4-Ingredient Turmeric Face Mask To Brighten Skin, Lighten Scars and Reduce Wrinkles

Turmeric face mask

As someone who is a Holistic Nutritionist, has worked in health food stores, and of South Asian origin (the stereotype is true, I’m frugal), I can tell you that most natural beauty products are a complete ripoff. Yes, there are some brands that are affordable, but you can often attain the same results with fresh ingredients at home that cost a fraction of the price.

Whether it’s the food I eat or put on my face, I believe in simplicity. Ask yourself: do you really need to use a rare type of plankton from the seabed off the coast of Tuscany (just made that up) on your face for $99, or will a $0.10 teaspoon of raw honey suffice as a moisturizing face mask? The answer is yes, it will.

If you’re new to DIY beauty or getting back into the routine, a good place to start is with a turmeric face mask.

Turmeric has been used for centuries in South Asia as a beautifying ingredient – we use it in homemade face masks, throw it into every skincare product imaginable, and have even dedicate an entire pre-wedding event to it called a haldi ceremony! 

The bottom line? It’s amazing, and it works.

THE Ingredients in a turmeric face mask


The active compound in turmeric, known as curcumin, is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help protect the skin from aging and harsh UV rays. [1]

What’s more, the whitening and brightening effect of turmeric is more than just an old wive’s tale – research shows that curcumin can suppress melanin (skin pigment) production [2].


Yogurt contains lactic acid, a natural acid that’s found in milk, fruit vegetables and other plants. Lactic acid is actually used in anti-aging products and in chemical peels due to it’s exfoliating properties.

Studies have shown that lactic acid can slough off dead skin cells, help diminish wrinkles, tighten and firm the skin, lighten scars and whiten the skin, and even help repair photo-damaged skin. [4] [5] [6] 

Note: a turmeric and yogurt face mask is sufficient, but if you want to add even more benefits to your face mask, consider adding honey and lemon as well. 

Raw Honey 

Raw honey contains gluconic acid, a mild acid that gently exfoliates and brightens skin as well. Research shows that it helps soften, soothe and moisturize the skin, therefore delaying aging and wrinkle formation. [7] 

Honey is also well known for its antimicrobial properties that help treat wounds and infections – if you’re prone to acne, definitely consider adding this to your mask. [8] Lastly, make sure you’re using raw honey, to reap all the benefits.


Similar to yogurt, lemon also contains an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) called citric acid. This is often used to promote skin peeling and re-growth in anti-aging products, and is also used to  treat mid acne, lighten dark spots and reduce wrinkles. [9] [10]

Turmeric Face Mask

  1. Wear the ugliest, ‘at home’ clothes you own e.g. a sweatpants with holes in it and a free T-shirt from some insurance provider. If you skip this step, be prepared to have turmeric stains on nice clothes and cry afterwards.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Go to the bathroom sink, and apply all over your face. You can just use your fingers, or a brush if you’re feeling fancy.
  4. Apply a second layer on top.
  5. If there’s still some turmeric face mask leftover, apply to any other area of your skin you want to brighten. I also apply some on my neck and elbows.
  6. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Gently rinse your face with warm water. If your face still looks yellow, don’t panic! It just requires a few washes to take off fully. Use a facial cleanser and cotton pads to take the rest off.
  8. Finally, use a towel (that you don’t mind getting stained) to take off the remaining residue and dry your face.
  9. Repeat once a week. You should notice clearer, brighter skin and less acne.







About Alina

I'm a Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and my official title is Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). I received my diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I'm a coach and an educator. Follow Alina on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.
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