Spice Whirled: DIY Turmeric Facial Mask for Glowing Skin

by Lisa Kasanicky

With its deep yellow hue and ambrosial aroma, turmeric has long been prized for the earthy-sweet flavor it adds to curries, chutneys and stews. And while turmeric might kick up the flavor in your food, it’s more than just a seasoning. Turmeric is loaded with health and beauty benefits thanks to its bioactive component, curcumin, which ranks high on the antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory superfoods list. Healthline cites multiple studies linking curcumin to lowering the risk of heart disease, alleviating inflammation associated with arthritis, enhancing memory and even helping with depression. And if that’s not evidence enough of the spice's rising celebrity status, Starbucks recently added a new Turmeric Latte to its menu.

So what’s with turmeric in beauty products? The same anti-aging properties that decrease inflammation and oxidation work topically on skin to heal, protect and intensify collagen production, leaving skin more luminous. Turmeric has been shown to tamp down acne, diminish hyperpigmentation and offer relief for conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. This sunny-colored spice has been used for centuries in Indian pre-wedding beauty rituals, and celebrities including Rachel Hunter even reportedly drinks daily turmeric shots to amplify her “model glow.”

Here at LATHER, we recently added a touch of turmeric root powder to our best-selling facial sponge. Our new Konjac Facial Sponge with Turmeric cleanses and gently exfoliates while releasing a hint of turmeric with each use to intensify your glow. Use a dampened sponge alone in the morning to wake up and refresh skin or with your facial cleanser in the evening to thoroughly wash away the day’s dregs.

You can also use our turmeric-treated Konjac sponge to boost your glow as part of a home spa treatment. This simple do-it-yourself facial mask is inspired by the beauty rituals used for centuries in Southeast Asia. The mixture calls on turmeric to tone down any redness and irritation. The honey is a humectant and works to draw in moisture. And the lactic acid in the yogurt will also bat down redness while unhinging dead skin cells.

Here’s what you need:

● 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

● 1 teaspoon honey

● 1 teaspoon whole milk yogurt

Mix the ingredients and apply to clean dry skin.

Apply a thin layer of the mixture to your face and neck and allow it to dry up to 20 minutes.

Rinse and gently massage skin with our Konjac Facial Sponge to remove all final traces of the mask and give skin a final polish.

Follow with a toner best for your skin type.

Our Cucumber & Ginseng Facial Mist works well with this mask as a final soothing and balancing toner. Now bask in the glow!

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