Turmeric is an age old remedy for a wide range of skin problems. Ayurveda recommends turmeric to be used regularly for glowing, blemish free complexion. Turmeric does wonders to the skin as an exfoliant. Apart from removing dead skin and impurities, the turmeric mask also maintains the natural pH balance of the skin and imparts a healthy glow to it.
Any pack we put on the skin gets absorbed into the blood stream. So what better option than the `yellow gold’, as Indians refer to turmeric to enhance beauty?
Here is a simple turmeric mask recipe for different skin types. Follow the below instructions.
- Turmeric 1 tbsp.
- 2 tbsp. flour: for vata dosha (dry skin type) use oatmeal, for pitta dosha (sensitive skin type) use chickpea and kapha dosha (oily skin type) use barley flour.
- Make it into a paste by adding a little water and massage into face and neck. Leave it on for 5 min. Then wash it off with warm water.
Turmeric can leave heavier stains on your skin if you mix it with plain water. Instead, you can try raw honey or milk to cancel out the staining.
How to remove turmeric stains from your skin
Anyway, do not fear of looking like a character out of The Simpsons. Scientists have discovered that curcumin is 2000 times more soluble in vegetable oil than it is in water. So, gently warm a bit of olive or sesame oil and massage it into your face for about a minute, then wipe away with a cotton pad.
TIP! It is important to note that Curcuma aromatica, and not Curcuma longa, must be used in skin care. Curcuma aromatica, also called “Wild Turmeric” has been used as an herbal cosmetic in South Asia and India for centuries. This traditional herb is used as a skin rejuvenative and to enhance skin health. It is less pungent in property than Curcuma Longa (used in cooking) which makes it ideal to use on sensitive skin. Use Curcuma Aromatica to address a variety of skin conditions: acne, scars, pigmentation, cellulite, inflammatory conditions of the skin and stretch marks among many other conditions. However, it is not edible and should only be used externally.
Turmeric as scalp saviour
Add 1 tablespoon of turmeric to a cup of jojoba, olive or coconut oil. Massage this mixture into your scalp and leave on for 15 minutes, then shampoo as usual. This is a great deterrent for dandruff and improves the scalp’s overall condition.
Turmeric as a skin brightener
Mix 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder, a pinch of turmeric powder and a few drops of lemon juice. Add enough milk or water to make a paste. Apply this mask on your face and neck; wash off with warm water once dry.