It helps heal and prevent dry skin, and to slow the skin aging process, and is used to diminish wrinkles, keep skin supple and improve skin’s elasticity. This sunny bright spice is also being used as an ingredient in sunscreens. It is used daily by East Indian women as a facial cleanser and exfoliant.
For a wrinkle reducer and skin brightener:
A mixture of goat's milk and turmeric is good for fine lines and wrinkles. Mix turmeric powder and rice powder with fresh goat's milk and tomato juice, enough to form a paste, and apply to face and neck for 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Facial cleanser for a glowing complexion:
Mix a pinch of turmeric with goats milk. Turmeric (a natural antiseptic) with goats milk is also good for poison ivy, eczema and psoriasis.
Face cleanser to exfoliate and brighten skin:
Mix chickpea (or rice) flour with turmeric powder in equal portions. To save time for future treatments, store the mixture in airtight bottle. Add raw, soy or goats milk (or yogurt) to a teaspoon of chickpea/turmeric powder to make a paste. Apply evenly to the face and leave on for about 10-15 minutes. Wash the mask off with warm water.
Facial hair reducer:
Mix turmeric powder with chickpea flour (which is also used so that your face does not get stained.) You can also mix the turmeric with a favorite facial scrub. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. If used regularly, you should see results in about a month.
Prepare a paste made from turmeric and goats milk or yogurt and apply it to your face. Allow the mask to dry and leave it on overnight. For a less messy nighttime regimen, you can add a pinch of turmeric to your favorite moisturizer or treatment product (Like our Virtuous Woman Revitalizing Night Cream). (In both cases, be sure to use an old pillowcase and bed linen that you don’t mind staining.) Wash off the mask in the morning using a gentle cleanser.
Turmeric powder is used for acne because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties that fight pimples and breakouts. It removes redness from acne and other types of scarring, reduces inflammation and evens out skin discolorations. Mix turmeric powder with plain water or coconut or sesame oil, and dab onto blemishes and acne scars. You can also mix a small amount of turmeric with lemon or cucumber juice (just a few drops to make a paste) and leave on the marks for 10-15 minutes.
Oily Skin Mask:
Turmeric powder is good for oily skin because it helps regulate the production of sebum, an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands. The orange juice provides fruit acid to clear blemishes and sandalwood is a natural astringent. Add about 1-½ tablespoons of sandalwood powder and a pinch of ground turmeric to 3 tablespoons of orange juice and apply the paste to the face. Leave on for about 10-15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.