Flawless skin for the holidays

Well here we are, it is late December and the holidays are around the corner.

Because the holidays call for a lot of celebration and gatherings I thought it perfect timing to share a DIY beauty secret I have discovered. It will be sure to have your skin glowing and ready for the festivities.

Turmeric

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Turmeric is a magical spice with multiple functions and endless benefits. It is a member of the ginger family. When extracted from the plant is has a yellowish/orange/ brownish tone. Turmeric is the primarily ingredient in curry. It is very popular in India and Asia.

It turns out turmeric has been a beauty sensation for years. Indian brides and grooms apply turmeric paste on their face and body prior to their wedding to help brighten, illuminate and remove impurities.

Unfortunately for me just when I was enjoying clear skin my acne returned, not as aggressive as before but I do have a lot of hyper-pigmentation (extremely annoying) . Getting rid of dark marks can take a long time. Not seeing much improvement with prescribed medication I decided to turn to natural remedies.

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I have used turmeric masks for over a month now. To see drastic results it definitely takes time as with all beauty products but I have already noticed some lighting on my dark marks. After one use you can expect minor instant results such as soft and luminous skin.

I also use turmeric in my morning shakes and drink it in tea because it is very beneficial for the health. (More information further in the post)

There are several ways to make this mask, depending on your skin’s needs. With its anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and exfoliation properties, turmeric corrects skin conditions such as:

– acne/blemishes, blackheads
– dark marks and hyper-pigmentation
– controls oil production
– heals dry skin (eczema)
– anti-aging , anti-wrinkle
– improves skin elasticity
– heals burns

There are many ways to prepare this mask depending on your skin condition. Since I am fighting acne and discoloration I prepared my mask specifically to cater to these needs.
I have tried two variations:

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-1 tablespoon of turmeric
– 1 tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt
– ½ tablespoon of honey

This second option is much more exfoliating which is why I only use this method once a week (acne prone skin is very sensitive, too much exfoliating can aggravate the skin and cause more breakouts).

– 1  ½ tablespoon honey
– 1 tablespoon turmeric

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I use this mask three to four times a week. But if you have healthier skin you can limit it to ones or twice a week.

Before applying this mask I wash my face with a gentle cleanser with hot (not burning) to warm water. I apply the paste with a clean makeup brush and allow it to harden for about 15 minutes. Then I remove with cool water using soft circulation motions to help exfoliate and remove dull dead skin. I then pat dry my face and apply a moisturizer.

*Note: You may have an orange undertone after removing the mask. Not to be alarmed, it will come off with a cleanser or toner. Also make sure to wear dark color or old clothes you don’t mind damaging, turmeric dyes fabric.

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Benefits on consuming turmeric internally:
– anti-inflammatory
– improves brain function
– blocks fat
– sleeping aid
– stress reliever
– healthy blood pleasure
– fights Alzheimer’s
– fights cancer
– lowers risk of heart disease
– helps with arthritis
– immune booster
– helps with depression
– cleanses the liver
– soothes stomach discomfort, diarrhea, heart burn, bloating
– fights colds

Give turmeric a try, you won’t regret it.
-XOXO

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