Long considered a superfood in the health world, antioxidant-packed turmeric is a wonder ingredient for your skin too. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help calm redness, reduce the appearance of scarring, brighten skin, and even help fight acne.
“Turmeric is one of my favorite 'inside-out' beauty ingredients because it has the potential to address many outward concerns when ingested, and also when used in skincare," says Dr. Nadia Musavvir, a naturopathic doctor based in L.A. and Chicago. "Its anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as well as brighten the skin by lightening dark spots and improving overall skin tone."
Even better, you can easily whip up a turmeric mask in your kitchen. This recipe also includes soothing oats, skin-balancing yogurt, and hydrating honey for a total complexion reboot.
DIY Turmeric Face Mask
Recipe courtesy of BareOrganics
- 1 tsp. turmeric root powder
- 2 tbsp. ground oats
- 3 tbsp. organic plain yogurt
- 3 drops raw local honey
Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until smooth. Spread mixture evenly onto clean face, and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse face thoroughly.
Anyone who has cooked with turmeric knows that because of the ingredient’s natural yellow color, it can stain skin (or anything else it touches). Non-organic turmeric may include colorants to keep it yellow, so be sure to use an organic variety (like BareOrganics Raw Organic Turmeric Root Powder) to decrease the chance of staining. If the mask does stain your skin, coconut oil should do the trick to remove it—try Sephora Collection's Coconut Water Cleansing wipes (Dhs36, sephora.ae).
From Harper's Bazaar U.S.