A Beauty Mask With A Powerful Ingredient
I woke up this morning with a serious case of ugly-duckling syndrome. Hormone fluctuations, being sick, and breaking out due to food allergies will do that to a gal. What better day to make a beauty mask? I mean, it says “beauty” in the title, so that means I’ll finish feeling beautiful, right?
I decided to try this recipe because the author made it sound so awesome, and it’s only three ingredients. Based on my skin’s reaction though, I’m modifying the recipe. Before we get into all that, shall I wax poetic about the powerful ingredient that is supposed to make this beauty mask king and what convinced me to try it in the first place? Turmeric.
Apparently turmeric is high in antioxidants, can slow cell damage, exfoliate, and act as an anti-aging agent. Also, it has more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, so turmeric can help soothe skin from acne, dryness, and even eczema and psoriasis.
The other two ingredients — yogurt and honey — are also awesome. Yogurt contains lactic acid that can dissolve dead skin cells and has zinc, which is a known acne fighter. And honey, well, y’all already know I love honey.
Beauty Mask Recipe:
- Combine 1/2 tsp. turmeric
- 2 tbspn yogurt, which you made yourself, of course,
- And a few drops of raw honey
A note about the proportions. The original recipe calls for 3 tbspn of yogurt, but I found that to be waaaaay too much. Maybe because I make yogurt myself and it’s a little on the runny side. I don’t know. Play with the proportions if you like.
Tie your hair back and put on an old T-shirt because turmeric can stain. Apply the mask directly onto the face, including the under eye, but avoid direct eye contact.
Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and gently scrub off with water and a washcloth. If a little color does linger, use witch hazel on a cotton ball to wipe it off.
A word of caution: For some people turmeric can be an irritant. When I tried the original recipe using 3 tbsp yogurt and 1 tsp of turmeric, my face ended up looking blotchy, the complete opposite of what I was hoping for. After consulting with Go2 Dr. D, I tweaked the recipe, but it’s still possible turmeric will not be your skin’s friend. I suggest trying this mask when you don’t have to meet up with anyone immediately afterward, just in case. Let me know how it works for you.