Turmeric is a spice used primarily in Indian cooking but also has powerful medicinal attributes. The spice is a natural acne fighter and makes skin glow by evening out skin tones. Turmeric creams applied under the eyes can get rid of dark circles and incorporating turmeric into a moisturizing lotion allows you to keep skin soft and glowing. The turmeric lotion should be applied daily for two to three weeks for the best results. Turmeric powder or turmeric paste can be used in a lotion recipe, though the powder may be easier to find at a local supermarket or health foods store.
Add yogurt and almond flour to a bowl and mix together.
Pour in lemon juice and turmeric and stir thoroughly. The mixture needs to be fully mixed together.
Use immediately or keep covered and refrigerated until you are ready to use. The turmeric lotion can be used for up to one week.
Use natural or organic yogurt if possible as it has fewer preservatives.
Apply the lotion to your face, throat or body and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off.
Many beauty supply stores carry turmeric lotion or similar skin-lightening lotions that will last longer than a homemade version.
Some people have allergic reactions to turmeric. Test a small amount of the lotion on your arm before using it on your face or entire body.
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- Encyclopedia of Spices: Turmeric
- “The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances”; Julie Gabriel; 2008
Melissa Hamilton began writing professionally in 2007. She has enjoyed cooking creatively in the kitchen from a young age. In addition to writing cooking articles for various publications, she currently works in the restaurant industry as a food and beverage trainer.