Turmeric is a bright yellow spice used in many Indian, Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern dishes, but what many people dont know is that it belongs to the ginger family, and can be found locally here in Nigeria. it is also caled (atale) and its juice or powder, can be combined with yogurt, milk or olive oil, to give you a brilliant face mask.
Indian women use it as a skin brightener and it's common practice for Indian brides (and, apparently, their grooms) to smear a turmeric paste made of the powder on their skin to brighten their complexions for their wedding.
Warning: Turmeric powder can stain fair skin. The same properties that make yellow and dark skin glow can make pale-skinned women look yellow. However, the stain does fade away after a few hours.
what you need:
•1 tablespoons flour (used to thicken the paste)
•1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
•For oily skin: 1/4 cup plain yogurt & few drops of lemon juice
•For dry skin: 2 tablespoons olive oil, or coconut oil, maybe more
•A few drops of honey
Mix the flour and turmeric together.
If you have oily skin: Add lemon juice and stir. Slowly mix in the yogurt until a creamy paste is formed. Use more or less yogurt to your liking.
If you have dry skin: Add the oil slowly and stir until a paste is formed. Add more for more creaminess.
Apply mask to face and neck.
Leave the mask on for 30 minutes.
Using a warm, wet washcloth that you don't mind staining (turmeric will stain), rinse off the mask.
N:B i've started using this recipe and i am seeing positive results. I will also be trying out a lot more herbal skin therapies, so, stay tuned for more and of course pictures of how to's.