I’ve been under a ton of stress lately so I’m sure that accounts for the horrible skin problems I’m having right now. In addition to stress acne, I have the ongoing problem of acne rosacea. Fortunately I only get mild redness with occasional bumpy flare-ups, nothing that can’t be covered by a little make-up, but it still has a negative effect on my skin.
I have tried tons of products to make my regular acne go away, as well as multiple visits to the dermatologist, all have yielded less than positive results, not to mention the expense. I’m super tired of going through product after product and nothing works. I am also tired of telling people about it, and they say, “Oh you should try xxxx product it’s awesome!” or “Well I’m a consultant for Mary Kay/Avon, and I have blah blah blah.” Mary Kay/Avon never has, never will solve the world’s skin problems.
So I have decided to now take a more holistic approach to skin care. There are a lot of foods that are supposed to really help out skin. Here are just a few:
Honey: moisturizes, helps heal acne, fights aging
Yogurt: firms up skin to prevent wrinkles
Green Tea: fights inflammation (which is good for rosacea sufferers!)
Egg Whites: improves circulation & tightens pores
Avocados: help add moisture to your skin, combine with other ingredients for a great facial!
Turmeric: Evens out skin tone, helps reduce inflammation, and reduces wrinkles
My first attempt at this is actually with Turmeric as well as with some honey and milk. If you mix Turmeric with other ingredients it can make a kind of paste which allows for a great mask! I should say that the best thing to do when using natural ingredients in skin care is to buy all organic. This way, you know you aren’t getting anything that could harm your skin.
Just a note, Turmeric does stain, so wear a shirt that you don’t mind getting dirty, and make sure you do this mask at night, as Turmeric tends to give you that “Jersey Shore” orange glow. It goes away with a little time and a shower. If you have to go out in public with a yellowish-orange glow, practice the line, “No, my liver’s not failing, it’s just the Turmeric mask afterglow.” Seriously though, it will go away & makeup will cover it. 🙂
Before you start, wash your face thoroughly, and get all the makeup off.
First, fill your small spoon with Turmeric and put it in your bowl, followed by a spoonful of honey.
Now it’s time to apply the mask! Do it over a sink or something because it will drip, and it’s best to avoid dripping on furniture. Just take the same spoon you used for mixing and use the back of it to spread it across all the areas you want to affect. If you have dark circles make sure you hit up under the eyes, as Turmeric helps to improve pigmentation.
Now just wait around for 15 or 20 minutes, till it starts to feel dry around the edges. Then just rinse it off. Don’t use soap and don’t wash your face again! Yes, you will look a little orange, and it will come out by the time you have to go to work tomorrow!
This is only the second time I’ve tried this mask, so I cannot speak to the long-term results. My skin did feel smooth after washing it off though. This mask is like the ones Indian brides use before their wedding to make their skin smooth and glowing. So hopefully the long-term results are good ones!
Get your girls together and do Oompa Loompa facials all around!