Turmeric Honey Face Mask

Turmeric Honey Face Mask – Try this easy, homemade mask at home to get both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits.

Turmeric and honey on a green spoon on top of a white bowl.

I was originally led to try this mask about 8-9 years ago by one of my readers at Oatmeal with a Fork.

I’ve been using it ever since, it’s THAT awesome!

It seems this mask is all the rage among Indian women. They’re known for essentially covering themselves in turmeric the night before their wedding in order to look gorgeous for the big day!

Turmeric in combination with raw honey helps prevents aging, and it has been found to benefit acne-prone skin types as well.

Turmeric benefits

Tur-mur-ick, not too-mer-ick, (as I once said it, ha!) has a plethora of amazing attributes, both internally and externally.

A quick pub med search led me to a couple of articles outlining topical curcumin (the active component of turmeric) being used for skin cancer, dermatitis, acne, and psoriasis.

It makes a great choice for skin, as it is anti-inflammatory, and it is a potent antioxidant.

Use raw or manuka honey

I’ll tell you a quick funny story.

My daughter went to make a honey mask one night and used our cheap, squeeze honey, which I have for the kids to use on their oatmeal.

The next day, she was rashy and breaking out!

Moral of the story, you need a GOOD raw honey for this mask, or even better, manuka honey.

The antibacterial properties of raw honey are so excellent for the skin that I’ll oftentimes use it alone on my face. It makes my skin softer and just overall ‘better’ looking.

Jar of turmeric and two containers of honey on a wooden table.

What’s the difference between raw and manuka honey?

Raw honey refers to any honey that has been taken from the honeycomb and packaged without being processed. It is generally thought that it has not been heated or pasteurized, and it may even contain wax, pollen and propolis.

Manuka honey is a very specific type of honey produced mostly in New Zealand or Australia. It has very strong antibacterial properties, which make it a medicine as well as a delicious food!

I’ve used it, in particular, to combat an h pylori infection.

How to make a turmeric honey face mask

Turmeric Honey Face Mask

This turmeric honey face mask is helpful with both aging and acne, making it suitable for all ages!
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Servings: 1 serving


  • 1 teaspoon raw or manuka honey
  • ½ teaspoon dried, powdered turmeric


  • Mix the two ingredients together to make a paste.
  • Apply evenly to your face, avoiding your eyes and nose holes.
  • Leave on 15-30 minutes, as desired.
  • Rinse thoroughly with washcloth or a small amount of baking soda.

Tips and tricks

While turmeric will stain clothing, it won’t stain your face, contrary to popular belief! I use a good washcloth or baking soda to take it off.

Shared with: Thursday Favorite Things, Fiesta Friday, Busy Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Hearth and Soul

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