Turmeric has amazing skin lightening properties and has been used for it from ancient times in India. I have always seen my aunts and grandmothers use turmeric for skin care on a day to day basis. Almost every bathroom in our village will have a turmeric and small stone. When women go for bathing, they rub the turmeric on the stone along with the little thick rice water till they get a smooth paste. Then we rub it all over our face, massage for a few seconds and then wash it off. This simple method has amazing skin lightening benefits and always keep skin smooth and free of blemishes. Even if there are blemishes, it lightens them well. Turmeric lightens scars, dark spots, pigmentation and treats suntan really really well. This has been proven through research too, you can read about it here. The only problem with this method is turmeric stains skin yellow so I prefer to use turmeric in the form of bath powders and I like to use kasturi turmeric instead of regular turmeric. Kasturi turmeric is very fragrant and does not stain like normal turmeric so I prefer to use it instead of normal turmeric. But if you don’t mind the light stain, you can use the normal turmeric too. I prefer to make my own turmeric paste at home instead of buying store bought turmeric powders. I find store bought turmeric powders stain the skin really yellow which makes me wonder whether artificial colors are added to them. To make your own turmeric paste for skin care, soak a turmeric in hot water for a few minutes. Now take a rough stone and rub the turmeric on it well along with little water till you get enough paste. This way you will get unadulterated turmeric for skin care. Since I love making my own creams and face packs, I have tried turmeric face pack, turmeric cream and turmeric oil at home. They all work well but use them regularly to see fast results. I have given all the recipes I have tried over the years below, choose the one you like and use regularly……
5 TOP WAYS TO USE TURMERIC FOR SKIN LIGHTENING:
1. Turmeric & Milk Face Mask For Skin Lightening:
Take 1 tsp besan also called as gram flour in a bowl. Add in 1/2 tsp turmeric powder to it. Add enough milk to form a paste and use it as a face pack. To use, apply all over the face and neck, wait for 10 minutes before washing it off.
2. Turmeric Oil For Skin Lightening:
To make turmeric oil, take a turmeric and rub it on a rough stone along with little water to get a smooth paste. Now heat 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil along with 1 tbsp of turmeric paste, it will immediately start spluttering. Once the spluttering sound stops, remove and strain. To use, massage this oil regularly before bath.
3. Turmeric Cream For Skin Lightening:
Turmeric creams are wonderful for skin lightening and you can make them easily at home. I make it with aloe vera gel, turmeric powder and rice water and you can find the recipe for it here.
4. Turmeric Powder & Yogurt | Honey For Skin Lightening:
Turmeric powder mixed with honey or yogurt is also wonderful for lightening dark spots and scars. If you have oily skin, mix turmeric powder with honey else if you have dry skin mix it with yogurt. To use, apply a thin coat all over the face, wait for 15 minutes before washing it off.
5. Turmeric Bath Powder For Skin Lightening:
I love homemade bath powders. Homemade bath powders are always made with turmeric as a base. They are fragrant, keeps the skin blemish free and lightens the scars and blemishes really well. If you have dry skin mix it with thick creamy rice water else use rose water or plain water to mix. You can find the recipe for it here.