with your own rose petal body oil, or making a turmeric mask for skin care, I’m all about easy, budget-friendly ideas for looking your best. First up, try a glowing skin turmeric face mask!
“Secret Beauty Weapon”
I read recently that actress Thandie Newton called turmeric her “secret beauty weapon.” Isn’t that spice just for curry? Nope—although it is fantastic and one of the most researched natural ingredients for healing inflammation from the inside out—here are some of our favorite anti-inflammatory turmeric recipes.
Not only does this spice have amazing healing properties, but it’s also a great beauty product. It turns out Indian brides have long used turmeric as a head-to-toe body scrub and face mask to brighten skin before their weddings.
What is turmeric?
Though turmeric is found in many Southeast Asian dishes, naturopathic physician Dr. Trevor Gates says it’s actually a long-standing South Indian spice that’s been trusted for a multitude of uses. Not only is it a flavoring and coloring agent, but she says it’s also used as a medicinal and beautifying herb. In fact, she notes that its primary active compound, curcumin, has been scientifically proven to be a potent anti-inflammatory that soothes redness and itchiness [source].
“Turmeric impacts the growth of microorganisms on the skin, helping to ward off acne-causing bacteria, and it prevents other infections from spreading,” Dr. Gates explains [source]. “It also contains powerful antioxidant properties, balances sebum secretion, and helps clean out pores.”
Turmeric beauty benefits
—Turmeric is high in antioxidants that slow down and help to repair cell damage [source].
—It’s widely used as a skin exfoliant and improves the texture of skin [source].
—It helps reduce pigmentation and even out the skin tone [source].
—It is also said to diminish wrinkles [source].
Will a turmeric mask stain my face?
Let’s tackle the biggest question: Will I turn yellow? Yes and no. Some folks never have staining; it can often depend on your skin tone. If you’re very fair, you might get a tinge of yellow, but it’s not permanent.
While the powerful antioxidants present in turmeric impart that vibrant yellow color, be aware that this same color can stick around a little too long. I learned first-hand just how powerful turmeric is at coloring my pores. As Dr. Gates explains, turmeric may stain pale skin if used in a DIY skincare recipe. BUT there are a few ways to 1) minimize staining and 2) remove turmeric stains.
Glowing Skin Turmeric Face Mask Recipe
Here is the basic face mask recipe that you can test and tweak to find what works best for your skin.
—2 tablespoons organic chickpea flour
—1/4 teaspoon turmeric
—3 tablespoons full-fat milk or Greek yogurt
—1/4 teaspoon honey (any kind will work, but Manuka is especially good for acne)
Step 1 | Start small with 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric.
Yes, turmeric stains, so go easy. Start with 1/4 teaspoon, and don’t go higher than 3/4 of a teaspoon of turmeric per mask.
Turmeric should make up just about 10–20% of your face mask. So start with 1 part turmeric and 9 parts flour and work up to 1 part turmeric to 4 parts flour.
Step 2 | Add 2 tablespoons of chickpea flour.
The remaining 75–90% of your mask is usually made with chickpea flour. Why? It’s sticky and thickens the mask, keeping it from sliding down your face.
But you can customize the ingredients for your skin type and your skin’s needs. Try mixing in Fuller’s earth or bentonite clay with the chickpea flour to dry out oily areas, or use ground oats if your skin is on the dry side.
Don’t have chickpea flour? Use regular flour, rice flour, or ground oats if your skin is dry. Or just leave it out, and stick with full-fat yogurt and honey.
Step 3 | Add liquid to make a paste.
After you combine the turmeric and flour in a small bowl, add the milk or yogurt until you have the right consistency. You want to create a thick paste that you can slather on your face—it shouldn’t be runny! If it’s too milky, add more flour to thicken.
You can also use unsweetened coconut milk, almond milk, rose water, apple cider vinegar, or a fresh juice like orange, pineapple, or grape juice.
Step 4 | Add 1/2 teaspoon of beneficial extras.
Add a small amount of additional ingredients—like 1/2 teaspoon—to make it more moisturizing or add other benefits. Honey or aloe vera gel makes the mask more moisturizing. Apple cider vinegar or tamanu oil is great for acne. Mix in an egg white to tighten skin.
Step 5 | Apply a thin layer to your face.
Scoop up the paste, apply it to your face with your fingers, and let it dry on your skin.
Apply a thin, even layer—the more you pile on, the greater your chances of staining, especially on your neck, where the skin is thinner. I noticed some staining on my hands, but it came off easily.
Step 6 | Leave it on for 10–15 minutes.
Keep the mask on till it’s almost dried but not completely dry and cracking. Around 10 to 15 minutes is all you need.
Step 7 | Rinse off the mask with warm water.
Massage the mask into your skin as you rinse with warm water to help remove the turmeric. This mask is a good one to use before bed; if there is minor staining, it will disappear by morning.
How do I remove turmeric stains on my skin?
If you’re left with a bit of a turmeric tint, don’t fret; there’s a simple solution. Turmeric is oil soluble, so reach for something containing fat to help absorb the color.
Milk cleanse: Wipe your face with a milk-soaked cotton ball to help remove any staining.
Yogurt massage: After rinsing off the turmeric mask, massage your face with yogurt to lift the color. You can leave the yogurt on for 10 minutes or so if you want.
Tweak your routine: Apply the mask between the double cleansing process, then swipe on some toner with a cotton pad to get rid of the stain completely. Cleansing balm/oil → turmeric mask → water-based cleanser → toner → rest of routine.
More Turmeric Mask Recipes on Hello Glow:
—Hydrating Turmeric Face Mask For Sensitive Skin: For a hydrating face mask, combine the skin brightening and lightening benefits of turmeric and lemon. Milk adds B vitamins, alpha-hydroxy acids, calcium, and other potent antioxidants.
—Turmeric Face Scrub and Acne Mask: Turmeric’s texture provides excellent exfoliation, and it helps regulate skin’s oil production, making it great for acne-prone skin.
—Tightening Turmeric and Egg Mask: Turmeric is excellent for fading age spots and scars, and this mask combines the spice with egg proteins and B vitamins to promote skin repair and olive oil hydrate dry skin.
—Soothing Turmeric and Coconut Mask: Turmeric calms inflammation and irritation while skin-soothing ingredients like raw honey and coconut milk help tighten and brighten skin.
Turmeric Mask FAQs
How often can I use a turmeric mask?
You can do it as often as daily, but once or twice a week should be enough to get results.
Should I do a patch test before using?
A good rule of thumb is to try it on the inside of your arm for a few minutes first. You’ll see if you have any adverse reactions and also get an idea of how long it takes to stain the skin.
You can use the 1-minute rule: if you notice no discoloration after 60 seconds, leave it on for another 4 minutes. Test again, keeping it on for 15 minutes, which should be the max for most products and at-home solutions.
Why does my turmeric mask feel like it’s burning?
If you use retinoids and feel a burning sensation with a turmeric mask, wash it off immediately. This is a common skin reaction with retinoids and turmeric, so patch test before using.
How do I use turmeric for acne?
Combine the anti-inflammatory power of turmeric with the healing power of raw honey for a super simple turmeric acne mask. Use a 1:1 ratio of raw honey and turmeric for a quick spot treatment on blemishes. You can also make a turmeric-water paste and apply it like a spot treatment.
What kind of turmeric should I use?
Look for organic turmeric to make sure it doesn’t include any yellow dye. You can also use Kasturi turmeric, which is not meant for cooking and may stain less.
Can I make a turmeric hair mask?
Yes, turmeric makes an excellent scalp mask to fight off flakes. Combine 1 tsp of turmeric with 2 tbsp of olive oil and apply to your scalp. Leave on for 15–30 minutes before shampooing out.
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.642