Indian brides often use turmeric-based masks to eliminate wrinkles, acne and dark circles. I’ll do just about anything I can to get my pasty skin to have the same glow as gorgeous Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai. This spice is known to have antioxidant properties that benefit skin.

While I was shopping online for a commercial turmeric, I had to gasp in horror. Here’s a variety for nearly $40 for only four ounces. Egads!

Here’s a recipe to make turmeric mask at home for pennies per treatment.

You Need

  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder. offers a pound for under $10. (Cost: $0.11 cents)
  • 1 tsp. Almond oil. Again, Vitacost offers a 4 ounce bottle for $4.18. (About $0.34 cents)
  • 4 Tbsp. Chickpea/Garbanzo bean flour. Less than $3 a pound, again from Vitacost. (Cost: $0.60 cents)
  • Milk
  • Clean bowl and spoon

The Steps

  • Add all dry ingredients and almond oil to bowl and mix with spoon.
  • Add enough milk to form a paste the consistency of pudding.
  • Apply a layer of the mask using ring finger.
  • Allow to dry for 20 minutes.
  • Wet the mask with warm water to soften mask and wash it off. Pat skin dry.
  • Use twice a week for maximum results.

Excluding the milk, one treatment of this mask is about $1.00. That $40 dollar jar of commercial mask might last for five or six treatments, max. That’s nearly $7.00 a treatment. I think I’ll save the $6 bucks and have beautiful skin.

Note: Test the mask on your arm before using on face. On very light skin, turmeric could stain. DO NOT get the mask in nose or in eyes.

Spice of Life: Get Beautiful, Glowing Skin with DIY Antioxidant Spice Mask