In the age-old medical stream of Ayurveda, turmeric which is commonly known as Haldi plays an important role in curing illnesses as well as treating skin problems due to its healing properties. Aside from being an effective and natural antiseptic, Haldi was a widely used ingredient in many ancient beauty treatments of beautiful women of India to obtain a healthy radiance to the skin as well as a clean, acne and pimple free skin. Today, the glory of turmeric has been stretched beyond the borders of India and women all over the world have kept their faith in turmeric as a natural ingredient for glowing, flawless, fair, acne and wrinkle free beautiful and healthy skin.
In Indian Haldi ceremony, which is performed a day prior to the marriage, Haldi (turmeric) is applied on to-be bride and groom to give the couple a glowing and beautiful look on their special day. This ancient practice of applying Haldi is still found in Indian weddings despite the availability of wealth of modern cosmetics to improve the appearance of bride and groom.
Even modern beauty queens who seek expensive cosmetic surgeries and treatments to enhance their beauty seem to still love the traditional natural ingredient to maintain a glowing and attractive skin. In a recently released video, the former Miss World and Bolleywood actress Priyanka Chopra demonstrated how to make traditional Indian exfoliating scrubs and face masks using natural ingredients. She went on to say that turmeric is her best and the favourite ingredient in treating her skin. In the same video she shared her secret natural face mask recipe containing turmeric. Chopra’s face mask includes unflavoured yoghurt, gram flour, lemon, sandalwood and essentially turmeric.
TURMERIC HAIR REMOVER
Turmeric has been trusted by women as one of the natural and effective ingredient to remove unwanted facial hair. You can make a simple hair removing mask by mixing powdered milk with powdered turmeric and applying on face and scrubbing off the mask after it is dried after half an hour. You may feel a pain while scrubbing away the mask due to the pulling off of tiny hair on face.
Another hair removal is made by mixing several ingredients with turmeric. To prepare the natural facial hair remover, you will need 1 teaspoon of unflavoured Gelatine, 1 tsp warm milk, 1 tsp bee honey, 1 tsp turmeric and a few drops of lavender oil. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and apply all over face and leave for 30 minutes. When the mask is completely dried on your face, start pulling the mask off at the jaw line and pull it upwards which is the opposite direction of the growing of hair. Do this slowly as it is painful when the hair is being removed by the mask. After the mask is taken off, wash the face with lukewarm water and apply olive oil or coconut oil to moisturize the skin. This face remover does not dry the skin as honey and milk in the mask provides hydration to the skin.
TURMERIC FACE MASKS
Turmeric can be combined with many natural ingredients to prepare face masks that can be used on the face as well as all over the body. As turmeric is known as a good anti-aging ingredient, it can be combined with chickpea flour and full cream milk to make a face mask that can fight the signs of aging.
Rice water is one of the highly effective natural treatments for a radiant and attractive skin. When combined with wonderful turmeric and applied topically, the results will leave you marveled. The Rice Water Sediment and Turmeric Face Mask brightens and lightens the skin while effectively eliminating the dullness of the face.
When tomato juice, lime juice and honey are combined with turmeric and applied regularly, dark spots can be reduced and the blemishes can be lightened.
For the acne prone skin, turmeric and margosa face pack yields wonderful results. Turmeric can also be combined with sandalwood to fight acnes and pimples.
Egg, rose water, milk powder and turmeric powder face pack is moisturizing and reduces the dryness of skin and provide nourishment. To remove skin tanning and pigmentation, turmeric can be combined with cucumber, potato and rose water. The mask can be prepared by grating cucumber and potato using a kitchen grater and adding rose water and turmeric. As the mask is watery, this can be thickened by adding rice flour or green gram flour to obtain a thick consistency.
Turmeric and coconut oil conditioning pack can be applied on cracked heels. Applying this heel mask at least once a week during pedicure, helps get rid of dry, scaly and cracked heels.
Turmeric is also an effective exfoliating agent. After applying turmeric face masks, you can moisten the skin with half a teaspoon of slightly warm milk and scrub the face to remove dead cells and impurities.