Spice Up

Your Skincare Routine

with These Five Turmeric-Friendly Face Masks

Not Just the Main Ingredient

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in tasty curry dishes and other zesty fare, turmeric is most definitely having a medicinal moment in the health, wellness, and beauty worlds for its proven anti-bacterial, anti inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antioxidant powers. So, what exactly is this amber-colored, super spice all about and how can you incorporate it into your beauty arsenal? Take this sacred Indian root from the kitchen cabinet to your medicine cabinet and reap the benefits of ageless, glowing-gorgeous skin.

ancient Ayurvedic medicine (a traditional Indian system of treatment), turmeric’s most notable compound is curcumin, a powerful polyphenol also found in tea, and, most recognizably, red wine. Rich in vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and phytochemicals, the turmeric root naturally supports the proper functioning of the body’s tissues, organs, cells, systems, and skin, and is claimed to be one of the oldest, most effective medicines in human history. From combating germs and bad bacteria, delivering anti-aging effects on the skin, aiding in digestion, boosting immunity, increasing physical and mental energy, maximizing metabolic functioning, and cleansing the blood and regulating sugar levels, it seems turmeric is the one-stop-shop for entire body and beauty maintenance.

Revered as a sacred spice in India for centuries and celebrated for its myriad of medicinal properties, including a bevy of beauty benefits, timeless turmeric has been touted as the ultimate antidote to common body and beauty woes. Providing the planet with endless uses and extraordinary, body-benefitting healing and preventative powers for nearly 4,000 years, the bright-hued root is produced from the perennial plant scientifically referred to as Curcuma longa. Belonging to the ginger family - another medicinal powerhouse - its distinctive color, unforgettable aroma, and unmistakable flavor has dubbed the ancient root “the golden spice” by its countless connoisseurs across countless cultures. The superstar staple in

    According to the U. S. National Library of Medicine, turmeric has been demonstrated to exhibit anti inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-neoplastic properties, especially when ingested or used topically, to modulate skin health and function. Early evidence has been shown that turmeric/ curcumin products, both oral and topical, may provide superior therapeutic benefits to the skin. With its arguably unbeatable anti-inflammatory, anti bacterial, anti-fungal, and microbial prowess, here are five fast and no-fuss, turmeric-infused face masks you can try tonight to treat common dermatologic issues:

BRIGHTENING MASK

Lighten, brighten, tone, and tighten in one skin-saving, spicy step! The synergy of the vitamin C in the lemon with the anti-inflammatory and melanin inhibitor agents in the turmeric will sure to give hyperpigmented complexions a much needed brightening boost. See Spot run.

Ingredients:

  1 teaspoon turmeric

  1 teaspoon lemon/orange juice

  1 teaspoon honey

HOW TO:

Mix all ingredients to a smooth paste and apply toclean, dry skin. Leave for 30 minutes and rinse offwith lukewarm water. Repeat 2-3 times weekly tosee brighter days ahead..

EYE MASK FOR DARK CIRCLES
Send puffy eyes and dark circles packing with this unique turmeric mask concocted for just the undereye area. The anti-inflammatory agents in the turmeric will instantly de-puff unwanted bags, while the aloe vera cools and soothes tired eyes.

Ingredients:
  1 teaspoon turmeric
  1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  1⁄4 teaspoon vitamin E oil

HOW TO:
Mix all ingredients until a smooth paste is formed and apply to clean, dry under-eye area for 30 minutes. Gently remove with a warm, wet tissue. Repeat 3-4 times weekly. Seeing is believing!

ACNE MASK
Turmeric’s prized anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties have been evidenced in unclogging pores, regulating sebum production, ridding the complexion of pesky pimples, and preventing new pimples from popping (no pun intended) up.

Ingredients:

  1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  3 drops tea tree essential oil
  1⁄2 teaspoon lemon

HOW TO:
Mix all ingredients and blend with a spoon until a smooth, creamy texture is achieved. Apply paste to clean, dry skin ad leave for approximately 30 minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm water. Repeat 2-3 times weekly for maximum blemish-banning benefits.

DRY SKIN MASK
Drench dry, dehydrated skin with this DIY mask that’s like giving your skin a big gulp of succulent moisture. The potassium in the turmeric provides hydration to skin cells, while the fat and proteins in the milk cream replenish moisture to compromised lipid barrier.

Ingredients:
  1 teaspoon turmeric
  1 teaspoon heavy milk cream
  1 teaspoon honey

HOW TO:
Mix all ingredients until a smooth paste is formed and apply to clean, dry skin. Leave for 30-40 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Follow with a ceramide-rich complexion cream. Repeat 2-3 times weekly to keep skin moist, dewy, and pleasingly plump!

WRINKLE MASK
An excellent source of exfoliation and collagen
production, turmeric combined with vitamin
A-enriched eggs will have you forgetting your
lines in no time.

Ingredients:
  1 teaspoon turmeric
  1-3 drops of rose essential oil
  1 teaspoon egg white

HOW TO:

Mix all ingredients and blend with spoon until a smooth paste is formed. Apply to clean, dry skin and leave for 30 minutes. Gently massage mixture into skin for 3-5 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Be a wrinkle warrior by repeating 2-3 times weekly.