Facial masks may be one of my favorite methods of self care. Unlike manicures or exercise, they give themselves to multitasking very well. It’s easy to have one on and answer emails or other tasks while still doing something that’s really good for you.
Face masks are like deep conditioners for your face. Depending on the ingredients (and this DIY only has 2!), they can draw out impurities, fight breakouts, and soften skin. If you’re not giving yourself one at least once a month, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
The Turmeric Clay is something I came up with awhile back. I’m not saying I invented it. In fact, thanks to the power of research, I’ve learned there are many like me who, while looking for natural alternatives to fight hyperpigmentation, discovered the wonders of turmeric. The Indian spice has long been praised for its abilities to naturally lighten dark spots. It’s also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It can be used a variety of ways but I like to mix it with bentonite clay which is excellent and detoxifying pores.
I like to use this mask when my skin is looking patchy or I need to lighten acne scars. You can use this mask up to twice a week. Any more than that may dry out your skin and cause it to overproduce oil, leading to breakouts. As always, moderation is your friend.
-Glass or plastic container (do not use metal)
-1 Tbsp Turmeric
-2 Tbsp Bentonite clay
-Bamboo Skewer for mixing (plastic fork or toothpick also works)
-Facial paint brush (*optional but recommended)
1.Put clay and turmeric in jar, blend using skewer.
Use + More Important Stuff
To use place 2 teaspoon of powder into a glass bowl and add a teaspoon of warm water. Apply mixture to a clean face and allow to set for 20 minutes (or until dry) before rinsing away.
*Turmeric stains. I highly recommend using a disposable facial sponge or a face brush to apply the mixture. I sometimes use the back of a plastic spoon. If you don’t have any of these items, don’t worry. Just make sure you wash your hands and counter surface right away after applying.
If you give this mask a try, share your thoughts in the comment section.
Hudson Valley based writer.