1/27/17

Beware Of The DIY Turmeric Face Mask

I've struggled with dark spots and blemish scars on my skin for the last little while, but in an effort to save some funds for upcoming adventures, I have put off purchasing any fancy skincare. Instead, I decided to make use of ingredients in my kitchen and concoct a face mask that could target these concerns.

I decided to go super basic and combine a tablespoon of coconut oil with a teaspoon of turmeric. For the record, I have used this mask four times now and I've probably only used half of the batch I created, so a little goes a long way.


Turmeric is full of antioxidants and supposedly helps with pigmentation and discolouration, among many other things including age prevention, improving elasticity and keeping blemishes at bay. It all sounds pretty peachy to me!

Now, the title of this post may be slightly misleading. I assure you, I have not experienced any horrendous breakout from the natural ingredient. It actually does make my skin look fresh and glow-y, although I am not sure it is diminishing the look of my dark spots...

Instead I'm here to warn you about the mess and headache you'll experience if you try this yourself. I've also provided some tips to deal with these frustrations.

Beware Of The Stain
Firstly, turmeric is a lovely burnt orange/yellow colour, but man does it stain! I spent a good 10 minutes worrying that it would not wash off my face while I let the natural ingredients go to work. I feared walking out in public and being the subject of Homer Simpson related jokes.

Don't Use Oil
In all honesty, it wasn't the easiest to remove. We all know oil and water do not mix, so perhaps I should have used yogurt as a base ingredient instead...



Sacrifice A Face Cloth 
A wet cloth is definitely a better option than going in with a splash of water and trying to massage the mask away with your hands. But trust me, that cloth will be ruined! Definitely don't use anything white or light-coloured.

Use Micellar Water
I also found that using some micellar water on a cotton pad (or two) is the trick to remove every last trace of yellow.

Wear Ugly Clothes
I made the stupid mistake of wearing a nice top when I first tried this DIY mask. The coconut oil began to warm up from the heat of my skin and drip from the high points of my face. I literally sat with a few paper towels pressed up against my chin trying to catch the yellow droplets so I would not ruin my clothes, bedding or anything else around me. What should typically be an enjoyable pamper session, became nothing more than 10-minutes filled with stress and anxiety.

I reiterate, yogurt may be a better base ingredient. But I've learned my lesson and now I change into a grubby t-shirt and apply an extremely thin layer.

Watch Your Eyes
Also, be careful not to get any in your eyes. Turmeric IS a spice, and it WILL burn!

It Kinda Smells...
There is definitely a slight scent to this mask - similar to ginger or curry, but not as strong. If you're sensitive to odours, this probably won't be the DIY mask for you.

You Will Scare Everyone Around You
Finally, it's a pretty scary looking mask, which is why you don't see any pictures of me wearing it. I prefer to do it when no one is home, or I'll make an announcement before it's applied so they have some kind of warning. I'd suggest staying inside and far away from any windows so you don't frighten your neighbours.

All-in-all, I'm still trying to decide if this mask is worth the hassle. I have noticed a slight change in the appearance of my skin but I'm not sure it's enough to make me want to apply it on my face every night.

Have you tried an at-home turmeric face mask before? What was your opinion?

xxx

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