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:
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.
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!
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