My skin is always in desperate need of an overhaul during the hot, sticky summer months. So I turn to a tried and true remedy: turmeric.
The powerful root packs a plethora of skin-boosting nutrients and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic beauty remedies. In fact, many women use a mixture of turmeric and sunflower oil on their skin to brighten complexions in the days leading up to their weddings.
It's extraordinarily anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, antibacterial and anti-aging, all of which makes it an excellent ingredient for a DIY face mask! This recipe is a new twist on an ancient remedy and luckily, the ingredients are totally affordable and can be found at an Indian grocer or online.
- 2 tablespoons besan flour (chickpea flour)
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 2 teaspoons raw honey
- yogurt, coconut milk or water (just enough to form a paste)
Gently wash face with warm water to open up pores. Pat dry. Mix the ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl. Using clean fingertips, place a thin layer of the mask on your face. Be careful to avoid your eyes, eyebrows and mouth. Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes, or until it dries completely. Use a washcloth to remove the mask, then apply a light moisturizer to lock in all the goodness. If you have a fair complexion, the turmeric may leave behind a faint hue. Don't worry! A sugar scrub will remove it and leave your skin exfoliated, a bonus!
Eryn Burney Ricker is a natural beauty advocate and the founder and formulator of the natural skincare line, Real Beauty for a Cause. Eryn believes that real beauty is found in giving back to others and improving the communities that we live in. All Real Beauty products are hand-made in small batches by women who are working to break free from the cycle of poverty and gain economic independence.
Eryn lives in Missouri's wine country with her husband, three boys and dog, Otis.