We have talked a lot over here about how beauty products can be so expensive. I love and stand behind the fancier products that I write about but we can also have some fun with creating our own at home beauty remedies. I’m working on a post with some more affordable skincare options but I really believe that at home treatments (especially face masks!) are where it’s at if you’re looking to save money. You get to have total control of the ingredients in the treatment, there’s no preservatives or chemicals, and they’re fun to make!
I have been having a lot of fun playing around with creating my own natural remedies and am committed to sharing more face mask recipes here. We talked about egg beauty benefits a couple weeks ago. Egg whites + egg yolks have a ton of great benefits – you can do a lot of great DIY treatments at home for hair, skin, and body. This turmeric face mask DIY is a new favorite as it is so good for your skin.
The mask uses just four ingredients (which you probably already have at home!) It’s super easy to make in just a couple minutes, and the results are just as powerful as a lot of the fancier and more expensive face masks I use. It exfoliates, brightens, and makes your skin so so soft. After using it, your skin will be softer, brighter, and GLOWING. And that’s what we all want, right!?! It’s all about glowing skin right now.
Turmeric Beauty Benefits
I feel like turmeric is in every healthy food right now. It started as a main ingredient in curry (that bright yellow orange color is hard to miss!) but has become super trendy over the past few years, and for good reason – it has a lot of great health benefits. If I’m starting to get a cold I’ll get a turmeric shot at Juice Generation… golden milk is all the rage, and it seems to be creeping up in everything from salad dressing to dessert! Its healing benefits make it so good for you to eat, but it’s also great for your skin! Indian brides have used turmeric scrubs and masks to purify and cleanse their bodies and get glowing. It’s great for deep cleansing and purification but since it’s also high in anti-oxidants, it has amazing anti inflammatory properties which can help soothe irritated, angry skin.
Turmeric is great for acne and purifying the skin, but it’s great for dry skin as well. It’s basically a wonder herb. What makes it so powerful is curcumin (a phytonutrient) with anti-inflammatory abilities.
Turmeric Face Mask DIY Recipe
Turmeric // We talked about turmeric above but it has incredible anti inflammatory properties, is great for purifying the skin, and a natural exfoliant. Leaves skin brighter and can help to lighten dark spots.
Honey // I use this manuka honey (which I also take if I’m getting sick). It’s a little pricier than regular old honey (which you can totally use) but it’s highly anti-bacterial (so again, great for purification) but also suuuuuper hydrating so it cleanses the skin while adding insane hydration. As an aside, if your skin is ever super dry you can use this honey on its own as a face mask for hydrated, glowing skin.
Greek Yogurt // Greek yogurt is actually great for your skin as it contains lactic acid (a natural exfoliant + moisturizer). I used Fage 2%; honestly any yogurt will work. I like this yogurt as it’s really creamy so it gives the mask a nice texture. It’s also the yogurt I eat most mornings for breakfast, so it was convenient. 😉
Apple Cider Vinegar // It’s a natural astringent (it makes a great spot treatment for pimples, FYI!)
A few quick notes: be careful with the turmeric as it can stain the things around you (it won’t stain your dishes or sink, just rinse them immediately)… and you can leave out the apple cider vinegar if you hate the smell.
- Wash your face so that you are starting with clean, dry skin.
- Combine 1 teaspoon greek yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon honey, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, and a few drops of Apple Cider Vinegar*
- Apply the mask evenly all over your face with a paintbrush. Avoid the eye area.
- Allow to dry. (About 15 minutes!)
- Remove with warm water and a wash cloth. I suggest using a wash cloth you don’t really care about as the mask will turn it a bright yellow orange!
*Be careful with how much ACV you use. You really only need a few drops. The reason this mask took me a little while to perfect was that I was using too much. It was too strong for my skin. Nothing bad happened, the aroma irritated my eyes.
Turmeric Face Mask Benefits
After applying this mask my skin is so, so soft. It’s really good for brightening and detoxifying the skin.
Turmeric is great for treating acne and can also help with fading dark spots (malasma, acne scars). I don’t have either of these skin conditions so cannot personally attest to whether it works but there are a lot of articles out there (like this one) that say it can really help. (Definitely consult your dermatologist.) If you do this mask to help fade dark spots, consider adding a few drops of lemon juice as well.
You can mix turmeric with just about everything (try adding it to the egg face mask I talked about in this post!) Coconut oil would be another ingredient to consider adding, as it’s so hydrating. I left it out in this case as I wanted a mask that was more detoxifying and brightening… but if my skin was feeling dryer than usual I would add 1/2 teaspoon of melted coconut oil to this formula! I think that will be my winter version of this mask.
PS – if you are more of a BUY vs DIY person, Kiehl’s has a great turmeric mask, and I really love this one from APTO (I featured it in this post; it’s very similar to the one we made today). Also I love this body treatment – it makes your whole body yellow but leaves skin so soft.