Turmeric is known lovingly known as the “golden healer.” It has been recognized by yogis and Ayurvedic healers, since ancient times, for its numerous healing properties. Most people in the Kundalini Yoga world are likely familiar with Golden Milk and other recipes where turmeric can be taken internally. But have you ever used turmeric externally, as part of your skin care routine?
Turmeric’s Skin Benefits
Turmeric is high in antioxidants that slow down cell damage
Turmeric is often as a skin exfoliant and improves the texture of the skin
It helps with inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, dry skin, psoriasis and eczema
Turmeric helps reduce pigmentation and even out your skin tone
It is also said to diminish wrinkles
At Indian bridal showers, there is a traditional Haldi ceremony in which a paste made with turmeric, sandalwood and rose water is spread on the bride’s skin by elder women in the family. The ceremony is a time for family blessings and skin exfoliation to get that bridal glow before the wedding!
DIY Turmeric Face Mask
A simple recipe with turmeric, flour, milk & honey
1. Mix together the following ingredients into a paste. Used all organic ingredients when possible:
2 tablespoons of organic flour. You can use regular flour, rice flour or ground oats if your skin is dry
1 teaspoon organic turmeric
3 tablespoons organic milk. You can also use yogurt to fight acne.
A few drops of organic honey (any kind will work, but manuka is especially good for acne)
2. Apply a thin layer to your face and let it dry for 20-minutes
3. Rinse off in the shower, scrubbing gently to remove
4. Apply your favorite moisturizer
Worried that the turmeric will stain your face? The milk or yogurt in this recipe neutralizes the staining properties of the turmeric. However, I definitely recommend a thin layer. The more you use, the greater your chances of staining, especially on your neck where your skin is thinner.