Turmeric Benefits for Skin

While searching for foods to include in an in anti-inflammatory diet I was looking into to help keep breakouts at bay, it seemed that every article I laid eyes on included the spice turmeric on their list. It was something I’ve heard of before but only because I had a random jar of it sitting in my spice cabinet, in the very, very, back. Since learning the benefits of this age old spice it’s made it’s way to the front row and is something I try to toss in recipes and homemade masks often.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric, an ancient ayurvedic spice, is a well known staple in Indian cuisine but it’s capable of doing much more than making yummy meals. It’s actually an amazingly powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties (so acne sufferers listen up!), and has been found to cut the production of skin’s melanin which causes those pesky post-acne marks and uneven skin tone. And it doesn’t stop there, incorporating this into your skin care routine can smooth skin, even out wrinkles, and help skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Whether applied topically or ingested you can reap the benefits in multiple ways, including masks, creams, oils, pill form or sprinkling some on your food.


Turmeric Beauty Recipes

Word to the wise- wear an old tee shirt or something you don’t mind getting dirty because turmeric is known to stain a nice golden, yellow hue.

Mask for oily or acne prone skin:

  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder or Freshly Ground Turmeric Root
  • 2 tsp Rice Flour (Garbanzo or Chickpea could also be used)
  • 3 tbsp Plain Yogurt (I prefer Greek- you could also use milk as a substitute)
  • Optional: 1 tsp Raw Honey

Mix together in a bowl and slather on clean face for 15-20 mins. Rinse off gently, using small circular motions for maximum exfoliation benefits. The results are a smoother, more even complexion and less swelling and redness in acne. Use twice a week for about a month and you’ll be sure to see results.


Brightening Mask:

Even more simple than the last..

  • 1 tsp Turmeric Power or Freshly Ground Turmeric Root
  • Juice of 1 Lemon

Mix together in a bowl and leave on your face for 15-20 mins then gently rinse off. The results won’t be immediate but after consistent use you’ll start to see a brighter, more even skin tone. You could also add lemon juice into the recipe above.


As mentioned above you can always try a turmeric supplement or incorporate it into meals. I recommend it in curry, quinoa and rice dishes.


Have you tried and/or had any success w/ Turmeric beauty recipes?

  1. Interesting! I had no idea turmeric had so many skin benefits! I’ve never really used it, but now I certainly will!

    • Crazy how so many things you have in your home already can be beneficial to you in many different ways. Enjoy!

  2. I’ve tried turmeric and yogurt and turmeric + a lot of other things I can’t remember, lol. I hate the yellow tint but I think it does something positive for my skin. The effects are definitely not instant though.

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