Food for Your Face: Turmeric Face Mask

 When I saw that Heidi over at 101 Cookbooks was making labneh, and how simple it was, I made some too.  I removed mine from the strainer at the “very thick Greek yogurt” stage, and I’m excited to find good uses for it this week.

Use #1: turmeric face mask.

The world of natural remedies have been abuzz over turmeric for some time now.  It’s an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent, evens out skin pigmentation, and reduces the appearance of acne, among other things.  Some even speculate that the abundance of the spice in India’s diet leads to their lower rates of cancer in comparison with the Western world.  (Yes, this sounds like hokum to me, too.)  It is said that Indian brides used to smear turmeric paste over their entire bodies before their wedding to achieve glowing, supple skin. 

Now, all of this sounds nice, but does it work?  I’ve been making a face mask with yogurt, rice flour, and turmeric for a few months now, and it’s great stuff.  It leaves your skin soft and more even-toned.

Now the big question?  Will the turmeric dye your face?  Short answer: no.  Long answer: If you are especially pale-skinned, test a bit under your jaw.  I’ve noticed that the mask sometimes imparts a yellow pigment to the surface oils on your face–just use a mild face wash after rinsing off the mask and you should be good to go.


Turmeric Face Mask
Yields 1
This is an ad-lib recipe--add or subtract as your skin needs. Acne-prone skin? Add 1/4 tsp. of lemon juice. Skin need extra nourishment? Add 1/4 tsp. of raw honey. The grit of the rice flour adds an exfoliating boost here. Finally, gritty is good!
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  1. 1/8 tsp. turmeric powder
  2. 1/2 tsp. white rice flour
  3. 2 tsp. very thick plain yogurt
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a ramekin with a spoon.
  2. Wash your face, dry, and spread the mask in a thin layer over face and neck. Allow to dry over the course of 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with water, scrubbing in a gentle circular motion for a little exfoliation. Wash face again with a mild face wash if needed.
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