I’ve been mixing things up lately.
It’s all because of the banana pancakes: they’ve inspired me. Yes, banana pancakes are my muse 🙂
So I’ve been adding turmeric to my morning warm lemon and cayenne pepper water. Now I drink warm lemon and cayenne pepper and turmeric and black pepper (because it increases the absorption of curcumin in turmeric by a whopping 400%!) water everyday when I wake up. It’s very orange and very yummy and very anti-inflammatory.
And really it’s only a matter of time before I try to put whatever new health food I’m into on my face. Because our skin is our body’s largest organ and we need to treat it right! … that and I’m always in the market for a new DIY.
Thus this DIY all-natural antioxidant turmeric face mask was born.
Turmeric’s potent antioxidant properties benefit the skin when applied topically just as they benefit the body when taken internally.
Our skin is under constant free radical assault during the day from UV rays and air pollution. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals (which is why it’s so important to get a lot of them in your diet!).
Turmeric also has a number of other benefits for the skin: it has been used in traditional medicine to lighten skin and eliminate dark spots and is a great antibacterial agent.
Mix all of the ingredients together into a consistent paste. Apply to clean, damp skin and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes. Then wash off and apply a moisturizer (like a nourishing face oil). And of course, admire your naturally beautiful skin while saying “I’m so clever!”
NOTE: Turmeric can temporarily stain the skin a yellowish hue. For this reason, I recommend applying the mask at night before bed. Your moisturizer will help to lift any remaining pigment.