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3 Turmeric Face Mask Recipes & Why Your Skin Will Love Them

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Many of us have cooked with turmeric, but have you thought about putting it on your face? Used sparingly, in a turmeric face mask or scrub, we can give ourselves an extra boost.

Allowing time for self-care is vital in our modern world, where we may spend a lot of time dashing from one thing to the next. Making, and using, a homemade face mask is a therapeutic, and soothing experience. It allows us to take time out for ourselves and can provide a high boost to our well-being. In this article, we show you how to make turmeric face masks, including instructions for making a turmeric scrub

As a side note, be aware that turmeric can stain. It has a strong color and if you are used to cooking with turmeric you’ll likely know its staying power. It’s important you don’t overdo the quantity, and you can also do a skin test on the inside of your arm first, leaving for up to 10 minutes, which is the maximum time you should leave your face mask on for.

Benefits of Turmeric

A turmeric face mask or turmeric scrub may help with acne.
A turmeric face mask or turmeric scrub may help with acne.
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Turmeric is a traditional Indian spice and is widely used in the kitchen, and in natural medicine, to assist with a variety of conditions, such as arthritis, digestive disorders, respiratory infections, and allergies. Whilt there are a wide variety of ingestion benefits, we’re going to focus on the topical benefits that come through using a turmeric face mask or scrub. Consider adding it to your routine to reap the following benefits: 

  • Helps treat acne and reduces the appearance of acne scars due to it’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Treat dark skin patches and reduce the appearance of skin damage 
  • Soothe skin affected by conditions like eczema and psoriasis 

Oatmeal Turmeric Face Mask

Add a helping of oats to your skincare with this oatmeal turmeric face mask.
Add a helping of oats to your skincare with this oatmeal turmeric face mask.
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This turmeric and oatmeal face mask is a real treat, and you probably have everything you need in your kitchen or pantry. There are only 4 ingredients, one of which is water. For this face mask, we combine turmeric with oatmeal, which has been proven to have benefits for your skin, such as an aid to reduce inflammation, cleansing the skin, and balancing your skin’s pH level.


    • 1 tsp ground turmeric
    • ½ cup oats
    • 2 tbsp oil
    • Water


    1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the turmeric with the oats, then add the oil, and stir to combine.
    2. Add just enough water to make the mixture spreadable. You can always add a little more, bit by bit, if need be. 
    3. You can do your skin test here, on the back of your arm if you wish (see above).
    4. You may need to add a little more water if you have waited a little while, as oats soak up water superbly well.
    5. Apply to your face using your fingers or the back of a spoon, avoiding the eye area.
    6. Relax for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off thoroughly.

      Banana and Turmeric Face Mask

      Bananas feel super soothing on the skin.
      Bananas feel super soothing on the skin.
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      Bananas are another natural and healthy addition to our homemade skincare routine. Bananas contain Vitamins A and C, both of which may promote optimal skin health, and are full of potassium and moisture, which helps hydrate the skin. This recipe is enhanced with vegan yogurt (use from the fridge as the coolness on your face will feel lovely). You can use the small amount needed in the recipe, and enjoy eating the rest. Here’s how to make this turmeric and banana face mask:


      • ½ tsp ground turmeric
      • 1 ripe banana
      • 1 tbsp plain vegan yogurt


      1. Mash the banana until you get a banana paste, then stir in the yogurt and turmeric.
      2. You can do a skin test now if needed (see above).
      3. Apply to the face with fingers and leave for up to 10 minutes. 
      4. Rinse off or remove with an old facecloth as turmeric may stain the fabric.  

      Almond Milk & Turmeric Scrub

      A turmeric face scrub should leave your skin feeling refreshed.
      A turmeric face scrub should leave your skin feeling refreshed.
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      If you’re looking to exfoliate, you can whip up a homemade turmeric scrub in just a few minutes, in a few easy-to-follow steps. Here we use almond milk, due to its consistency and delightful aroma. If you’ve had the almond milk in the fridge you’ll also get that satisfying chill. You may even have your own homemade almond milk, which will work just as well. Here’s our turmeric and almond milk face scrub


      • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
      • 3 teaspoons almond milk
      • 3 teaspoons baking soda


      1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, until you get a paste.
      2. Apply skin test if needed (see above).
      3. Apply to the face, using gentle circular motions.
      4. You can leave it on for 5 minutes if you like, for example, if you are relaxing in a bath.
      5. Rinse off with water.

      You may wish to moisturize your skin following your scrub, so consider using a homemade moistuizer. Hopefully, you will feel the benefits of adding such recipes to your routine. Remember self-care should be high on our list of priorities for a healthy, happy, and compassionate life.

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