Ayurvedic Facial: The Turmeric Mask
Ayurveda is an ancient health and wellness system from India that dates back over 5,000 years. This system is based on holistic, whole body, mind, and spiritual health, that encompasses every aspect of life. There are countless ayurvedic remedies for every imaginable ailment, and more and more often, these remedies are acknowledged in the West as beneficial (especially when Western, pharmaceutical medicine doesn’t work). However, it’s not just when Western medicine fails that ayurvedic remedies should be sought. Ayurveda is a wonderful complement to any lifestyle and can provide natural treatments for body and mind.
One of the most useful, and magical, spices used in Ayurveda (and now worldwide) is turmeric. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin which has been found to have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, digestive, and stimulant properties with applications for many diseases. Researchers today are still discovering new applications for this plant, which has been widely used in medicine in Ayurveda, as one of many Ayurvedic healing foods, for thousands of years.
Besides being used in Ayurvedic healing foods and Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is used for some cosmetic purposes. Today, trends surrounding turmeric include it’s use in “Golden Milk” and as a facial mask (Ayurvedic wedding mask/ Indian Bridal Glow Mask).
As a component of a mask, turmeric can soften skin, reduce swelling (it is an anti-inflammatory), diminish wrinkles, and help get rid of acne. Add that with the drying components of rice flour (another ingredient), and you have a homemade mask that can help soak up extra oil. Clear skin here you come!
Making Your Own Ayurvedic Facial
To make this mask you will need:
- 1 tsp Turmeric powder
- 2 tsp rice flour (or any kind of flour)
- 1 tsp olive, coconut, or almond oil
- milk for extra moisture
Mix the turmeric, flour, and oil together in a bowl. Add a little bit of milk until it makes a thick paste.
Now, apply the paste to a clean face. Leave the paste on your face for 20 minutes or until it’s hard. Wash your face with warm water and pat your face dry with a towel. Moisturize as usual.
You can store the extra in the fridge for up to a week.
*Turmeric can stain so wear something you don’t mind staining while doing this mask. Also, don’t be concerned if your face seems to be a tinge yellower than usual after doing this mask. The color will go away! Consider doing the mask in the evening when you can enjoy the benefits of the mask, and not worry about turmeric left on your skin.
This Ayurvedic facial mask is typically used by brides before their wedding for glowing wedding skin. Use this wonderful recipe to add some glow to your skin any day of the year!