5 Turmeric Recipes For Skin [+ 7 Turmeric Skin Benefits]

7 Turmeric Benefits for Healthy Skin + 5 Turmeric Skin Recipes

Turmeric is a zero-chemical, 100% science-backed natural skin remedy.

Its proven skin benefits include bringing relief to acne and psoriasis sufferers, promoting wound healing, detoxification and anti-aging as well as improving skin elasticity and glow.

It gets better! So you can immediately test these for yourself, here are 5 top turmeric skin recipes.

But first, what Is turmeric?

Turmeric root is held dear for its exceptional medicinal properties by some of the oldest medical traditions around: traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine both have relied on turmeric for thousands of years.

But, the consensus on turmeric goes further.

Derived from the curcuma longa plant and part of the ginger family, turmeric is no regular food. It's an absolute superfood. Its main active ingredient, curcumin, features antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties so potent it has been found to be as effective as certain anti-inflammatory drugs — without causing the same side effects.

Turmeric and curcumin are amongst the most well-researched herbal medicines on the planet. They  have more than 12,800 peer-reviewed articles that testify to their benefits in preventing inflammation, cell damage, and a range of Western lifestyle diseases.

In this comprehensive turmeric skin guide, we focus on 7 scientifically established skin benefits of turmeric.

As a bonus, we also offer 5 turmeric skin recipes at the end of this article, including

  • 1 turmeric face mask;

  • 2 turmeric detox teas and;

  • 2 turmeric skincare smoothies.

7 Turmeric Benefits for Skin

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Turmeric Benefits For Skin #1: Turmeric Helps With Acne

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the US, affecting 85% of all teenagers and 50 million Americans every year. Acne occurs when the pores in your skin become clogged by dead skin, bacteria or oil. Clogged pores can lead to inflammations and acne breakouts. 

Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, is among the most powerful anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. Studies show that it even outperforms anti-inflammatory drugs such as classic aspirin and ibuprofen.

Turmeric tackles acne in at least 3 ways:

  • By targeting the pores with its antibacterial, antiseptic and antibiotic compounds, turmeric eases the inflammation, soothes the inflamed skin, visibly reducing both swelling and redness;

  • By keeping bacteria from spreading (turmeric is a natural antiseptic), turmeric stops further acne breakouts in their tracks;

  • By supporting the wound healing and scarring process, turmeric even helps cleaning up your skin once the worst of the acne flare-up is over.

In other words, when it comes to dealing with acne breakouts, turmeric is not only an effective and inexpensive remedy, it also contains zero chemicals. This makes it a 100% natural addition to your arsenal of holistic and healthy skincare solutions.

Turmeric Benefits For Skin #2: Turmeric Speeds Up Wound Healing

The human skin consists of layers and layers of tissue that shield the underlying muscles and organs from outside influences, including heat, radiation, infection or injury. As the first line of defense, the skin is also more likely to be wounded.

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, the curcumin found in turmeric helps stop wound bleeding while also speeding up wound healing.

Harnessing turmeric's antiseptic, wound-healing potential, the U.S. drug giant Johnson & Johnson even produces turmeric bandages for certain markets like India.

Turmeric Benefits For Skin #3: Turmeric Boosts Collagen Production In Your Skin

Collagen is the main structural protein in charge of firm, springy and young skin. Your skin can hardly have enough of it, especially as with age your body produces less and less collagen.

Vitamin C is known for being a great collagen-booster, keeping your skin supple and strong. Turmeric is a good source of vitamin C, strengthening both your skin’s structure and elasticity.

Turmeric Benefits For Skin #4: Turmeric Provides Relief For Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common skin conditions affecting 125 million people globally, 8 million of which in the US alone. It causes skin cells to complete their life cycle in an overly accelerated way, producing scales and red patches of surplus cells on your skin's surface. These surplus cells often turn out to be itchy, if not painful.

The issue with psoriasis is that it is chronic and incurable. While that is tough news in itself, turmeric's both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties provide some form of relief by helping manage psoriasis symptoms.

Studies suggest that the curcumin found in turmeric successfully lowers the activity levels of a protein involved in the production of skin cells, slowing down the generation of itchy surplus skin.

7 Turmeric Benefits for Healthy Skin + 5 Turmeric Skin Recipes

Turmeric Benefits for Skin #5: Turmeric Detoxifies Blood, Liver and Skin

The body's largest organ, the skin is directly connected to numerous other organs and body functions. Take the liver as an example.

The liver is your body's border control and homeland security at once: its job is to vet any incoming food or drink before moving nutrients, vitamins and minerals onwards while toxins, heavy metals and alcohol are sent away for excretion.

When your liver becomes clogged, say by too much alcohol, sugar, fats or other toxins, its filtering and detoxification functions may fail, which then quickly results in even the skin being attacked by cell-damaging toxins and free radicals.

Turmeric's powerful antioxidant effects protect the liver from toxins and pathogens, allowing it to regenerate and your skin to stay clear and unharmed from damaging free radicals.

Turmeric's detox effect does not stop there. Turmeric also purifies your blood. This blood purification happens in 2 ways:

  • First, by turmeric stimulating the activity of so-called phase II detoxification enzymes known for retaining toxins from the blood.

  • Second, because turmeric increases the production of bile, which your liver uses to bind waste and filter out toxins from your blood.

As the main carrier of oxygen and nutrients to your cells, your blood needs to be purified that way. Were it not, waste and toxins would be wracking havoc on your skin, with skin irritation, rashes and outbreaks following suit.

Turmeric Benefits for Skin #6: Turmeric is an Anti-Aging Agent

One of the most important forms of stress your cells, and in particular your skin cells, are exposed to is called oxidative stress. Oxidation is the very chemical reaction that you know from metals that rust, for instance.

Unfortunately, oxidative stress on your cells is a similarly corrosive process that over time turns healthy cells into structurally damaged ones. The curcumin found in turmeric powerfully counters oxidative stress by scavenging its authors, the so-called free radicals. 

Since oxidative stress on your skin cells constitutes a major factor in aging, turmeric thus commands a potent anti-aging effect on your skin, reducing the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots.

Turmeric Benefits for Skin #7: Turmeric Makes Your Skin Glow 

Looking for naturally glowing and healthy skin?

Don't look any further. Turmeric has been shown to improve circulation and with it the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your skin.

This along with turmeric's aforementioned ability to flush out toxins helps rejuvenate your skin naturally, rewarding turmeric consumers with healthy skin and a natural glow.

A gentle turmeric face mask may help exfoliate your skin, leaving you with fresh and clear skin and a glossy radiance to your face. For how to make your skin glow naturally with a homemade turmeric facial mask, check out our bonus facial mask recipe at the end.

Now, before you start working on your face with a curry-colored turmeric concoction, there is something you need to know. A turmeric face mask may stain your skin yellow or leave a yellow residue, especially if you are of a light complexion. 

This should only be temporary as the turmeric tan typically comes off after rinsing with soap and water. But, to be on the safe side, you may want to do these 2 things before applying turmeric to your face.

First, do a test-run on your forearm with a dime-sized amount of the turmeric paste (see recipe below) and monitor it for 24-48 hours to ensure no adverse reactions occur. While turmeric is considered a safe substance, not everyone tolerates it well. An allergic reaction to the application of turmeric would cause skin irritation, swelling and redness.

Second, once that test comes back ok, it may still be wise not try the turmeric face mask, if you have any immediate events or important social obligations. To avoid bad surprises, leave yourself some time to see how the face mask turns out for you.

7 Turmeric Benefits for Skin

Bonus: 5 Turmeric Skin Recipes

Now with the turmeric skin benefits established, we’ve pulled together 5 recipes, so you can immediately start trying it for yourself. The recipes include:

  • 1 glowing skin face mask to be applied topically to your face;

  • 2 turmeric tea recipes and;

  • 2 turmeric skincare smoothies.

Turmeric is not easily digestible by the human body so one of the most effective ways of reaping its rich health benefits is to make your recipes from freshly grated turmeric root (adding pepper and a healthy fat to your recipe where possible to help your body absorb it in the most effectively).

Turmeric Skin Recipe #1: Turmeric Skin Glow Face Mask


  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon raw honey

  • 1 teaspoon organic, ground turmeric root


  • Start by warming up the honey in a small saucepan over medium heat for 2 minutes.

  • Pour the warm honey into a bowl, add the Greek yogurt and the ground turmeric, then stir until you have a thick paste. 

  • Try not to make the paste too thin as it could drip, the goal is to reach a texture that will stick to your face.

  • Before applying the paste, rinse your hands and face, then with a teaspoon start applying the mask to your face, avoiding your eyes.

  • Alternatively, use your hands, gloving up before to avoid turmeric stains on your hands.

  • Let the mask dry and harden for about 15-20 minutes. Then, rinse your face with warm water.

  • In case the mask leaves yellow stains on your face, the easiest is to wash it off, using either water and soap or your preferred facial toner.

  • For optimal results, use 1-2 times a week.

Turmeric Skin Recipe #2: Turmeric Tea For Acne


  • 1/2 inch turmeric root (fresh, organic)

  • 2 cups hot water (not boiling)

  • 1/2 inch fresh, grated ginger root (optional)


Making turmeric tea from organic, freshly grated turmeric root is one of the most effective ways to reap turmeric's skin benefits in one easy-to-prepare, highly nutritious healthy drink. To make it from scratch, you do not need much, aside from the fresh, organic turmeric root. 

  • Peel and grate a 1/2-inch of turmeric root, pour 2 cups of hot (not boiling) water over it.

  • Let it simmer for 10 minutes, strain your freshly brewed turmeric tea. Drink the tea hot.

  • For a little extra spice, add a 1/2-inch fresh ginger to your mug. For sweetness, use a drop of raw honey.

  • Sip and enjoy.

Turmeric Skin Recipe #3: Turmeric-Ginger Tea-tox  (2 servings, drink hot)


  • 1/2 inch grated fresh turmeric root or 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1/2 inch grated fresh ginger root or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 cup filtered water

  • 1 cup coconut water

  • 1 squeezed lemon

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 tablespoon raw honey or bee pollen


  • Using these ingredients, proceed as per the turmeric tea recipe above.

Turmeric Skin Recipe #4: Moisture and Glow Skin Care Smoothie (1-2 servings)


  • 1 cup kale/spinach blend

  • 1/2 avocado

  • 1/4 cup blueberries

  • 1 cup coconut water

  • 1/4 cup ground almonds

  • ½-inch chunk of fresh turmeric root


  • Throw all ingredients into your high-performance blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Drink immediately.

Turmeric Skin Recipe #5: Superfood Gold Smoothie (1-2 servings)


  • 1 cup kale/spinach blend

  • 1 carrot

  • 1/2 avocado

  • 1/2 mango

  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt

  • 1 cup coconut water

  • ½-inch chunk of fresh turmeric root


  • Throw all ingredients into your high-performance blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Drink immediately.