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Turmeric Mask Recipe: The Eastern Secret To Youthful Skin

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turmeric mask recipe

Hey y’all! While the potamus family unpacks our new house, Lindsey of Homemade Mommy has graciously agreed to share this traditional Eastern recipe for radiant skin. Thank you, Lindsey!

Turmeric is a kitchen staple . . .

In India and is found in just about every dish there. It is less common in the West and is often called the poor man’s saffron because of its deep yellow hue and because it is often added as a filler in saffron sold in the US. Turmeric is what gives mustard its distinctive yellow color. Because it is very mild in flavor, turmeric can be added to just about anything without really changing the flavor profile of the dish.

So why is turmeric in almost every Indian dish?

Do they know something we do not? Apparently they do…turmeric is one of the most powerful healing spices studied to date. It is rich with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that have been shown in an increasing number of studies to protect and nourish virtually every organ in the body.

The active ingredient, curcumin, is how turmeric achieves these amazing results. In fact, recent studies by the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center showed that curcumin was more effective at reducing inflammation and fighting cancer (including pancreatic and breast cancer) than anything else studied. The study research professor, Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D. says:

“No cancer has been found, to my knowledge, which is not affected by curcumin. The reason curcumin is so effective against cancer is that it hits not just a single target or cell signaling pathway but dozens of targets implicated in cancer.”

There truly is no spice being studied currently that offers more promise than turmeric!

Traditional Remedies

Because turmeric is apparently such a powerful antioxidant, Indian women have used it traditionally in their beauty regimens for beautiful, radiant skin. This mask, inspired by a recipe from Aggawal’s book, Healing Spices, will nourish your skin with turmeric and smooth lines. It is easy to keep on hand and can be customized depending on what beneficial oil is used. The flour and turmeric mixture can be made in advance and stored in a cool, dry place and then later prepared with oil and water as needed for the mask.

Radiant Skin Mask with Turmeric


  • ½ cup garbanzo (chickpea) flour
  • 1 ½ Tbsp ground turmeric (Note from Mommypotamus: Regular turmeric is fine for most people, but some people have reported that it stains. A patch test is recommended. Alternately, you can use kasturi turmeric, which does not stain)
  • 5 drops of your favorite beneficial oil. (Remember the Oil Cleansing Method? You can customize this mask based on your skin type!)
  • 1-2 tsp filtered water

Beneficial Oils

Almond Oil (sweet)

  • softens, soothes and reconditions

Avocado Oil

  • rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) and Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E
  • good for those with psoriasis, eczema

Borage Seed Oil

  • reduces inflammation and calms skin
  • promotes blood flow
  • good for eczema, acne, rosacea

Grapeseed Oil

  • well-absorbed
  • non-allergenic, so good for skin sensitivities

Hazelnut Oil

  • astringent
  • good for oily skin

Hemp Seed Oil

  • nutrition for your skin – antioxidant, protein, mineral-rich
  • contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, and E
  • high amounts of chlorophyll
  • good for eczema, psoriasis, acne, and dry skin


  1. Mix the flour and turmeric and save in an airtight container until you are ready to prepare your mask.
  2. To prepare the mask, mix 1 Tbsp of the flour mixture with 5 drops of oil and enough water to make a paste.
  3. Smooth the mixture on your face and neck, avoiding the eyes.
  4. Let the mixture remain on your face until it dries (about 15 minutes) and then wash it off in the shower.
  5. Make sure you remember to take your shirt off before you put this mask on. Avoid getting this mask on your clothes because it might stain!

Sit Back and Relax!

Make sure you try this mask when you can relax and enjoy it…like while you are taking a nice Epsom salt detox bath! After using this mask your skin will feel unbelievably soft, firm, supple and radiant!

About Lindsey

profile photo Homemade MommyI’m Lindsey, the Homemade Mommy. I work a full time corporate job on top of being a wife to an amazingly supportive husband and mother to a 4 year old daughter. Oh and I blog about food!

Real Food.
Healthy Food.
Great food.

I find the time and make a commitment to homemade cooking because eating this way has truly changed mine and my family’s life. Ditching processed food has helped us heal from a number of ailments including asthma, allergies, recurrent sinus infections and ADHD. I buy organic, from familyfarms, local and grass-fed. I am passionate about achieving vibrant health and am happy to share my tips, techniques and recipes in my new eBook – The Homemade Mommy Handbook – with you in the hopes that it will help you create your own path.

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54 Responses to Turmeric Mask Recipe: The Eastern Secret To Youthful Skin

  1. Patty says:

    Thanks for the post! One question, can tapioca flour be substituted for chickpea flour? Thanks!

    • Asma says:

      When we were teens our grandmothers told us to use chickpea flour as a face mask to suck up excess oil on the skin. In India/Pakistan they have this whole ritual for the bride before the wedding where they use a mask called ubtan on the skin that contains the flour as well. It’s supposed to make your face glow. I never used it though, possibly because my wedding was in the US and nobody had time to make it. My relatives from Pakistan swear by it though.

      I have no idea what effect tapioca flour would have on the skin.

  2. Leah G says:

    this made me giggle a bit. A few months ago while in the throws of GAPS intro my three year olds eczema got so bad we tried EVERYTHING including mixing a turmeric paste. well we now have lovely yellow sheets and towels. she was orange for days. people thought she had jaundice. turns out it was the organic olive oil giving her the rash.

  3. Andrea says:

    What a great post and recipe! I’ve been using organic extra virgin coconut oil on my skin and face, and the anti-bacterial properties combined with my very clean diet free of sugars, legumes, grain and unnatural foods has done wonders for my skin. I tried your recipe, substituting coconut flour and adding a small amount of organic tumeric and cinnamon from and was pleased with the results. Thank you!

  4. Mali Korsten says:

    So the turmeric doesn’t stain the skin?

    • Connie young says:

      Turmeric WILL STAIN SKIN . I love it internally, but it’s stains like crazy!

    • Andrea says:

      Tumeric will stain, if you use too much. I used coconut oil in my batch and it came off. I would be very cautious with the amount you use, especially if you have fair skin (I’m very tan from lots of outdoor time and genetics).

  5. Sista Voyage says:

    I have been enjoying tumeric internally as of lately due to digestive issues. I have the powder form, so I will use it in the recipe above for my skin (I have been breaking out lately). I reserve the actual tumeric root for eating or drinking as a tea.

  6. Julie says:

    Does the Turmeric stain white skin?

    • Emily says:

      Yes yes it does. I get turmeric baths for pain. I’m Scottish Irish with really fair skin.
      It takes about 4 days for me to no longer look jaundiced. LOL
      So i never have areas that will be seen covered in the water (face/neck/hands)

  7. Lynn says:

    So, am I going to have radiant orange skin if I do this or what?

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  9. lauren says:

    Can you put this on other parts of the body? Like maybe dry patches on arms and legs?

  10. Barbara Bellinger says:

    Would love a definitive answer on whether this paste stains skin and, if so, how bad is the stain. Also, what flours would be acceptable substitutes. I live on a small island in Alaska and very much doubt I will be able to find chickpea flour at a reasonable cost. Thanks so much. Would love to try this, but worried about stained skin. Looking forward to answers.

    • Heather says:

      Barbara, I haven’t had a chance to try it yet but Lindsey assures me that she had no issues with this mask staining her skin. She has a very fair complexion so I imagine that it is probably not an issue.

    • Emily says:

      Done and tried (Because I am at home for 3 months not doing anything)
      It stained my fair skin.
      I get turmeric baths all the time but never let the water touch parts that would be seen in public.
      I decided to try this ANNNNND
      4 days later I’m still yellow =-)
      My kids wanted to rush me to the hospital because they thought my liver was giving out. Ha!
      Oh well…. I’ll just continue with my baths and taking it internally.

      • Janet says:

        Emily , I am very interested in your tumeric bath for pain.
        I have neck and back pain constantly and I make tumeric and ginger tea. I slso put both raw in my breskfast smoothies.
        And yes I have yellow fingers for a day or
        How much would I use in a bath?
        Do you put anything else in it?
        You don’t say where you have pain so I won’t ask but do you think I could benifit from it?
        The Dr thought I had fibromylga turns out I was allergic to gluten and rice. Hope thst helps someone somewhere.

        • Madhu says:

          For any pain you can take Golden Milk ( Turmeric mixed in lukewarm or hot milk)
          You can try this
          Mix Turmeric powder, Dry Ginger powder and Fenugreek seeds powder. All powdered separately in equal proportion.
          Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon daily once or twice as required. ( with water )
          This is wonderful remedy for any kinda pain

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  12. gunturu satyamoorty says:

    Termeric is a medicated beauty cream and in food preparations it is compulsarily used to for additiona flavour without spoiling real identity of the special dishes. Nextly for decoration of domestic prayer shrines it is used as a decorative paint and it is anti biotic.

  13. Ishta Bhasin says:

    Instead of water…use yoghurt for mixing. Amazing results !!!

  14. Latha says:

    Chickpea flour has its own set of skin brightening properties. I haven’t had the same results with anyother flour. I use milk, honey and sometimes even yogurt to make a paste. It stains the skin if you add lots of turmeric. I have not known anyone with white skin who have used this mask. But using it daily helps clear acne marks, reduce all sorts of acne and also it helps with facial hair but to see any noticeable difference it has to be done regularly for 1 to 2 years but my own face has cleared up quite a bit and the hair is growing back finer and slower. Adding oil to make the paste for me makes it stain my skin more deep yellow. Generally i make a thick paste with honey and milk/rosewater/yogurt. Apply it generously over my face and neck. Once it is try i wash my face with a face wash and i don’t have yellow face anymore. But ofcourse I have wheatish skin. My nails remain stained for quite a while though. Even in alaska it should be easily available in indian/pakistani groceri stores at a reasonable amount.

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  16. Latha says:

    It helps to tighten my skin, even out my skin tone and get rid of my acne marks. It brightens the skin as well.

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  18. nancy says:

    Use alcohol to remove stains,it was only accidental I discovered it,coz I was washing my ingrown nail with alcohol and suddenly the turmeric stain is gone !
    Goodluck !

  19. Mark says:

    Turmeric has tons of health benefits, and has a very distinct taste. I have never used it topically but will definitely look into it. Great information, I plan on trying this out soon.

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  21. Pam says:

    I love these helpful ideas, recipes and suggestions, I have just one problem, I can’t add this site to clean print, which means you can print without the pictures and headers, can you have these recipes printer friendly? that would be awesome. Sincerely, PRN in Alaska

    • Heather says:

      Hi Pam! I tried to add a print function to my site but unfortunately the software would randomly delete ingredients so I removed it. Hopefully I’ll come across a better solution that I can implement!

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      If you use Chrome as opposed to Internet Explorer you can do “Control P” (Ctrl button+Letter P) and it will print.

  22. Lavi says:

    I am Indian and i use turmeric,chickpea flour mixed with milk. It doesnt stain my skin and i am light skinned . It leaves a yellowish tinge which goes away after 1-2 showers then again i do it on Friday evening . It makes my skin soft and healthy ! For ppl who find it difficult to get these ingredients try mashing 1 banana and 1 tbspn honey mix well and apply ont face like a scrub/pack leave if on for 10 mins until the mask dries …wash face Voila beautiful flowing skin !

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  24. Morgan says:

    I just did a turmeric mask yesterday and I have the whitest of white skin. I used ORGANIC turmeric and it absolutely did not stain my skin. I assume that non-organic turmeric has food coloring in it and that’s what is staining people’s skin. Try organic, it won’t stain.

    Also, for my turmeric mask, I mixed it with sweet white rice flour, olive oil and milk because that’s what I had on hand. It is working quickly on my hyperpigmentation. I will try to find chickpea flour at my local grocery stores, or perhaps even Amazon. I also bought sweet almond oil today (normally used in the mask).

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  29. Alison says:

    Just a little tip if the turmeric stains a bit. After washing off the mask, follow with some cleanser mixed with baking soda. No staining! :-) this looks like a great recipe!

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  33. Sarah says:

    I’m Indian and I have a fair complexion. I use a mask of 1tsp honey + 1tsp lime juice + 1 pinch turmeric. And it doesn’t stain my face. But if I increase the quantity of turmeric to 1/2 tsp, then I end up looking yellow for a day. Also I use my home grown and dried, powdered turmeric. Not the fresh one or the stored bought one. Also I have found that if I brush my teeth with a thick paste made with a tsp of turmeric and a few drops of water, once a month or so, I get shining white teeth as though I got it professionally whitened :)
    So for the teeth, more turmeric makes it whiter and for the face more turmeric makes it yellow :)

  34. Seema says:

    For those concerned about turmeric staining the skin, try to make a paste with turmeric, lemon juice, yogurt, chick pea flour, and some fresh cream or organic oil. THe lemon and dairy in this paste will not only lighten the stain it may leave behind but will also be beneficial for the skin.
    Also for those with stained clothes or linen that just won’t clean the turmeric color, wash in hot water with laundry detergent and leave in sun to dry. You will be amazed that there will not be a telltale sign. Sun is important. Dryer will not do the trick.

  35. Madhu says:

    Hello friends, I am an Indian so I know this recipe very well.
    You can add milk instead of water. For those who have dry skin can use wheat flour in place of chickpea flour. There is no harm if oil is little more.
    It can be applied on whole body. Once it dries you can rub with hands in order to remove it completely without applying anything else. ( Little pressure is required which works like massage) It removes all the dirt form the body. It helps removing unwanted hair also, when you rub and remove. Once its removed take bath with lukewarm water or as desired. ( No need to apply any soap there after). Or you can remove directly with water

  36. Jamey says:

    Could you use bentonite clay instead of the chickpea flour? …cause that’s all I have on hand…that and arrowroot powder

  37. Mindy says:

    I use tumiric yogurt and small amount of baking soda. MUST BE A SMALL AMOUNT OF BAKING SODA. I do this every other day for 30 minutes. I am as pale as pale can be. It stains my skin a bit but I find if I steam my face first boiling water in a medium pot with a towel over my face for 10 minutes it does not stain. Plus I open the pores before hand.
    As I turned 28 I started getting acne for the first time and not knowing about it of course I picked my face (bad idea) with plenty of scares to show for it I started using everything I could to get rid of the acne and scares. Nothing worked. Thousand of dollars down the drain. Till this!
    My face is back in action.
    With the baking soda you will feel your face pulsing, this is normal. If u do not like this feeling replace baking soda with honey.

  38. Clara says:

    I’ve been wanting to use turmeric in more recipes so this is perfect for me. Can’t wait to see the effects of this amazing mask!

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  40. Vega says:

    I make this with Almond Milk instead of water… fresh, baby-bottom skin follows!

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