I’m going to share with you my all-time favourite DIY turmeric face mask. It’s a great spot treatment, good for lightening acne scars and amazing at brightening skin. This mask is amazing for dull and tired looking skin.
You will need:
- Raw Honey – this is vital that it is raw. Processed cheap honey is likely to contain illegal antibiotics and heavy metals. The general rule when looking for good raw honey is, the darker the better as it contains more antioxidants. Raw Honey can be expensive but I tend to stock up when Holland & Barrett have their penny sale
- bowl and spoon (plastic bowls may stain so I would avoid this)
What to do
Before we begin to get into this -major necessary warning- this face mask can get messy. if you are very fair, I don’t know if I would recommend this mask as it could stain your skin yellow, unless you are into that Simpson- chic look. I have to admit that I personally think that this mask is best suited for South Asian and darker skin tones as they tend to have yellow/orange undertones to their skin which is enhances by the turmeric. You can always take out turmeric from the mixture or use very little turmeric; it will still make an effective face mask.
Also keep in mind that you may want to do a skin test as I have heard of instances where people have kept the mask on for far too long and repeated the mask way too many times which lead to irritated skin and burning due to the lemon.
- It is really really simple. In a bowl mix together 1 teaspoon of turmeric and the juice of half a lemon. You can use more or less turmeric depending on how fair or dark your skin is. Personally I find that during the frostier and darker months I have to ease up on the turmeric a little to cater to the lack of tan! Also keep in mind that applying the mask may stain your finger nails yellow (sexy, I know).
- Mix in the honey; I’ve used Manuka honey for this. There are no strict measurements to this. I usually measure by eye. If it is too runny I add more honey – you don’t want this concoction to be too runny because it will end up running down your neck staining your clothes.
- Tie your hair back. If you have lots of wild baby hairs like me, consider using a head band to avoid getting the mask into your hair. The honey can leave your hair dry and sticky.
- Instead of throwing away the lemon pieces, sometimes I dip one half into the mixture and use this to rub the mask into clean dry skin. Waste not want not! This way you get the extra nutrients and benefits from the lemon skin. Or you can choose to apply the mixture with your hands. I tend to focus on the trouble areas and then work my way around the rest of the dace. Really massage the product onto your face. You can also apply this product to the under-eye area as the yellow counteracts any dark circles. I would recommend to apply this near a sink so you can wash up straight away without staining anything or keep some wipes near by.
- Rinse of the mask with warm water after 10-20 minutes. If you have drier skin I would keep it closer to 10 minutes as the lemon can dry out your skin if the mask is left on for too long (hence why I suggested you do a test first); the honey is moisturizing but it does depend on each individuals skin. You may need to use a warm face flannel to rub the product off of your skin and prevent the turmeric from staining your skin yellow or staying sticky from the honey. I would leave your face to air dry before moisturizing with oil or serum of your choice.
- There will most likely be some left over face mask in the bowl if you are doing this by yourself. I usually cover the mixture and store in the fridge for up to a week. When it comes to storing, honey is said to be one of those miracle foods that has eternal storage. Modern archaeologists have found that honey found in Egyptian tombs have still been preserved despite being thousands of years old. I haven’t tried to store it for that long but it could possibly last longer than a week.
Ahh the educational part of this post because I like to keep you dolls the smartest.
Honey is one of my favourite ingredients! It has antibacterial properties and lightening properties which is great for fading acne scars. Its high sugar content helps maintain moisture which is great when we are using it with lemon which can be drying. F*** Kardashian beauty secrets- it was said that honey was one of Cleopatra’s beauty secrets. If it was good enough for a Queen, it’s good enough for me.
Lemon is an amazing fruit for several reasons. It can be used to brighten skin and lighten hair. It also posses antibacterial properties and can help eliminate excess oils so buh-bye shiny face. Lemon is also very effective at reducing spots.
Turmeric can remove hair over time (maybe don’t use it on your brows). Its antibacterial and antiseptic properties helps eliminate acne scars. It also helps reduce signs of ageing and stretch marks.
I swear by this mask, I’ve been using it in my skin care routine for over a year now and I have noticed a massive difference. It has helped my acne scars heal quicker, my pores have reduced like crazy and my skin feels so much tighter and healthier after using it. If your skin gets along with this, I would use it every day for a week and then 1-2 times a week from then on to see best results. Remember that it will not change your skin overnight and this is something you need to be consistent with to see results.