Glowing Complexion

Healthier looking skin can be achieved with a balanced diet and hydration — but you can give it extra help with weekly homemade masks. Enjoy OHLALA’s DIY beauty tip for October.

Apopular spice in Eastern cuisine, turmeric is a flowering plant native to Southern India and Indonesia that has its roots used in many dishes. Known for its yellow/orange colour, strong aroma and bold flavour, this root has some incredible medicinal properties and has been used as a natural skincare ingredient since ancient times.

The beauty benefits of turmeric for your skin are anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce skin irritation and anti-bacterial characteristics, which act as a great ally to fight acne. The golden powder is also rich in antioxidants, preventing hyperpigmentation and scars while fighting free radicals and slowing down cell damage. And, as if it didn’t have enough qualities, it is also said to treat fine lines and wrinkles.

To take full advantage of turmeric’s attributes, some other ingredients can be added to create the perfect homemade facial mask. Whether you are looking for an improved complexion or want to treat specific needs, this rich powder will become your go-to ingredient on your spa days at home.

Turmeric Facial Mask
What you’ll need:
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 ½ tbsp honey
1 tsp milk or yoghurt

1. Mix the turmeric powder, apple cider vinegar, honey and milk or yoghurt in a small bowl. The idea is to create a paste-like consistency that will stick on your face without dripping.

2. Wash and dry your face to remove any impurities. Also, opt for an old T-shirt while undergoing your turmeric treatment, so you don’t get any of your favourite clothes stained.

3. Apply the mask using your fingers or a make-up brush, avoiding eye contact. 4. Allow the mask to sit on your face for 15 minutes. Rinse off the paste with warm water, and don’t get scared if your skin looks a bit yellow afterwards. If you are too pale, the turmeric might dye your complexion, but it will go away in a few hours or try to use cleansing oil to remove the yellowish tint.

PS: Dairy-based products such as milk and yoghurt help avoid turmeric leaving its colour on your complexion, so make sure it is added to your mask. However, if the treatment still stains, make a quick sugar and water scrub and apply it to your skin.

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