Turmeric, normally known as Haldi in India, is a spice with numerous uses. It is extensively used in India and China for medicinal purposes to treat many diseases. This yellow spice, which is part of the ginger family, is the popular spice used to make curry. Facial beauty masks made up of turmeric have been used throughout Asia for centuries. In South Asia, these masks were an essential part of the bride’s marriage preparation; it gives them a glamorous, flawless and natural look on their big day. Turmeric contains a photochemical called curcumin, which can give abundant advantages to the body, both inside and out. The turmeric-based face mask is very easy to prepare and acts as an exfoliator, a moisturizer, and lessens redness on the face. It brightens the skin and makes it look fresh and clean.
Turmeric helps to treat the acne and keep it away. It is suggested that mixing sandalwood powder with turmeric and then spread this paste over the affected skin cures acne and soothes the skin. You can also add a few drops of rosewater to reduce the spots as well.
Turmeric has been used for generations as an antibacterial agent. Turmeric paste is still used today to treat and soothe minor burns and cuts. It acts as an actibacterial agent to keep infections away and promote healing.
Eczema looks like red, crusty spots onto the skin causing irritation and it can be very painful. Turmeric reduces inflammation and redness and promotes skin healing when applied directly to the skin. It is suggested that applying a paste of turmeric for 20 minutes to the area affected can be an excellent treatment for eczema. After the 20 minutes, wash the paste off with cold water.
Asian and Indian women rejuvenate their skin by using turmeric masks. Turmeric masks have the ability to lighten stretch marks and even out skin tone. Many natural skin care brands contain turmeric (haldi) as an active ingredient because it has the power to even skin pigmentation as well as restore the skin’s natural and soft look.
Clear Up Rosacea
Rosacea is a long-term skin condition characterized by redness of the face, dilated blood vessels on facial skin, swelling, small pimples and pustules. A face mask made from turmeric might reduce soreness and the small pimples related with rosacea. The regular usage of a turmeric mask on the face can be used to help clear up rosacea.
How to Make a Turmeric Face Mask
In a plastic bowl, add a small amount of turmeric, and a few tablespoons of raw organic honey along with natural milk or yogurt. Blend the mixture and spread it over the skin. Keep it on for about 20 minutes and the wash it off with luke warm water. In the preparation of mask, you may also add few drops of lemon juice if your skin is oily. You can also add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to treat acne in a more effective way, but these are optional according to the use of an individual. Wear clothes you are not too attached to, in case it gets stained.