It’s likely you’ve heard of the numerous properties of the wonder spice, turmeric. Curcumin, the active ingredient found in the vibrant, yellow powder, is widely touted as a safe, yet potent, fat burner, pain reliever, immune system booster, anti-inflammatory, defender against brain disease and even a powerful antiseptic; Turmeric can be used both internally and topically. So you might be left wondering: is there anything it can’t do? Apparently not, as it turns out turmeric can also be a highly effective facial hair removal agent. Facial hair removal with turmeric is a popular practice with women from India, where the spice has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years. It contains compounds that don’t just remove unwanted hair; they also inhibit the growth of new hair, so frequent application means your hair will become finer and less noticeable over time. It also sticks to skin tightly so, when it’s scrubbed off, it manages to remove the whole hair from the root. If you’re tired of lasering, waxing, plucking and shaving want a safe, natural and inexpensive method of facial hair removal, you can try one of the special recipes below.
1) Turmeric & Milk
Our first recipe is extremely simple and only requires two ingredients: whole milk and turmeric powder. Just mix three teaspoons of turmeric and one teaspoon of milk into a thick paste. Spread the paste evenly over the area you want hair-free in the same direction the hair is growing. After about twenty minutes, the paste should be dry, and you can remove it by using a clean, dry washcloth in small, circular motions. It’s worth mentioning at this point that turmeric WILL stain your skin bright yellow, but a mix of natural soap and a little baking powder will get it right out, as will witch hazel, or apple cider vinegar.
2) Turmeric & Lemon Juice
The advantage of facial hair removal with turmeric is that you can adapt your formula to give your skin an even healthier boost. For this recipe, boil a cup of water and add a couple of tablespoons of sugar to create a simple syrup. Once it’s cooled down, add two tablespoons of turmeric and two of fresh lemon juice. Apply this paste to the desired area, let it dry, then scrub for around five minutes before rinsing it off. The turmeric will work as before, but the lemon juice will help lighten any remaining hair and make your face look even brighter. Using a sugar syrup for facial hair removal is a technique that’s been in use for centuries, and is much kinder on the skin than traditional waxes.
3) Turmeric & Sea Salt
This last recipe works much like the first, but with the addition of sea salt. When it comes to your skin, salt helps to deep clean your pores, kill any breakout-causing bacteria and balance oil production. It also works as an effective exfoliant to remove dead skin and freshen up your face. Just combine equal parts turmeric powder, milk and sea salt to make another paste, apply it, dry it and rinse. You can even make this mix in bulk and keep it refrigerated for easy access.