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DIY an Anti-Inflammatory Face Mask For Brightening, Anti-Redness, and More

Updated: May 4

Add turmeric to your grocery lists RN.

Photo via Anisa Beauty

While indulging in the wonders of food-grade skincare from home, let's take a moment to honor the anti-inflammatory superfood turmeric. Packed with yellow curcumin, the ingredient is incredible for the treatment of conditions that stem from inflammation. For the skin, this might mean acne, rashes, eruptions, or redness.


I can personally vouch for the anti-redness effect of turmeric thanks to products like Verso Antioxidant Turmeric Booster. The first time I used it, I noticed that my skin looked calm, even, and pale the next morning. I am fair, but it was, in fact, particularly devoid of redness upon waking.


As for the skin-saving effects of food-grade Turmeric skincare, LOLI Beauty's Anti-Redness Remedy kit has literally saved my face after a Vegas Facial gone wrong. I was so moved by the transformative experience that I wrote about LOLI Beauty on Brit + Co., too. So, this is an excellent DIY selection if you have acneic skin, are prone to redness, or if you are suffering from red, inflamed skin — including if it is due to a reaction.


Moving on, this fabulous mask recipe was created by makeup artist Rose Siard. It uses only four ingredients, many of which you likely already have in your pantry. It has antiseptic, calming, and anti-redness properties, while the wealth of antioxidants it provides will help to prevent free radical damage and delay the process of skin aging.


What You'll Need

- 1/2 tsp organic turmeric

- 1 tbsp ground oats

- 2 tbsp organic plain yogurt

- 1 tsp raw honey


Note: If you don't do dairy (like me), consider using coconut yogurt instead.


Directions

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl or on a plate. It is incredibly helpful to use a face brush to apply the mask itself, such as Anisa Beauty All-Over Care Brush, $28. Siard explains, "I find that I use a lot less product using a brush rather than my fingers and hands. It's easy to clean, and really helps me spread the mask evenly all over my face."


The Benefits

The synergistic effects of calming and anti-septic turmeric with anti-bacterial, exfoliating, and hydrating honey gives your pores a thorough cleansing and your mug an ample dose of nourishment. Of course, Manuka honey is considered even more antibacterial than its "ordinary" counterparts, and finding one that has been lab-tested for the proportions of its components helps to ensure optimal potency. Colloidal oatmeal is considered extremely calming and soothing for the skin. In this instance, the oats help to give the skin an ultra-gentle scrubbing when you rinse it off. Finally, the lactic acid found in yogurt brightens and helps to anti-age away fine lines on the surface of the face. Lactic acid is one of the most popular brightening actives used in skincare products.


What could be easier? The mask is super simple and well worth your trouble.


Would you prefer a DIY face mask for hormonal acne? How about a hair mask? We've got you covered.

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