DIY: Turmeric and Honey Mask

Did you know honey and turmeric are some of the best and inexpensive ingredients you can add to your skincare regime? Check out this quick and easy DIY mask that can help treat acne, remove acne scars, soften skin, remove dark spots and discoloration, and more. Over time this mask will even your skin tone and reveal gorgeous glowing skin!

This is my favorite mask to make every week (or more like every few weeks from how crazy life can get). It’s really simple and quick to make (which is perfect for someone like me) and it’s super effective. Now, I do want to warn, like any DIY remedy, you will not see results IMMEDIATELY. Natural remedies do not work like that, it takes time to achieve the desired effect. I have been doing this mask for over a year, which is why I feel so confident sharing this recipe today.

Let’s get to know our main ingredients a bit, so you can understand why they work so well.


  • Natural antioxidant ( when a molecule in your body loses an electron it turns into a free radical. Antioxidant molecules engage and essentially wrangles the dangerous free radical and give it an electron, effectively neutralizing it.
  • Anti-inflammatory (substance or treatment that effectively reduces any redness, puffiness, or swelling)
  • Home remedy for eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, dark circles, and wrinkles.
  • Contains Curcumin ( a bright yellow chemical produced by some plants. It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, a member of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae.) Curcumin has shown significant anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Excellent Exfoliating agent
  • Natural antiseptic (meaning it helps effectively rid the skin of bacteria that can spread and cause acne breakouts)
  • Protects from anti-aging and sun damage (Research presented at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) 68th Annual Meeting shows that a moisturizing cream containing turmeric had the ability to improve the appearance of fine lines and brown spots caused by sun damage.
  • Soothes dry skin ( turmeric naturally speeds up the process of removing dead skin cells to reveal healthy and soft skin, and protects the skin cells from further damage)
  • Naturally removes stretch marks on the body


  • Natural anti-bacterial (great for acne prone skin)
  • Natural exfoliator (The organic acid in honey like gluconic acid accelerates shedding dead skin cells just like a scrub but without mechanical rubbing)
  • anti-inflammatory
  • A natural humectant (draws moisture from the environment into the skin)
  • Helps fade acne scars

Now that we know the benefits of the mask, let’s get into recipes and final notes.

This is the mask I normally make. Please remember there is no set measurement for these ingredients since it varies per person. Try to keep your formula consistency think otherwise it will drip over your clothes and stain them.


  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons raw organic honey (please remember raw, unpasteurized  honey is best because you need the health bacteria only available in pure honey)
  • A few drops of essential oil of choice (this is an optional step)


  1. Mix the two main ingredients together in a facial bowl
  2. Add your 5-6 drops of essential oil (I prefer lemon because I do these masks at night lemon is the perfect addition to help brighten your acne scars and even skin tone)
  3. Mix well
  4. Cleanse face with a cleanser appropriate for your skin type
  5. Apply to face with an application brush (this allows you to apply a thin even layer, without contaminating the mixture or your skin with any bacteria on your fingertips or below your fingernails)
  6. Leave mask on for 20-30 minutes
  7. Rinse thoroughly with warm water (Remember any remaining turmeric on your face will stain your towel)
  8. Follow with your normal facial routine (Ex. toner, serum, moisturizer, eye gel)

Final Tips From Red Carpet Curls:

  • This mask will give the best results if used twice a week
  • You can always customize this recipe for your liking (Ex. acne-prone skin can benefit from adding 1/2 a teaspoon of ACV into the mixture)
  • If you are going to use lemon essential oil in your mask to brighten your skin please make sure to do this mask at night (Citrus essential oils like lemon are potential  photosensitizers, this is a process where a given chemical absorbs ultraviolet light and initiates a reaction, typically on the skin)
  • When using this mask for the first time, my best suggestion is using it at night because turmeric can temporarily stain pale skin a slight hue of yellow (this goes away overnight, by morning you see beautiful, radiant, clear, even skin tone)

Works Cited Bruno Burlando, Laura Cornara. “Honey in Dermatology and Skincare: A Review.” Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology (2013): 306-313. Document. K. P. Sampath Kumar, Debjit Bhowmik, Chiranjib, Biswajit, M.R.Chandira. “Medicinal Uses and Health Benefits of Honey: An Overview .” Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research (2010): 385-395. Document. Labban, Louay. “Medicinal and Pharmacological Properties of Turmeric (Curcuma longa): A review .” International Journal of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (2014): 17-23. Document. Maheshwari, Rajesh L. ThangapazhamAnuj SharmaRadha K. “BENEFICIAL ROLE OF CURCUMIN IN SKIN DISEASES.” ADVANCES IN EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY (2007): 343-357. Document. Preeti Rathaur, Waseem Raja, P.W. Ramteke, Suchit A. John. “TURMERIC: THE GOLDEN SPICE OF LIFE.” International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research (2012): 1987-1994. Document. Surbhi, Dr. 8 Benefits of Honey on Skin: Know From Dermatologist. 19 September 2018. Document. 17 March 2019.

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Queen Monroe

Curly Girl Method enthusiast and educator. I have been on my own CGM journey for a bit over three years now. I take a scientific approach to the Curly Girl Method. I believe by learning Trichology (the study of hair and scalp) you can better understand your hair's needs and behaviors. This will help when you need to learn ingredients to read product labels. I research and write each and every article in this site. The information used and referenced on this website come from open access, peer-reviewed journal articles from publications such as the Journal of Cosmetic Science and the International Journal of Trichology.

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