Get Glowing Skin with Turmeric Mask

I’m always amazed at how good it feels to pamper your skin. This discovery was followed shortly by the realization that I can’t afford salon facials – or fancy beauty products! Whether it’s using Kool-Aid to brighten blonde, making your own rose petal body oil, or making a turmeric mask for skincare I’m all about easy, budget-friendly ideas for looking your best. First up, a glowing skin turmeric face mask!

Glowing Skin Turmeric Mask “Secret Beauty Weapon”

I read recently that actress Thandie Newton recently called turmeric her “secret beauty weapon.” Isn’t that just for curry? Nope!

Not only does this spice have amazing healing properties (my mom is taking it as a supplement because there is evidence it kills cancer cells) but it’s also a great beauty product. Turns out Indian brides have long used turmeric as a head-to-toe body scrub and face mask to brighten skin before their weddings.

DIY Turmeric Mask Recipe Turmeric beauty benefits

  • Turmeric is high in antioxidants that slow down cell damage.
  • It’s widely used as a skin exfoliant and improves skin’s texture.
  • It helps with inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, dry skin, psoriasis and eczema.
  • It helps reduce pigmentation and even out the skin tone.
  • It is also said to diminish wrinkles.

DIY Turmeric Mask

DIY Turmeric Face Mask Recipe Make your own turmeric face mask

1. Mix flour, turmeric, honey and milk to make a paste

  • 2 tablespoons of flour. You can use regular flour, rice flour or ground oats if your skin is dry.
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons milk. You can also use yogurt to fight acne.
  • A few drops of honey

2. Apply a thin layer to your face and let it dry for 20 minutes

3. Rinse off in the shower, scrubbing gently to remove.

4. Apply your favorite moisturizer.

Will it stain my face?

Lots of folks worried that the Kool-Aid would turn their hair purple, so I want to assure you that this won’t turn your face yellow or orange. But I definitely recommend a thin layer – the more you pile on the greater your chances of staining, especially on your neck where skin is thinner. I noticed some staining on my hands but it came off easily. You can always wash your face again after showering.

Your kids/husband might find this mask a little disconcerting so it’s also a good idea to do this when you have some alone time! I was going to take a picture with it on, but it was just too frightening.

P.S. Here are our 5 favorite turmeric recipes for beauty! Have fun and enjoy your glow!


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  1. Corinne says

    Does anyone have any weekly pictures while doing the Turrmeric mask? I have dark sots from acne and I have tried everything to get rid of them. I want to try this mask but I have not seen any before pictures and during pictures to see any results on people who have done this mask.

  2. robi says

    my full body little white as i born but now my face becoming more black.and its long time. some times i don’t recognise my self. will this turmeric will help me?

  3. Anna says

    Im just wondering before i try this mask out, does it remove hair/prevent hair from growing? because i have thick eyebrows and usually when i use a face mask i put it around the eyebrows and sometimes near the eyebrows

  4. Neha Singh says

    Hey Stephanie….!!! Its really wonderful to read your article as you have mentioned about Indians love for turmeric.
    Its true that we have this spice in our daily meal plan. From breakfast to dinner its been added in our every dishes.
    Its really a wonderful beauty product. Whether a teenager or an adult .. we have this face mask in our beauty regime.
    Though I would like to mention only a pinch of turmeric should be added otherwise your face can look yellow in color. Also after using turmeric mask one should not go out in sun directly as it would cause tanning. So Please use scarf or an umbrella and a sunscreen too. But what I’ve read and seen white people do love a little bit of tanning so I don’t think its a big deal for them.
    I’m really a great fan of ur site. I’ve been a silent reader, and this one is my 1st comment.

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  6. says

    Does it need to be milk? I don’t drink milk, so I’d rather not have to buy it just for these 3 tbsp. Would almond milk or just water work pretty well the same?

  7. Caitlin Kuhe says

    I just have a quick question about the mask…I’m noticing a lot of DIY facial mask recipe always make way more than covers my face. Before I go ahead and mix these ingredient quantities up, could you let me know: can I keep leftovers in fridge (and for how long)?

    • says

      I usually have the same problem- my face is covered, but I still have a lot left. Not sure if you can store it (would think that it is safe to keep it in a fridge overnight, and then use it up the next day). When I end up with more than I need, I smear the rest on my neck, chest and hands. And if I like the mask a lot, I make sure to use lesser quantities next time :)

      • says

        You can store turmeric paste for as long as you want. I have been using mine for two weeks and I still have more left.
        My mixture is a combination turmeric, saffron, sandalwood and honey.
        I am a lifestyle blogger at

  8. Lucinda says

    I made this mask with crushed oats and omitted the honey and it is simply AMAZING!! I’ve used it for 5 days and my skin is smoother, brighter and I have not had a breakout! My skin is the best it’s ever been! Finally something works for me! LOVE IT!!!!

  9. Veronica says

    Read many comments about eczema. Mom had it so bad her hands would go hard crack and bleed. It was horrible. She tried the simplest thing and it worked! 2 nettle teas for3 days in a row….and it disappeared! !!

  10. Mitch Dewyze says

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  11. Charlene says

    I tried this last night!!! It was awesome! It did stain my hands after I put it on but a couple of washes and it was gone.

    I was scared I would be orange/yellow (I have brown caramel colored skin) since I’m putting it on for a longer period of time. But amazingly, there were no stains!

    My skin was glowing and I had a big pimple that hurt and the next morning it’s practically almost gone! I think I’ll be using this every other day and I hope it doesn’t irritate my skin. The mask feels soooo good, too. The smell can be a pit overpowering but you’ll get over it.

    Try it, girls!

  12. Lynn says

    Hi everyone. I use Tumeric for my face but also to brush my teeth! The tumeric washes off skin pretty easily but may seriously stain your fingernails. I wear plastic surgical gloves to protect my nails as I tend to keep them natural and don’t want to look like a nicotine fiend. I sometimes add a bit of Almond Oil (organic, first pressed) to the mask as I have dry skin.

    I also mix a dab of tumeric (1 teaspoon) with a few drops of warm water (I add it a bit at a time using the same spoon) to make a paste and use an old toothbrush (it will STAIN) with soft brushes to just brush the tumeric on my teeth. It whitens wonderful, is non abrasive, doesn’t really taste like anything, helps heal any mouth ulcers or cuts faster and is CHEAP. I buy the tumeric in bulk and keep it in a pretty air tight jar. I use it a few times a week in the evening because I have more time then as you want to brush for about 4 mins (usually the time it takes to use up the little mixture in bits at a time) and any yellow tinge is gone by morning. Spitting in your sink makes a mess so I have a little pretty basket type tray that includes some cleaner and sponge just for this cleanup and holds all my “beauty” tumeric collection together. I just get out the tray which has everything I need and then put it all away all tidy. Quite simple really.

    And here is another treat I learned from an Asian friend…buy yourself pretty little bowls and towels JUST for your beauty treatments (I use darker towels so I don’t have to worry about stains) – they are so zen and spa and make you feel like you are femme pampered and special. I got some inexpensive ones in Chinatown but I am sure you can use whatever speaks to you.

  13. liz says

    Hi I’ve just started taking turmeric(with curcuminoids) capsules for ulcerative colitis. Its anti-inflammatory properties have made a HUGE difference as my medication wasn’t cutting it and I would have had to take steroids. The effect was immediate and I’ve even reduced the meds. I accidently bought plain turmeric capsules which u can get for $25 but they go a long way (they have a much lower curcumin component but are perfect for skin) and have been breaking 3 open and mixing them with a few drops of milk to make a paste for a mask and leaving it on for about an hr.
    So far it exfoliates, has reduced acne visibly straight away (due to its antibacterial properties) and reduced redness and oiliness and didn’t stain my skin . I researched it extensively before taking it and using it as a mask, it also reduces pigmentation and smooths wrinkles but this isn’t obvious yet (I’ve only done 2 masks) Please try this !

  14. Ruvimbo says

    I am 23 years old,a black female,my mom told me to try it but wanted to research about it first. first time I am trying it today but instead of milk I used warm water (student budget)… Hopefully the results will be great!

    • portable says

      its lovely with soy milk! I tried it just once and I could see my skin felt much better as I was having all sorts of irritations on my face.I am now totally hooked.

  15. Nina Kurumaloo says

    I have Eczema on my face and have recently tried the Turmeric, rice flour, yoghurt and honey mixture paste. I hope it works as the flare up is on my chin, forehead and grey patch on my nose.
    There seem to be no permanent cure for Eczema.
    I hope for the best!


  16. says

    I’ve found that ingesting cow dairy products make my skin break out. Since I’ve stopped, by skin has improved by leaps and bounds. So I wonder if having milk on my skin would make me experience the same results…

    Since I’ve been replacing all cow dairy with almond (milk products), goat yogurt (only when I need yogurt in a recipe), or raw cashews (sour cream), I wonder if I’d be okay using almond milk in place of milk in this recipe. Has anyone tried it that way?

  17. mica says

    hello is this mask help to remove blackheads?
    because I have a lot of blackheads on my nose

    please reply
    thank you

  18. says

    Hello all,

    I am really interested by the above blog about the Turmeric Face mask. I just wondered if anybody has used the face mask and found it worked to clear up their Acne? If so I am currently working on a brand new TV show and would love to hear from you.

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  19. maggie says

    Hey, so I tried this and liked it but I cant figure out how to store it in between uses.
    If I put it in the fridge it gets so hard I can’t use it and I’m afraid it will spoil or get rotten or something if I leave it out.

    • sakina says

      when u take it out of the fridge just add a few warm water drops or milk until it becomes the consistency as when you first used it

    • candice says

      tumeric sometimes goes by the name of ‘saffron’ or ‘indian saffron’ . jus make sure it’s that bright yellow colour and you could also check the ingredients..

      • Ashley says

        This is NOT true. The only thing saffron has in common with turmeric is it’s colour. Where on earth did you hear that?

    • Jacqui says

      No, haldi IS turmeric, so if you take that out, the face mask isn’t the same thing. Sandalwood is an oil – not sure whether that would be a bit harsh on the skin?

  20. Jassimo says

    An easy way to take the stain off the skin is to massage some oil on the face, and wipe it off. I use facial deep cleansing massage balm made out of plant oils and essential oil, but I think other oils or vaseline work too. it does stain my towel, and when I add some detergent on it, my towel turns pinky purple LOL. This works wonders and I won’t care less about the stain.

  21. shabnam feroz says

    Heard that the secret behind aishawaria rai beauty is red sandle wood powder with turmeric and milk that she uses when ever she get time.

  22. danielle says

    i have been taking tumeric for a month now for arthritis. i was taking an abundance of naproxen. i have not had to take naproxen in a month! i notice the antiinflamitory properties after the first time i took it. i highly recomend anyone to try it!

    • KILAPH says

      A major university-based cancer center is using turmeric as a replacement for Celebrex in their compromised patients. It is much less harsh on one vs NSAIDs like naproxen, ibuprofen, etc For validation, you can probably keyword-a-bit and find out which university it is. Hint: in SW-USA and it has a simply marvelous reputation. Good luck.

    • Jacqui says

      I started to take turmeric milk when I had a bad cough-mine vanished in a couple of days. My neighbour got the same cough, but he just took cough mixture from the chemist and he ended up with a very bad chest infection, then on antibiotics!

      I now make mine with coconut milk, black pepper (you need the piperine in the pepper to bring out the efficacy of the turmeric), and 1 tablespoon of honey. I also add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Simmer for 2 minutes – very important. It is delicious and really works on inflammatory conditions. I have asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

      Didn’t think of using it as a face mask, though.

  23. says

    Is turmeric powder to be applied only for females or even male can follow these procedure?
    Can some one give me the precising answer, Please?

  24. Maya says

    Pleaaaase help !
    The Turmeric that removes pigmentation , is that the same one that we use in the food , I heard that there is another one specialy for the skin ! I want to try but confused here ;-( !

    Can someone help ?


    • Ravi says

      You can apply once in a day, affect can be seen very slowly,
      I had been using chemical gels etc( prescibed by the doctor). But that made by skin worse.
      But now i am using Turmeric and sandalwood mix (natural product, not powder) everyday.
      It’s almost 3 weeks since i started using this. Now almost all(80%) acne’s gone and marks are also diminising.

      Procedure :
      1. Make paste of Sandalwood(or powder)
      2. Make paste of turmeric(or powder)
      3. Add water to make a paste which can be applied(adhere) to your face easily.
      4. Wash ur face with clean water/mild hot water.
      5. Apply a little paste on to ur face
      6. Scrub it.
      7. Now apply entire paste across ur face.
      8. Leave it for 1 hour.
      9. After 50 mins apply little water again on dried parts of ur face(or entire face).
      10. After 10 mins apply water and scrub gently for 2 to 3 mins.
      11. Wash ur face with clean cold/normal water(not hot).

      Continue this process everyday, u ll see the result after few weeks(probably 3 to 4 weeks)
      continue there after.All the best.

  25. Jill says

    Just wanted to say I tried this because I heard it helped with psoriasis (which I have on my face) and it worked wonders! I highly recommend it. Reduced it about 90% for almost a week. Also made my face super soft.

    I used (old) goat kefir because I didn’t have any milk so I don’t know of if this made a difference. Also this recipe also makes quite a lot. Enough for three masks if not more.

    • Jassimo says

      yes, I have tried turmeric mask for a few days now, it does calm the flare up of psoriasis … it will take a bit longer to clear up completely, but the improvement is quite significant. I also started taking half of a table spoon of turmeric with homemade soy drink with soy and black beans everyday, read this recipe from a German aromatherapist and scientist, Ruth Von Braunschweig. It helps to readjust your immune system and good for the brain, skin and hair.

    • Ravi says

      You can apply once in a day, affect can be seen very slowly, I had been using chemical gels etc( prescibed by the doctor). But that made by skin worse. But now i am using Turmeric and sandalwood mix (natural product, not powder) everyday. It’s almost 3 weeks since i started using this. Now almost all(80%) acne’s gone and marks are also diminising.

      Procedure :
      1. Make paste of Sandalwood(or powder)
      2. Make paste of turmeric(or powder)
      3. Add water to make a paste which can be applied(adhere) to your face easily.
      4. Wash ur face with clean water/mild hot water.
      5. Apply a little paste on to ur face
      6. Scrub it.
      7. Now apply entire paste across ur face.
      8. Leave it for 1 hour.
      9. After 50 mins apply little water again on dried parts of ur face(or entire face).
      10. After 10 mins apply water and scrub gently for 2 to 3 mins.
      11. Wash ur face with clean cold/normal water(not hot).

      Continue this process everyday, u ll see the result after few weeks(probably 3 to 4 weeks) continue there after.All the best.

  26. says

    Great post.

    Turmeric has some amazing properties but I find it rather pungent. I prefer to use Thai herbs which are also powerful but much milder on the skin. Lemongrass works great for all types of skin while tamarind is good for oily conditions.

    p.s What a great idea, ‘simple beauty’. It’s something we use more of.

    • carmen says

      those dark spots on your legs are something called keratosis pilaris, if you don’t know about that already, i don’t think turmeric would work, it’s difficult to get rid of but people have managed to, right now I’m trying coconut oil as a moisturiser which is supposed to work really well.

      • Lisa says

        Carmen, Keratosis Pilaris is not brown spots. Those are probably “old age spots” they appear on people of all ages. Keratosis Pilaris (as defined by the Mayo Clinic): Keratosis pilaris (ker-uh-TOE-sis pih-LAIR-is) is a common skin condition that causes rough patches and small, acne-like bumps, usually on the arms, thighs, cheeks and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris bumps are usually white, sometimes red, and generally don’t hurt or itch. I have it and they are not dark spots…

    • Dana says

      Did it work on your hands Maryann? I have the worst eczema and it’s only on my hands and forearms. I feel like I have tried everything, but I haven’t tried turmeric! I’m willing to give it a shot.

      • monica says

        I make a lotion bar that is absolutely the best for psoriasis. Equal parts bee’s wax, coconut oil and Shea butter. Melt in double boiler 1st wax- 2nd butter – then add oil and pour into bars. ( I use muffin tins or ice cube trays.) Let sit 20 minutes, then into freezer for half hour. They pop right out of the trays. Use every time you think about it for the first 3 days then 3-4 times a day until your skin is healed.

  27. Monica says

    Hello! I would love to try this! Will I be able to refrigerate the left over? Thanks for sharing this!

    • Jennifer says

      Hi Monica,

      Yes you can refrigerate it, but don’t leave it to long…I refrigerate mind and use after 2 to 3 days…

      • Robin says

        You really shouldn’t have a “shelf life” problem with either shea butter, beeswax or coconut oil, as all three have a relatively long shelf life.
        Mixing the coconut oil (shortest expiration: 6 months) with the shea butter (longest expiration: 15 months) should increase the life of the oil.

  28. Emmi says

    Thanks for sharing! My mom and dad both take a teaspoon of turmeric a day to prevent cancer–they must have heard the same thing your mom did. However, it’s disconcerting to talk to them afterwards because it stains their mouths yellow. I never knew you could use it on your skin–i’ll have to try this!

  29. says

    This sounds great! I’ve tried another version that may considered Ayurvedic, its works nicely too.

    Try using yellow dahl (lentils) and grind them, in a food processor or blender, into a powder. Mix 1 part turmeric to 2 parts dahl powder. I keep it in a glass jar. I add a few drops of water to teaspoon of the mixture to create a paste and use as an exfoliant for my face and body. I love it!

    I can’t wait to try your recipe. Ciao!

  30. says

    Thanks for the info’s Staphanie. You are so smart. I always learn something from you. Keep up the good work. I will share your link on my facebook wall and my twitter page.

  31. says

    Wow! I definitely have to try this recipe. I’m always making my own DIY beauty treats, but I’ve never tried adding turmeric to one of my face mask recipes before. It’s totally intriguing, but I’m a little leery about the potential mustard look. But if you say it doesn’t stain, I’ll give it go. Thanks for sharing!

    Peace. ;)

  32. says

    Could turmeric possibly be the miracle spice?! Wow! Who knew??!! Love this so much I will definitely try this…we only keep almond milk in the house- do you think that is a fine milk sub for this? I need to be a glowing bride!!! XO brynn
    p.s. I am so excited that you may want to join the color collective series! I will email you with some details and the upcoming colors!

  33. says

    haha thanks for the warning at the end because I could so see me being one of those people who piled it on and then had to return to work with a stained face! LOL

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