If you haven't already heard, the latest skincare trend to explode across TikTok is a turmeric face mask.
TikTok influencers claim that it gives you glowing, brighter skin. They also allege that it:
- Gets rid of hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and/or acne scars
- Reduces acne
- Gives even tone skin
- Soothes inflammation
It's no surprise considering turmeric's loaded with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
More than likely you've seen a video highlighting the orange-y, gold face mask that beauty enthusiasts can't get enough of pop up on your TikTok feed. The tag 'turmeric face mask' has already garnered over 39 million views on the social media platform, spouting sub hashtags such as #turmericfacemask, #tumericfacemask, #turmericfacemask🤣, #turmericmask, #turmericfacialmask, #tumricfacemask .
A typical video shows gold-colored turmeric powder mixed with milk, honey, and lemon juice, blended to a creamy paste. Then the poster spreads the paste across their face. It dries, they may or may not wipe it off with water and a wash cloth and--voila! you're one step closer to clearer skin.
What Is Turmeric Cumin?
But what makes this mask so special? For starters, the addition of turmeric curcumin makes it a work horse for your skin. Turmeric gives curry its yellow hue, while curcumin, a curcuminoid, is its active ingredient, says a 2020 article. According to science, it has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. A 2020 review showed that taking a turmeric oral tablet and topical cream reduced acne in participants. It's also effective at treating many skin issues such as acne, eczema, photo-aging, and psoriasis (which can leave you at a greater risk of developing alopecia areata, says a 2015 study).
How Does It Benefit Your Skin?
It's not just turmeric cumin that makes this mask so beneficial to your skin. The lactic acid (which is a probiotic) that's found in milk or yogurt helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on your face by exfoliating your skin. A 2021 review says topical probiotics can treat many skin diseases such as photo-aging, acne, and wound healing. Lactic acid improved the dryness and elasticity in the skin of participants, a 2008 article says. It also helps treat hyperpigmentation, says a 2005 clinical trial, where it was used as a peeling agent in melasma. Lemon juice helps slough off dull, dead skin with the help of citric acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), that improves the texture and appearance of your skin, says a 2020 review. While honey, a known topical treatment for wound healing and infections, has anti-microbial properties and can calm redness caused by inflammation, says a 2016 study.
How To: Turmeric Face Mask
The turmeric face mask is pretty easy to make. Use a spoon to mix into a creamy paste the following ingredients in a small container:
- Milk - two spoonful (but you can also substitute yogurt if you want a thicker mask)
- Lemon juice - one spoonful
- Honey - one spoonful
- Turmeric cumin powder - two spoonful or pop open 8 capsules
Then apply it to your face with a facial brush. Let it sit on your face until it drys and rinse off with warm water. (You can also hack this mask to get hair free skin. If you have facial hair and want to get rid of it, add ginger powder to your mask's ingredient. 6-Gingerol, the active ingredient in ginger, stops hair growth in human and mice subjects, says a 2013 study.)
Disclaimer: While this article was properly researched and cited, it deos not constitute as medical advice. A TikTok video does not constitute as medical advice. Contact a physician or dermatologist before you use this mask on your face as a precaution.