18 January 2013

A Yogic Beautiful Skin Secret

Living in an Indian community, I learned many health and beauty secrets just by using herbs and spices. One of the most powerful spice is turmeric. Turmeric is a bright yellow spice used in eastern dishes. It's what gives Indian food that beautiful golden color.

But what many women don't know is that combining turmeric with yogurt, milk or olive oil, they can make an inexpensive, effective face mask.

Here's a nice little recipe that you can use routinely for glowing beautiful skin.

Beware, turmeric powder can stain fair skin and clothes. When preparing the powder, try to keep it contained with no spillage. If you are fair, like me, your skin will initially look sallow after you remove the mask. But, trust me, the stain will fade away after a few hours.

My Recipe for Glowing Skin:

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • For oily skin: 1/4 cup plain yogurt, few drops of lemon juice
  • For dry skin: 2 tablespoons olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil, maybe more
  • Some drops of honey


Mix the turmeric in a small glass bowl. Should I mention again, turmeric stains:
According to your skin type use either yogurt or oil:
  • 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 15-20 minutes. Relax. Let the muscles in your face relax.
After the time is up, use a wet warm gentle washcloth that you don't mind staining, gently rinse off the mask. I use baby washcloths and towels for my face.
Splash your face with cold water to give it an extra glow.
Glowing skin requires proper care, cleaning, and feeding. Feed your face. Clean your face. Be kind to your face.

Egyptian women have been using yogurt for years to keep their faces beautiful and supple. Many of my friends are now adding turmeric to their nightly yogurt masks.

Have a beautiful day.

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