DIY Turmeric Glow Mask

For those of you who know me, you know that I am basically obsessed with turmeric. It is great for the body and great for the skin. In many parts of India turmeric is healing and ceremonial. Turmeric is traditionally used as an essential part of beauty routines. When applied to the skin as a paste or a face mask, it can help treat acne, eczema, rosacea and give the skin a glow.

 

The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of turmeric are both important to treat skin conditions. In acne, using facial masks can calm blemishes and heal the skin. For eczema, turmeric can reduce inflammation and redness. When rosacea sufferers use turmeric masks, it can reduce the tiny pimples and redness associated with flare ups. Regular use of turmeric masks can soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Turmeric root is packed with nutrients and beloved in India in cooking, however for centuries it has been used in wedding ceremonies as well. One of the most important ceremonies of an Indian wedding is the Haldi (or Uptan) ceremony, where the bride and groom prepare for their wedding by applying a traditional turmeric paste to their face and body.

 

Family Haldi recipes are traditional and can differ, but commonly it is a mixture of turmeric, sandlewood powder or some type of flour, rose water or water. The paste is then applied to the bride and the groom’s face, neck, hands and feet, by their relatives. This ceremony is also accompanied by traditional songs and dances and is a joyous pre-wedding ritual. It was a ceremony traditionally done separately but in current times, many bride and grooms like to perform this joyous occasion together.

Yellow is considered the color of success and prosperity by many in India. I can relate to that since the color yellow is my absolute favorite color. The auspiciousness of yellow often persuade the bride and groom to wear yellow clothes on their wedding day.

 

Turmeric is known to have properties that leave the skin fair and glowing. Additionally, regular use of turmeric masks can help eliminate fine facial hair. Turmeric can also exfoliate and detoxify the skin. The Haldi ceremony is like an in-home beautification process before the wedding. But we can mimic this tradition and get the benefits anytime.

My recipe is different than the Haldi recipe because it is meant for dry to normal skin, since many of us in Colorado need extra moisture. I have tried dozens of turmeric masks over the years and this one is my favorite.

How to Make a Turmeric Glow Mask:

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 tsp ground turmeric*
1/2 tsp grapeseed oil (or almond oil)
1/2 tsp honey
3 drops lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cleanse face, if needed
2. Apply a thin layer of turmeric mask all over face, avoiding brows and hairline
3. Wash hands immediately
4. Let sit for about 5 minute
5. Rinse face thoroughly (with a colored washcloth – not white)
6. Cleanse face
7. Proceed with your normal skin care routine

*Be careful not to get any of the mask mixture on countertops or clothing as turmeric can stain easily. It usually washes out, but just use caution.

Enjoy your at-home beauty routine for a beautiful glow!

I hope you love the turmeric mask. For more tips and DIY recipes, follow me at www.greeneyedgrace.com.

DIY Simple Nighttime Serum ~ For Mature or Dry Skin

French women are known for having beautiful skin and for good reason. They are taught to take good care of their skin at an early age. That usually does NOT include complicated skin care routines or products full of unnecessary ingredients.

In fact, French women love simplicity and PURE ingredients. They take their skin care products, routines and facial services very seriously. Additionally, they generally prefer facials vs. harsh treatments such as Botox, laser treatments or chemical peels. Isabelle Bellis, a French celebrity epidermatologist and owner of the Isabelle Bellis spa in New York, says, “French woman are obsessed with face massage to maintain a healthy glow, skin tissue health and relieve facial stress (which leads to problems of stress and elasticity).”

Reading about French (and European) skin care always warms my heart because these beautiful ladies are in love with skin care and choose facials over the many other services available. Mireille Guiliano, Author of French Women Don’t Get Facelifts, states “I’d rather have one facial a year than six manicures, because it’s almost like, if you take the analogy with the car, a yearly tune-up and you need it. It’s not an indulgence. The basic ritual in a French home is to clean your skin every night.”

Giuliano also believes in keeping it simple. I completely agree. Pure ingredients are best when it comes to skin care. If there were two things I could recommend to my clients, it would be to always wash your face at night and always put on a good serum before getting your beauty sleep, especially if you have dry or mature skin. One of my personal beauty secrets is applying a blend of pure oils every night before bed. Here is one of my favorite blends:

Simple Serum for Mature or Dry Skin

1 T Pure Argan Oil
1 T Pure Rosehip Seed Oil
5-8 Drops Pure Frankincense Essential Oil
3-5 Drops Pure Lavender Essential Oil

Mix the oils together and store in a 1 oz dark colored glass dropper bottle, like the one shown above. If you would like a good source to buy your ingredients, I prefer to purchase my ingredients online, such as Amazon or through Mountain Rose Herbs (www.mountainroseherbs.com). There are many great companies out there that offer high quality ingredients.

~Argan Oil is great for healing and protecting the skin. It also hydrates and absorbs nicely.

~Rosehip Seed Oil is a beneficial oil that hydrates the skin, heals scars and minimizes fine lines.

~Frankincense Essential Oil is perfect for balancing out skin tone and helps minimize fines lines. It is especially beneficial for mature skin and is very healing.

~Lavender Essential Oil is a calming scent that has amazing healing and detox properties. When applied to the skin, it can aid with hydration and repair, for all skin types.

After cleansing in the evening, apply about a half dropper of the Simple Serum to the center of your hands and rub hands together, spreading evenly. Apply the Simple Serum to your entire face and entire décolleté area. The great thing about this Serum is that it is so rich you do not even need a night cream! If you love simplicity, you will love this Serum. Since when using it you can get away with two products before bed – Cleanser and DIY Serum!

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