If you're a regular reader of Salt and Ritual then you know that I've been having quite the obsession with face masks made from activated charcoal. Chances are, you might be sick of me going on and on about how obsessed I am with them.
Well I decided to try another face mask with yet another favorite ingredient of mine, turmeric. Now turmeric hasn't been getting a lot of love in my house lately aside from throwing it in some curry now and again. But that doesn't mean we've parted on bad terms. Not at all.
I used to drink turmeric (and probably still should) every morning in my "morning antioxidant drink" made of hot water, honey, apple cider vinegar and turmeric. Somehow I just got away from this drink (I was getting nervous about how apple cider vinegar affects teeth enamel) and turmeric, although now I'm getting an itch to revisit it.
Also sometimes I'll also add a bit of turmeric to my coconut oil for oil pulling in the morning, although I haven't been consistent about it.
So while turmeric has been on the back-burner as bit as of late, I decided to give it another go, this time with a facial mask.
The Many Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is an ingredient wonder child. Chances are that if you've been researching health and wellness, you already know this.
The most important benefit of turmeric in my book is that it reduces inflammation inside and out. When I was having my morning wellness cocktail with turmeric and apple cider vinegar, I never got sick. I was convinced it was really those two powerful ingredients. And still am.
The main ingredient in turmeric that makes it the heavy hitting anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that it is, is curcumin. Which is why it's considered so great to also put on your skin.
According to one of my favorite sites, Hello Glow, turmeric can also repair cell damage, reduce acne, and even reduce pigmentation. I've had a couple of people reach out to me about remedies for discoloration, so you may want to try a turmeric mask if that's the case.
Turmeric isn't a New Beauty Must
Turmeric has been used as a beauty enhancer for a really, really long time. Like so many of the beauty ingredients that we treasure today, which is why we treasure them, right?
According to the blog Crunch Betty, Indian culture has been using what she calls the Indian Bridal Glow Mask for ages. Basically, Indian brides would cover themselves head to toe in this turmeric mask so they would be illuminated for the big day.
And Shannon at The Glowing Fridge says they also used a turmeric scrub before the big day.
Either way, I'm sure the brides were glowing with the help of turmeric. Don't Indian women always have the best skin? And the best hair for that matter?
My Experience with Using a Turmeric Face Mask
I Mixed Turmeric with Honey and Aloe Vera Gel to Create a Mask
I did a bit of research online about which ingredients to add to the mask. Many of them added yogurt, flour and oats. Since I try to do mostly plant-based/vegan recipes (aside from honey, which was my natural beauty gateway drug), I decided to stick with the ingredients that I see the most benefit from and use on a regular basis. So I added raw honey, aloe vera gel and some water.
The result was a somewhat thinner facial mask, but that was fine with me. It went on silky smooth, no need to worry about clumping and bits and pieces of oats falling off. Plus, since this was the first time using turmeric and the fear of it staining my face was hovering over me (even with other bloggers assuringly saying it doesn't stain skin), I wanted to just use a thin layer. Just in case.
Will Turmeric Stain Your Face?
I mixed the ingredients, applied the orange/yellow mask and let it dry. I started to get that same apprehension as I did with the charcoal mask. The fear that the mask indeed wouldn't come off. I began to wash it off with cool water (I always use cool water because warm/hot water can dry out skin) and the yellow tint wasn't coming off.
Of course at this point I was cursing myself and my heart was beating loudly in my chest. So I grabbed my handy dandy facial scrub praying it would work and thankful that I didn't have to be anywhere right afterwards. Well, the scrub worked yet again. Scrub to the rescue!
So, the mask did come completely off. Thank God. Although for me, it did take some scrubbing. And it did stain my fingernails for about a day, but I can live with that. It also stained my dress and my sink unfortunately. So just be careful when you try it.
So, Does Turmeric Really Give You Glowing Skin?
Yup. It sure does. Although I wasn't as impressed with it as the activated charcoal mask. I think that still reigns number one in my book because the charcoal lifts and tightens as well. But, the turmeric mask certainly brightens your skin and yes my skin was glowing. Of course I followed it with a honey face wash, and a mixture of argan and aloe vera as a moisturizer.
Will I use it again?
I will. I think I want to use it in conjunction with the charcoal mask, maybe once every other week while using the charcoal mask every week. Undecided and still in experimental mode with this, and excited to see where this turmeric mask thing goes. Maybe turmeric and activated charcoal will have a baby mask. We'll see.
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