Turmeric face masks: benefits and recipes

Let these golden concoctions brighten up your skin

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Turmeric face masks have been used for centuries in Ayurveda to clear the skin and restore its glowing looks. The potential of this curry spice is now turning it into a trend among those looking to improve their skin complexion using natural ingredients and many are falling in love with these yellow glowing masks.

Turmeric face masks: 5 DIY recipes to try out

If you want to get on the train of the turmeric face masks, you can find below 5 recipes for you to try out.

Caution: turmeric can stain the skin and leave it with a yellowish tint. This coloring will disappear eventually, but perhaps it is best to not try any of these turmeric face masks right before a big event or a date.


Turmeric and honey face mask

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Honey and turmeric have both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. When combined with the lactic acid from the milk, these ingredients help to clear the skin from irritants, thus reducing blemishes and also clearing pimples and acne.


  • 1 1/2 tbsp. of honey;
  • 1/2 tbsp. of whole milk;
  • 1 tsp. of turmeric.



Combine all the ingredients in a bowl until getting a slightly thick paste. Apply the mask to the face using a brush.

Let it sit for 20 minutes before removing it with warm water.

All-in-one mask

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This mask follows the same three-ingredient base of most turmeric face masks: this spice, honey and lactic acid (yogurt). Together they provide an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effect that clears the skin from any irritations and blemishes.


Honey is also very nourishing and moisturizing, leaving the skin feeling smoother and brighter while purifying it.

The apple cider vinegar is astringent and will help to balance the skin oils. It is also good to treat acne and pimples.


  • 1 tsp. of Greek yogurt, unsweetened;
  • 1/2 tsp. of honey;
  • 1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder;
  • A few drops of apple cider vinegar.


Combine the ingredients in a bowl until well mixed. Cleanse and dry your face and apply the mask with a brush. Avoid the area around the eyes.

Let it sit for 15 minutes and removes with warm water.


Moisturizing mask for oily skin

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This recipe is very similar to the previous one, with the lemon replacing the apple cider vinegar but maintaining the same purpose.

The main difference is in the use of flour or cornstarch that help to absorb the oil excess from the skin without drying it or removing other nutrients in the process.


  • 2 tbsp. of flour or cornstarch;
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder;
  • 2-3 drops of raw honey or Manuka honey;
  • 1/4 cup of yogurt, plain and unsweetened;
  • 4 drops of lemon juice.


Stir the flour and the turmeric powder together in a dry bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and combine until forming a thick paste.

Apply the mask and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.


Remove with warm water and a wet washcloth.

Glowing face mask

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Lemon juice has a high content of vitamin C, which inhibits the production of melanin and brightens the skin. The Manuka honey is more nutritive than regular varieties and it deeply nourishes the skin to leave it smoother and stronger.

Together with the turmeric powder and the lemon, this honey also helps to clear inflammations and irritations.


Oats are also moisturizing but, in this case, their main role is that of a gentle exfoliator that enhances the absorption of the face mask.


  • 3 tbsp. of rolled oats;
  • 1 tbsp. of Manuka honey;
  • 1/2 of turmeric powder;
  • 1 lemon juice, freshly squeezed.

Combine all the ingredients very well in a dry bowl. Apply the mask to a clean and dry face. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.


Remove with warm water and a washcloth.

Mask for a clear skin

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Gram or chickpea flour helps to control the secretion of oils and absorb their excess, leaving the skin clearer but not dry. It also works as a gentle exfoliator to remove dead skin, debris and other impurities from the pores.

The turmeric powder and the rose water have both anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that help stabilize the skin after the flour effect.



  1. 1 tbsp. of turmeric powder;
  2. 2 tbsp. of gram flour;
  3. 2 tbsp. of rose water.


Mix all the ingredients in a dry bowl until achieving a lightweight paste. Cleanse the skin with a mild cleanser and apply the mask. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.


Remove with cold water. Pat dry the skin.

How to use 

Never apply any turmeric face masks on the skin around the eyes. This area is very sensitive, more prone to become irritated and also more easily stained.

Also, never let the mask sit for more than 20 minutes. This is enough time for its properties to work and leave it in for longer increases the chances of staining. If you’re using your hands to apply the mask, remember to wear gloves or it will be very hard to remove the yellow-orange stains from your mani.


Some people apply turmeric face masks every day without any problem. However, the recommended recurrence if of 2 to 3 times per week to reduce the risk of staining.

Benefits of turmeric for the skin

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Turmeric is the central ingredient in these masks thanks to the powerful properties of curcumin, the antioxidant that gives it its bright yellow color. Several scientific studies have already produced indications of the benefits of curcumin and turmeric for the skin, proving that these masks are indeed effective.


Curcumin presents important anti-inflammatory effects. Not only does it help soothe any skin irritations, but it also speeds up the recovery time of wounds, scar tissue formation, and even the regeneration of the skin due to sunburn.


Wound healing

According to a 2007 study, curcumin can enhance wound healing while, simultaneously, offering anti-inflammatory and antioxidant protection to the skin.

This double effect of protection and healing also translates into a better deposition of collagen and increased fibroblast density, which contributes to the delay of aging signs.

Skin disorders

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Due to its anti-inflammatory effect, turmeric can help treat several skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, scleroderma and acne.



Inflammations strain the skin and exert pressure over its resources, leading to early aging signs. Turmeric can then help delay the appearance of these signs due to the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin.

Furthermore, it is also rich in antioxidants that prevent the damages caused by free radicals to healthy cells.

What to expect

Check out the video below to see a similar recipe to the first here presented being put into action.


Even if you don’t follow the same quantities from the video to create your own mask, it will be useful to check the texture, the way it spreads in the skin and, most importantly, how to remove it properly to avoid any yellow stains.

Written by Catarina Alves

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