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Nothing's worse than waking up to a new zit, especially since acne-fighting cleansers, creams and toners often prove costly and ineffective. For a flawlessly fabulous complexion, turn to turmeric. The pungent Indian spice contains natural compounds known to improve skin's overall health and reduce the appearance of acne. Create your own turmeric face mask for a completely natural solution to your problem skin -- because beautiful skin is always in fashion!
A Friend With Benefits
For a humble spice, turmeric sure packs a punch. Ayurvedic medical doctor Bharat B. Aggarwal, Ph.D., recommends the herb to soothe inflammatory skin conditions like acne. The University of Texas Department of Experimental Therapeutics found turmeric "exhibit[s] antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities." Use turmeric daily to remove acne-causing grime from your skin's surface and fortify your skin with essential supplements that hydrate, soften and nourish your best accessory.
Skin-sational Turmeric-Honey Facial
Look for organic turmeric powder at your local health or international foods store. For a deceptively simple pore-refining blemish blaster, mix a pinch of the golden powder into 1 teaspoon of dark organic honey. Spread evenly across your skin, allowing at least 15 minutes for your skin to absorb turmeric's potent nutrients. Rinse with lukewarm water and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
Powerful Turmeric Ubtan
A classic Indian face mask known as an Ubtan combines herbs with oils and grains. In a small ceramic bowl, mix 1/2 cup chick pea or garbanzo bean flour with 1 1/2 tablespoons of turmeric. Add 5 drops of organic sesame seed oil, then stir in just enough water to thicken your mixture into a paste with cake batter-like consistency. Secure your hair away from your face or cover it with a protective towel. Use your fingertips to gently spread turmeric paste all over your face and neck, avoiding the sensitive eye area. Let your mask set for approximately 15 minutes. Once the paste dries, rinse your skin with lukewarm water. Store any leftovers in a cool dry place.
Smooth as Honey Turmeric Mask
Milk is another traditional home remedy for dry or irritated skin. Cleopatra allegedly took milk baths to soothe, protect and rejuvenate her royal epidermis. In a large stainless steel or ceramic mixing bowl, blend 1 tablespoon of milk with 1 teaspoon of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of mildly exfoliating fine sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon of zinc oxide. Add 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric powder. Mix ingredients thoroughly, then apply the mask to your face and neck with gauze or a cotton pad. Allow a minimum of 25 minutes for your skin to absorb the mask's benefits. Rinse with warm water and refrigerate any leftovers for up to three days.
Bright yellow turmeric may color your skin. Before applying any turmeric to your face, test a small amount on the inside of your wrist. Remove lingering golden hues with warm water and mild soap. If the stain seems particularly stubborn, cut back on the amount of turmeric in your recipes.