by: Yuri Elkaim

Stacked jars of turmeric face mask

Tired of spending boatloads of money on expensive chemical-laden cosmetics that you’re not sure even work?

Instead of opening the bathroom cabinet (or your wallet) for your skin-care products, how about opening your spice cabinet instead?

You likely already know turmeric does wonders for health and has been used for centuries as medicine in Asian cultures. (For more on that, you can check out these 5 Reasons You Should Be Eating Turmeric.) 

But this bright yellow spice isn’t just good for your insides. It’s also a potent skin exfoliant that can fight inflammation and alleviate a variety of skin problems from acne to eczema.

High in antioxidants, turmeric has long been used to soften lines, ease redness, and rejuvenate skin. In fact, an ancient Asian bridal tradition features a beauty regimen that includes turmeric-laced paste, because of its marked ability to create clear, glowing skin.

Super Simple Turmeric Face Mask

Want to get in on the long-beloved benefits of this skin-friendly spice? 

Perhaps the easiest way to use turmeric is to create a simple, cooling face mask.

And when I say “easy” I really do mean it’s dead simple.

Overhead view of turmeric face mask ingredients

Chances are you’ve already got everything you need to give this natural remedy a try:

  • Turmeric – Of course.
  • Oatmeal – Full of saponins, oatmeal makes a great cleansing agent, even for sensitive skin. Look for gluten-free organic oats in the bulk aisle of most health food stores.
  • Yogurt – While I’m not a fan of dairy for the gut, the lactic acid in yogurt is great for your skin. It helps dissolve dead skin layers and will tighten your pores. Go for organic Greek yogurt for best results. 
  • Honey – A natural antibacterial to help fight actual, manuka honey will give your mask added antibacterial oomph.

Who Should Use This Mask?

Gentle enough for all skin types, most people – especially those with acne or eczema – can benefit from this mask.

I recommend using it 3 to 4 times the first week and then weekly afterward, depending on the needs of your skin. 

As with any natural remedy, it’s important to listen to your body.

If you show any signs of inflammation, allergic reaction, or otherwise, stop using this mask, 

Likewise, if your skin is responding positively to the mask, you can use it daily for up to 2 weeks. Then drop back to once a week for maintenance.

This recipe makes enough for one application – I recommend making it fresh every time. That being said, if for some reason you have to store it, it will keep as long as the yogurt stays fresh (check the yogurt package for the expiration date).

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The Glowing Skin Turmeric Face Mask
This 4-ingredient turmeric face mask is good for your skin in so many ways – battling acne, wrinkles, dryness, and more. Plus, it'll save you serious cash.
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  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Smooth over skin, rubbing gently to exfoliate, if desired.
  3. Allow mask to sit on skin for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Gently wash off with a warm, clean cloth.
  5. Splash face with cool water before patting dry and moisturizing.
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Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s most trusted health and fitness experts. A former pro soccer player turned NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet, his clear, science-backed advice has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 men and women and he’s on a mission to help 100 million people by 2040. Read his inspiring story, “From Soccer to Bed to No Hair on My Head” that started it all.

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