The big secret ingredient to revealing your natural beauty is turmeric.
Turmeric is a popular spice often referred to ‘the golden spice’. It is part of the ginger family and usually grows in Asia and Central America.It is especially popular in India and China.
The spice has antifungal, antiseptic and antibacterial properties and is also a natural inflammatory (among many other incredible natural properties). Its frequently used to fight sickness and disease, and more commonly treat cancer but is also a game changer when it comes to your skin and beauty regimen.
It fights acne, brightens dull skin, evens discolorations, anti-aging, whitens teeth and even helps with acne scars. Turmeric paste is also said to help fight puffiness, wrinkles and even eczema.
Apparently, Indian brides perform an ancient beauty ritual the day of their wedding where the bride is covered head to toe in a turmeric mixture (consisting of turmeric, gram flour, sandalwood powder and mustard oil) which is said to cleanse their body and give the brides a glow on their wedding day.
After an afternoon as a local all natural spa a few months ago, I got my first turmeric based facial and I was instantly obsessed. My skin looked clear, bright. tighter and smooth. Hence, this blog post sharing my findings.
**Note: as per everything else you put on your skin, always test on a patch of your skin to see how your body reacts. IF you have sensitive skin, make sure you are using high-quality turmeric**
This mask will: prevent acne, help heal acne, even pigmentation, diminish wrinkles, improve skins texture and slow down cell damage (AKA anti-aging..)
2 TBSP of flour (use ground oats if your skin is dry)
1 TSP turmeric
8 TBSP of milk (use yogurt if you want to fight acne)
Few drops of honey
Directions: mix the ingredients and apply to face for 20 minutes. I will make a jar of this mixture and leave it in my fridge for up to 3 weeks.
To heal acne and prevent it
Pinch of turmeric Power
TBSP of honey
Directions: Use as a cleanser, and massage the mix into your skin.
Control oily skin
Pure sandalwood paste
Few drops of orange juice.
Directions: Apply to face for 10 minutes, rinse off with warm water.
Get rid of blackheads
1 TSP turmeric
1 TSP of natural yogurt
1 pinch of cinnamon
Directions: Leave on blackhead infested area for 15 min and rinse with cool water.
Equal parts turmeric powder+ rice powder
Equal parts raw milk + tomato juice
Directions: Make a paste and apply to face +neck. Rinse with warm water after 30 Mins.
Remove body hair – FOR GOOD
Boil ½ cup of sugar + 1 cup of water and create a sugar syrup
Let cool and add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice + turmeric
Directions: Make a thick paste and apply in the direction of hair growth.Massage on your skin for 5 minutes (in a circular motion). Repeat this process 2-3 times a week to discourage hair growth for good (seriously..it works..).
Healthy scalp and promote healthy hair growth + get rid of dandruff
1 TSP of turmeric
1 cup of olive or coconut oil
Directions: Massage into scalp and leave on for 15 minutes, shampoo + condition as usual.
Get rid of dark circles
1 TSP of organic turmeric
1 TBSP of Aloe Vera
Directions: Leave on for 15 minutes and repeat 2-3 times a week.
Side Note: If you are worried about staining your skin, add coconut oil or coconut milk to your recipes. Or make a sugar scrub and use that to get rid of any stains.
The benefits of incorporating turmeric into your regular beauty routine will speak for themselves. I could go on and on for recipes and beauty tricks but I wanted to write on the ones I have tried first hand first. I am totally addicted and have tried and loved all the recipes above and I hope you will love them too!
Let me know how it works for you!!