What A DIY Turmeric And Honey Face Mask Can Do For Your Skin

Your skin is one of your most important assets, and it's not uncommon to spend a pretty penny on creams and masks that supposedly lighten and clear up your skin. It's easy to get caught up in the hype of the commercial cosmetic industry. Therefore, you might think you must invest in the latest and greatest face mask to help with your current discoloration or clear up inflammation and breakouts.  However, sometimes you don't need to go any further than your pantry to look radiant. Honey and turmeric are two of many natural ingredients that go beyond being useful in cooking to being excellent for your skin. 

Turmeric is a root plant commonly used in soups, marinades, and stews; however, it's also a well-known natural medicinal herb for arthritis, inflammation, wound healing, and digestive disorders that's been used throughout history, according to the National Library of Medicine. Those anti-inflammatory properties also make turmeric exceptional for dealing with breakouts and eczema. Combining it with honey's brightening qualities and exfoliating benefits makes using these ingredients in a face mask a one-two punch that will leave your skin glowing. 

To truly understand just how much turmeric and honey can improve your skin, it's important to learn about the benefits each one offers and see how to create a simple DIY turmeric and honey mask.

The benefits of a turmeric and honey face mask

You can easily brighten your skin by harnessing the benefits of turmeric and honey. First of all, turmeric is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory with several life-changing uses. According to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Purvisha Patel, turmeric is a "potent anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-neoplastic and antioxidant [that] combats free-radicals and free-radical damage (via Good Housekeeping). These medicinal qualities help turmeric to calm skin inflammation, lighten and brighten skin, soothe eczema, and improve acne. While turmeric has many beneficial attributes, you'll want to test it on your skin before applying it to make sure you don't have an adverse reaction.

Much like turmeric, honey on the skin is a natural remedy known to help heal acne scars and even your skin tone. This high-energy nectar created by bees is best used in its raw form on your skin because it contains healthy bacteria, according to Healthline. Additionally, honey works as a natural exfoliator and moisturizer that helps with dry, itchy skin. Much like turmeric, however, you'll want to be sure you don't have any allergies to honey. Since both turmeric and honey can be fantastic for your complexion, an easy way to reap the benefits is to use them in a face mask.

Create and apply a DIY turmeric and honey face mask

The benefits of honey and turmeric can't be denied, but you don't want to get all willy-nilly regarding the application. You might find several recipes on the internet with different honey-to-turmeric ratios, but the most common is two to three tablespoons of honey (Manuka honey is recommended) to one teaspoon of turmeric. You might also add a drop or two of milk to make it a bit more of a paste.

You must mix the concoction well before applying it to the face because you want the turmeric to be evenly dispersed throughout the face mask. Once everything is mixed well, use a mask applicator to apply an even layer to your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin; avoid the eye area. Additionally, applying a bit to your neck can harness the moisturizing power of this mask for that thinner skin. Leave the mask on for at least 10 minutes before washing it off with warm water. You can add some facial cleanser to remove the mask if the water isn't cutting it. 

While honey and turmeric can be great additions to your diet because of their medicinal qualities, they also have fantastic benefits for your skin, like lightening dark spots, treating acne, and soothing rashes or breakouts. Now that you know, it's time to head to your pantry and get creating!