I am not exaggerating when I say that turmeric is one of my favorite ingredients in the entire world. It's in my food, on my skin and I even have it in capsule form for when my health needs a boost. So naturally, when I decided to make a detox mask, turmeric was the first thing that came to mind.
A little background: In the East, turmeric has long been used for medicinal purposes. It has been used in Indian ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for years for the treatment of inflammatory and digestive disorders. The western medical community has been doing research into turmeric’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and its potential in the treatment of cancer and other diseases.
*Note: This mask will temporarily stain the skin. I use this mask in the evening and the color is usually gone by the next day. If the yellow tint bothers you, just use a bit of apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball or towel. Also, if you can find it, Kasturi turmeric (curcuma aromatica) is non-staining and has the same skin-healing properties.
Turmeric Root Powder (2 tsp) - acts as an exfoliant and provides antioxidant protection from free radicals that damage skin as well as toxins that accelerate the aging process. Brightens complexion and evens out skin tone. Great for oily and acne-prone skin.
French Green Clay (2 Tbs) - gently draws out impurities and toxins, while smoothing skin tone
Frankincense Essential Oil (3 drops) - promotes healthy cell regeneration and reverses signs of aging
Filtered Water (3 Tbs) - It is important to use clean water. We have a Big Berkey Filter in our home, but any filtered or distilled water will work.
Directions: Mix all ingredients together and add water until desired consistency. Store in an air-tight glass jar (make sure it's closed or the mask will dry up!).
To Use The Mask: Cleanse skin and pat dry. Apply your favorite serum or facial oil. Apply mask and let dry for 10-15 minutes, or longer if you're like me and get distracted easily. Remove with warm water and follow with apple cider vinegar if desired. I usually add a few more drops of serum at this point.