Cheers to brighter, glowing skin!
My love for turmeric began just over 5 years ago when I decided to stop eating meat. When I became a pescatarian I had to find ways to make my meals more flavorfull and turmeric was one of the spices that helped this. A few months later I was checking out a cooking blog where I noticed an interesting post on turmeric tea. At the time I had never heard of turmeric tea but I was already cooking with the super spice and figured it wouldn’t hurt to try something new. After discovering a super tea that helps to decrease inflammation in the body I immediately started searching the internet to find other ways to use this bright, yellow powder.
Well as it turns out, turmeric is not just a pretty spice that makes our food taste better but it can also be used on the face too. In fact, turmeric has been used for ages to encourage healing, brightening of the skin, treatment of acne and also used as a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. I tend to struggle with occasional breakouts and unfortunately I’m left behind with dark spots…oh the horror!!! But when I found this information out I went to my kitchen grabbed honey, lime and turmeric and started mixing. Ever since then I’ve been making my own turmeric masks, using it twice a week and also reaping the benefits of it. It really does brighten up your complexion!
Okay so I must admit that I do have my days when I feel lazy and I just can’t be bothered with the whole do-it-your self mask ordeal. Yes it’s pretty cool that you can create this mask all on your own using items you more than likely already have in your kitchen but when you have to make a fresh batch every few weeks it gets annoying too (that’s the lazy side of me saying this).
A friend of mine recently visited and while discussing our favorite skincare products she told me about a turmeric and lime mask she purchased at a store here in Jamaica! I immediately asked her if she had it with her and if I could try it out. My prayers were answered. The mask that I love so much was being sold right here in Jamaica. No more DIY turmeric mash for me haha!
This mask had even more ingredients than my mask and these additives made a world of a difference…
Tumeric Powder: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, skin brightening agent
Bentonite Clay: removes toxins and impurities from the skin, tighten and tones complexion.
Apricot Extract: smoothes and refreshes dry, mature skin
Lavender Essential Oil: calming effect on mind and body
Lime Essential Oil: natural astringent reputed to help balance the skin.
OBSESSED!!! I absolutely love this turmeric mask! I think adding bentonite clay to the ingredients really stepped my mask game up. Perhaps when I run out of this I’ll add some bentonite clay to my diy mix and see if it works just as well.
After cleaning my skin, I pull my hair back away from my face and I smooth the turmeric mask to my face, avoiding the eye area. I let it sit for 30 minutes or until the masks grows tight and begins to look flaky, then wash off with warm water. Another great thing about this mask, it’s not as bright in color as my DIY mask, so it doesn’t leave my skin looking yellow after rinsing either (think this has to do with the bentonite clay additive). The yellow stain my face gets when I used my DIY mask isn’t a permanent stain but skipping an entire step of gently scrubbing off a yellow tint is pretty awesome.
Tumeric has become quite popular in the health and beauty industry and for good reason too! I think this weekly step in my skincare routine has definitely improved my skins overall appearance and it’s a step I’ll be keeping in my routine for years to come. What are your thoughts on turmeric? Do you cook with, use it topically or perhaps both. Leave a comment below. If you are interested in my DIY version of this mask let me know and I’ll be more than happy to share this with you. Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥
Tumeric Mask was purchased at Earth Elements Store in Kingston, Jamaica. They also have an online website for those of you living outside Jamaica and are interested in all natural products: Click HERE.