Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Turmeric Face Mask - a homemade mask that battles shop bought.

I've been considering doing a super saving section for a while. I'm someone who's spent a fortune on different products over the years. There's been some purchases that, when I look back, have been either to buy into the image or just for the sake of buying a brand. I want to do a product comparison of a few swaps I've made lately but I'll do that in later posts.

For now, I want to write about one of the best face masks I've come across in ages, and it all comes from the contents of your kitchen.

I know, I know, this has a bit of crusty twinge to it. I roll my eyes upwardly too if I even get the slightest hint of Jesus sandals and hairy armpits off a post but trust me, this one actually is worth hanging around for.

It's full of turmeric, which brings blood to the skin, plumps it up and is a great natural anti inflammatory. I've added coconut oil to it which is a great moisturizer and great for acne prone skin. I've also added vitamin e which help reduce red marks left by spots. It's a super mask for when your face needs a quick pick me up and instantly makes you look fresher.

I can't claim this mix as my own either, just as a disclaimer, I came across this one day on Youtube in a video by Little Miss Forty. I have, however, added my own little tweeks to it. I've swapped the CoQ10 for vitamin e oil because when I went looking for the CoQ10 it was around €35 a box. Ain't nobody got time for those sorts of prices.

Things you'll need:

Coconut Oil
Manuka Honey (or regular, manuka just makes me feel like I'm really pumping the healthiness)
Vitamin E Oil - I just added this cus I have it in the press from an eye cream I make. I'll do a quick post on that when I get a chance.


I'm  not one for measurements. As the yanks say, I just 'eyeball' it. *picture of Mary staring her face mask out of it like a mad yoke.

Dollop around 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Melt it in the microwave (or in a bowl over boiling water if you want the true crusty experience)

Mix in two tablespoons of honey

Add 2 teaspoons of turmeric

Throw in some vitamain e oil for good measure. Try make sure that the coconut oil isn't too hot, you don't want to damage any of the goodness in the vitamin e oil.

Throw it on your face!


This face mask will stain. The turmeric with turn any cloth it comes in contact with a pukey colour of yellow.  It can be a bit dribbly so be careful. Little Miss Forty recommends using a spoon to apply it. I used the back of one to apply it roughly but then I like to get stuck right in there. If you wash your hands straight away they'll be grand. Don't worry about your face either, trust me, you won't end up looking like someone from the episode of the Simpsons where they go 3D.

Here's a pic of all of the things you'll need:

Leave it on for 20 - 30 minutes and wipe it off with warm water and cotton wool.

I made up a batch of it before and stored the leftovers in an empty jam jar, ready to gently heat up for the next time my skin needs a pick me up.

Let me know how you get on!

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