Beauty Recipes with Turmeric
Beauty of Turmeric
In my quest to uncover the amazing benefits of natural ingredients in homemade beauty products, a surprising giant in terms of benefits to the skin has been turmeric spice or turmeric powder.
I knew more about it for its culinary uses in Asian cuisine than in beauty I have to admit.
After some extensive research this golden powder is a stranger no more as a natural skin care ingredient.
This exotic member of the ginger family is much more than a flavoring and color for dishes.
A powerful and inexpensive beauty aid it has fabulous skin cleansing properties for a glowing skin.
What is fascinating is the long history and traditions linked to turmeric in Asian ceremonies, culture and beauty.
The most well known ceremony is the use of turmeric in the age old wedding tradition of ‘haldi’ where turmeric paste is applied to the brides face and arms.
This rich golden colored powder has many uses in Ayurvedic skin care beauty treatments which may be easily made at home.
Turmeric has been enjoyed by Indian women for thousands of years.
In the south of India for example, women have bathed using turmeric to avoid unwanted hair growing on their face and body.
When they start using turmeric from an early age it is said to prevent hair growth. While not typically practiced nowadays in the larger cities, it is still used in villages in southeast India, particularly by married women.
Turmeric Beauty Benefits ~
- Skin Brightening
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Helps Acne
- Anti-Wrinkle Treatment
- Cracked Heels
- Fungal Infections
- Skin Healing properties
- Skin Exfoliator
- Chapped Lips
- Reduce Body Hair Growth
- Evens Out Skin Pigmentation
- Prevents Stretch Marks (during pregnancy)
Important Info ~
Before using any ingredients on the skin for the first time, do a patch test to check for any sensitivity or skin irritations. If you have any known or suspected allergies, do not use any ingredients until you have checked with a doctor. If you have a medical condition or are taking any medication, always double check with a doctor beforehand.
Turmeric Beauty Recipes ~
Let’s now take a look at a variety of beauty secrets of the Indian culture which use turmeric to benefit their skins.
Many of these quick and easy recipes are using ingredients commonly found in the kitchen cupboards or fridges.
If you find you don’t have them, they should be easily sourced at health food stores, Asian convenience stores, local food markets or supermarkets.
Facial Masks ~
Skin Brightening Mask
Traditionally used the day before the wedding in Indian ceremonies by the bride and bridegroom, it is fantastic in eliminating blemishes, brightens the complexion, evens the skin tone and leaves the skin soft and supple. It may be used by all skin types once or twice a week. Mix together 2 tbsp cornstarch with 1 tbsp milk. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and a few drops of an edible oil of choice, and form a paste. Apply to a cleansed skin and leave for 15-20 minutes. Remove with lukewarm water and finish with a splash of cold water to close the pores. Apply your regular moisturizer. If you are stuck, why not use Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil or Coconut Oil directly on the skin as they all make superb skin moisturizers. These next few masks are ideal deep pore and skin cleansers leaving the skin glowing, super soft and smooth.
Oily Skin Facial Mask
Mix together 2 tbsp of sandalwood powder and milk with a drop of lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric powder until in a paste. Apply to the face, avoiding the eye area. Leave until dry and gently rinse off with lukewarm water followed by a splash of cold water. Apply your regular moisturizer as before.
Dry Skin Facial Mask
Add 1 egg white to a bowl and then add 2-3 drops each of olive oil, rosewater and fresh lemon juice. Mix well and add a pinch of turmeric. Combine ingredients and apply this to the face and neck. Leave for 15 minutes and remove with cold water. Finish with your normal moisturizer.
Normal Skin Facial mask
Mash 3-4 strawberries with 1 tbsp cornstarch and a pinch of turmeric to form a paste. Apply this to your face, avoiding the delicate eye area. Leave until dry and remove with tepid water, followed by a splash of cold. Apply your moisturizer by using facial massage on yourself.
Milk is Great for Acne
- The Benefits Of Turmeric Or Haldi
Turmeric or Haldi, an Indian spice used in everyday cooking in Asian cooking is one of the most powerful healing spices and one of the healthy foods. To know more about the use of turmeric as a healer in disease, read on......
Turmeric Facial Scrub for Acne ~
This will help dry up acne quickly. Mix together 1-2 tsp turmeric powder, a few drops of mustard oil and a few drops of fresh lemon juice to form a paste. Apply to the acne and massage gently in circular movements.
Leave on the skin for 10-15 minutes and remove with tepid water. Slash cold water and pat the skin dry with a towel. Moisturize as normal with an appropriate oil free lotion. This scrub may be used every other day up to 3 times weekly.
Drinking a glass of warm milk with a pinch of turmeric will help boost your system to eliminate the acne whilst increasing the immune system.
Treatment for Acne
Taking a tbsp of turmeric powder, add 1 tbsp cucumber juice and a few drops of coconut oil or jojoba oil. This should form a cream like texture. Apply to the acne and the surrounding skin. Leave on for at least 20 minutes or if you wish, leave on overnight.
Treatment for Scars
Turmeric is highly beneficial as an anti-scarring ingredient. Mix together 1 tbsp turmeric with a few drops of milk. Apply to the scars and leave for 15 minutes. Remove with warm water then cold and pat the skin dry.
Sugar Cane Fields
Anti-Wrinkle Recipes ~
Anti-Aging for Eyes
For fighting the signs of aging around the eyes, mix a pinch of turmeric with 2 tbsp buttermilk. Apply this around the entire eye area and wash off with cold water after 15 minutes. With regular use, this will help minimize wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes whilst reducing dark circles under the eyes.
Anti-Aging for Face
For the face, mixing turmeric with sugarcane juice is an effective wrinkle buster minimizing facial lines. Remove after 20 minutes with tepid water and a splash of cold water. Apply your normal skin moisturizer.
Turmeric powder mixed with milk may be applied to the face and lips. On the lips it acts as a healing agent whilst on the face it is a great skin cleanser. For something different, try a sugar lip scrub recipe which will remove dead skin cells, re-hydrates dry chapped lips and keeps the lips soft and supple during the colder weather.
Have you used turmeric on your skin before?
Mix together 3 tbsp turmeric powder with a few drops of coconut oil to form a paste. Apply to cracked heels. Apply at least twice a week until you start to see an improvement.
Turmeric has natural skin healing properties. Treating yourself to a homemade foot scrub is a great additional treatment to use which will benefit the entire foot by removing dead skin cells, reducing hard skin and eliminating dry flaky skin leaving the foot soft, nourished and smooth.
Another winner for cracked heels is to mix turmeric powder with castor oil about 10 minutes before taking a bath or shower. As with many other treatments, you need to do this regularly until your heels are back to being in good condition.
Take 3-4 tbsp gram flour, add tsp turmeric and mix to a paste by adding a few drops of water. Adjust quantities if needed to get the consistency.
Apply to the body just prior to showering or bathing. Massage in for 5 minutes to remove all the dead skin cells. Fresh new skin cells will give the skin a more healthy uniform skin tone whilst leaving it soft, supple and smooth.
Reduce Body Hair
Mix warm coconut oil with turmeric and apply on the body to help reduce body hair growth.
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