Featuring over 100 recipes and at-home treatments, COCONUT 24/7 offers tons of healthy ways to use the coconut, a “superfood” that has been loaded with attention from athletes, models, and celebrities alike. With author Pat Crocker’s expertise as an herbalist, there are tips on making your own moisturizers, balms and creams with coconut so you can discover the unique qualities of coconut to help you look and feel your best. Try this turmeric coconut face mask to reduce redness and aging spots, leaving skin smooth and healthy this summer and all year long.
Turmeric Coconut Face Mask
Makes 1/4 cup (2 applications)
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti¬bacterial, antifungal and wound-healing herb, which makes it a perfect ingredient in skincare products. This combination of natural ingredients helps to reduce redness and dark age spots or dark circles under the eyes.
1 heaping tbsp ground turmeric
1 tbsp liquid raw honey
1 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 tbsp 2% milk
1. In a small glass bowl, add turmeric. Using a long-handled teaspoon, stir in honey. Add oil and milk and stir to make a smooth paste. Divide mixture in half. Use one half immediately and store the remaining mixture, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
2. To use, remove makeup, wash face and neck and pat dry. Using the back of a spoon, spread mask evenly over cheeks, forehead, chin, nose and under the eyes. Leave mask on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, pat dry, spritz with toner and moisturize with coconut oil.
This mask does not dry and tighten the skin. When gently rinsed off with warm water, the lactic acid in the milk acts as an exfoliant and softens the skin. For best results, apply once or twice a week and use pure coconut oil as a daily non-greasy moisturizer.
Caution: Turmeric is a yellow dye that will stain, so use a long-handled spoon to mix and apply it and be sure to wear old clothes or an old apron when working with it. Be aware that it will stain facecloths and towels, ceramic bowls, as well as your porcelain sink. To remove yellow turmeric stains from porcelain, wipe the surface with the cut edge of half a lemon and rinse well.
Learn more about the benefits of coconut in Coconut 24/7 by Pat Crocker.