Turmeric an age old remedy in India for not only used in traditional ceremonies and for healing the body from several common healthy conditions, but also for beautifying their skin so it can be clear from blemishes, discoloration, blackheads and signs of aging. In fact, I use turmeric myself in my homemade turmeric clay mask that helps rejuvenate my skin naturally while ridding blackheads and any blemishes I might have. The mask is easy to make and luxurious and nourishing to use, but first lets discus what turmeric is and where it comes from.
What is turmeric and where does it come from?
Turmeric is an herb belonging to the ginger family and it is mainly harvested for there rhizomes, which are then boiled in a large pot and baked in a very hot oven until it is dried out so it can be grounded into a fine spice we know as turmeric. This healing and beautifying spice is mainly harvested and created in India where it has been used since ancient times as Ayurvedic Medicine, which means traditional medicine.
What ingredients are used in the turmeric clay facial mask?
The ingredients I use in my turmeric clay facial mask are a tablespoon of organic ground turmeric spice, a forth cup of French clay powder and two tablespoons of pure organic aloe juice. The ingredients can be easily located at your local herbal or whole food shops and even your grocery stores in the organic or whole food isles.
How is the turmeric clay facial mask made?
The way I make my turmeric clay facial mask is by carefully measuring out my ingredients and placing them into a small ceramic dish. Then I combined them together with a spoon until I get a creamy yellow clay mask that is silky smooth and thick in texture with a warm spicy turmeric scent. However, sometimes depending on the clay I tend to need to adjust the clay powder or aloe juice in the facial mask mixture to help thicken it up or loosen it up a bit, so it is easy to apply to the skin. Once the mask is made it should not be too runny or too thick you cannot apply it to the skin, but just fluffy creamy and slightly thick.
How do I apply the turmeric clay facial mask?
The first thing I do before applying any kind of facial mask to my skin whether it be the turmeric clay mask or any other kind is wash and exfoliate my skin well. This allows the clean skin to absorb the nutrients from the mask better so the skin and face can be rejuvenated properly. Then, I apply the mask using a large clean cosmetic brush until I have a thick nice even layer of the mask on my skin. After, I leave the mask on for about ten to fifteen minutes, or until the mask is dry, tight and cracking. Next, I take a warm wet cloth, wipe the mask off, and rinse my skin down with warm water. Once the mask is off, I wipe my face down with an herbal tea such as green tea to help purify and cleanse away any impurities that may have been left behind, which is usually not likely. The green tea also helps soothes the skin while providing it with antioxidants that help fight signs of aging. After, I take an organic vitamin E cream or aloe cream and massage it into my skin. Once all those steps are completed, my skin is left rejuvenated and youthful with a brightness that looks beautiful.
What are the benefits of using a turmeric clay facial mask?
The benefits of using a turmeric clay facial mask are endless I have found. Before I even tried my turmeric clay facial mask, my skin was dull, dry, flaky and filled with blemishes, blackheads and some discoloration from acne scars. After using the turmeric clay facial mask I created for my skin a half dozen times, my skin was softer and brighter with an even complexion that was practically blemish free and scar free, which has been lovely for me. I also have noticed it has toned and firmed up my skin as well. My old friend even uses the mask a few times per week and says it has done wonders with reversing sun damage and age spots as well as reducing her fine wrinkles around the corners of her eyes and lips. Now, I typically use this mask once a week to help keep my skin looking and feeling good naturally, but everyone’s skin is different so you may find using this mask twice a week is better for you or even three to four times per week.
Are there any precautions to take while using the turmeric clay facial mask?
Yes, there are a few precautions to take while using the turmeric clay facial mask. First precaution to be aware of is the turmeric can stain the skin a yellow tint slightly, but this can easily by fixed by rinsing and washing the face down with a good organic facial cleanser. Secondly, turmeric can cause some irritations to the skin so if you find your skin is becoming irritated stop using it immediately. Thirdly, some people have been known to be allergic to turmeric. If you are unsure whether or not your are allergic to turmeric it is best to talk to your doctor first before using it for skincare purposes, or simply stay away from it. However, I have not experienced any side effects from my turmeric clay facial mask and neither have my love ones so I have those of you who try it do not either.