Kitchen Beauty: DIY Turmeric, Rice Flour and Yoghurt Mask

Call me a snob, but very rarely do I resort to a home remedy and I most always find that the commercial variant performs better, be it a shampoo, make up remover, or even a deodorant, etc.  And yes, it's always easier to use something off the bathroom shelf than go rummaging through my kitchen cupboard in an attempt to mix up a concoction.  Besides, who has the time these days? 

Having said that though, I used to mix up this turmeric face mask back in the day.  I also used this every few days for 3 whole weeks before my wedding and my skin was clear, soft and glowing come D-Day.  Could it have been this mask?  Married life, shifting to another country and two kids later, I completely forgot all about the mask until we traveled back home for my sister's wedding.  I started using it again and helloooo amazing skin.  Coincidence much?

The mask contains turmeric, rice flour and yoghurt.  Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-aging properties.  It is rich in antioxidants, and helps to reduce pigmentation and even out skin tone.  Rice flour is great at absorbing oil, it is a skin whitening agent and a great exfoliant.  Yoghurt is a good source of lactic acid (an AHA) which helps fight acne, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, moisturizes, fades blemishes and exfoliates the skin.  Combine all these in one mask and you've got a winner on your hands.  

1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon rice flour

Combine all the ingredients with enough yoghurt to make a thick paste.  Apply a thin layer to your face and neck avoiding the eye area (do wear a t-shirt you don't care for) and let it dry for about 20 minutes.  Rinse off in the shower, scrubbing gently as you remove the mask.  Make sure to follow up with a moisturizer and voila, instant soft, smooth and radiant skin!

There's a lot of variants of this mask and you can customize it according to your skin's needs by adding honey, lemon juice, ground oats or even essential oils.  The possibilities are endless!  Though, if you have sensitive skin, always do a patch test first.  

This cheap and cheerful mask really works.  If you can bypass the hassle of getting out all the ingredients, whip this up and thank me later.  

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