This Sunny Yellow Face Mask Harnesses a Seriously Powerful Ingredient

October 12, 2015
by Dana Poblete for Thrive Market
This Sunny Yellow Face Mask Harnesses a Seriously Powerful Ingredient

For thousands of years, Indian brides have traditionally used a special concoction from head to toe on the eve of their wedding to get skin glowing for their big day.

The sheer vibrancy of this liquid gold is almost enough to make a believer of anyone doubting the powers of this DIY face mask.

The key ingredient? Turmeric. Not only is it one of the healthiest—and tastiest—ingredients to incorporate into a diet, but it’s actually also got a brilliant place in skincare as well. High in antioxidants, it makes perfect sense that this ancient spice could slow cell damage, exfoliate, and act as an anti-aging antidote. With more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, turmeric can help soothe skin from acne, dryness, and even eczema and psoriasis.

For this time-honored and tested beauty mask, combine turmeric with two potent, also edible ingredients. Yogurt contains lactic acid that can dissolve dead skin cells, in addition to zinc, a known acne fighter. Raw honey is naturally anti-bacterial and contains beneficial enzymes and probiotics. This trifecta makes a face mask that’s a seriously obsession-worthy skin saver.

To get your skin looking sunshine bright, just mix these ingredients in a bowl:

1 teaspoon turmeric
3 tablespoons yogurt
A few drops of raw honey

Tie your hair back and put on an old throwaway T-shirt—turmeric can stain. Apply the mask directly onto the face, including the undereye—you want the brightening, tightening benefits there for sure. (But of course, be super careful to avoid direct contact with the eye.) The gorgeously golden hue of this mask will leave you breathless.

Concerned it might stain your skin? There's nothing to worry about—after leaving the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, gently scrub it off with a washcloth and the only visible glow should be your natural one. If a little color does linger, swipe it off with a witch hazel-infused cotton ball.

Still fearing the prospect of heading into work looking like a smiley face? Try the mask in the evening, and 12 hours should be plenty of time for skin to regenerate to the point of shedding off any residual color.

Wake up as radiant as a bride on her wedding day—for real.

Photo credit: Alicia Cho

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13 thoughts on “This Sunny Yellow Face Mask Harnesses a Seriously Powerful Ingredient”

  • Julie

    Never thought about using this as a mask, but I love the idea! Already used a mask on my face today but will try this the next time!

  • Jordan

    Thanks for the tip. Really want to try. Any vegan substitute for using yogurt?

    • thrivemarket

      Hi Jordan,

      You can use coconut milk , which has its own set of benefits! Just add a little bit of flour to thicken up the mixture if needed.

      To get the probiotic benefits, you can easily make your own vegan yogurt with this inexpensive kit .

    • thrivemarket

      Sorry Jordan, here are those product links:

    • amberwoodsanctuary
      amberwoodsanctuary October 16, 2015 at 4:50 am

      Honey also would not be appropriate for a vegan. What would be a substitute for it?

      • thrivemarket

        You're absolutely right, amberwoodsanctuary. So sorry for the oversight. The honey can be completely left out. The turmeric is really the key ingredient here.

      • Kimberly LeBlanc O'Gara
        Kimberly LeBlanc O'Gara October 16, 2015 at 1:01 pm

        Coconut oil instead of yogurt, leave the honey out. :)

    • Tanya Wright

      You're not eating the yoghurt so why would it be 'inappropriate'?? I've been a vegan for 67 of my 67 years and I use yoghurt w honey masks all the time.

  • Kathleen

    Kasturi Turmeric (curcuma aromatica) is non-staining.

  • Joan Camara

    I did this. I didn't have any yogurt (don't eat any dairy, except only organic) as I can't find organic yogurt, that doesn't have a certain chemical in it, that might be carcinogen, so I skipped that, and just replace the yogurt with raw, organic coconut oil. Oh, how smooth my skin was! I will be keeping this recipie for sure!

  • Marianela Pereyra
    Marianela Pereyra June 28, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Turmeric is great for rejuvenating skin. This is a great recipe. Thanks for sharing =)

  • Skin Plus

    In India they use a special turmeric for skincare known as Kasthuri Manjal which does not stain the skin. You can get it at amazon or in the Indian stores.

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