Turmeric is a key element in Indian cuisine as well as in Ayurvedic medicine
Turmeric has been used for centuries in India as an important component of cuisine and medicine. Furthermore, its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are put to good use for cosmetic purposes by Indian brides. In a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony, Haldi (meaning Turmeric in Hindi) is an important event that occurs just a couple of days before the wedding.
During Haldi, the women in the family prepare a special paste made of turmeric, sandalwood, rose water and a special herbal mix. Going from the toes up, the yellow paste is applied on the legs, arms, hands and feet. The aim of the Haldi mask is to clean and brighten a bride’s skin, so as to look flawless throughout the wedding.
In ancient times the ceremony used to be a small family gathering. Nowadays, mostly thanks to Bollywood movies, the Haldi has now become a huge event in itself. Music, dancing, food and of an army of guests. After the ceremony, the bridesmaids pamper the soon-to-be bride and help her wash off this yellow paste, while cracking endless jokes about her upcoming ‘ordeals’!
Why use a Turmeric Mask?
Firstly, it cools and cleans the skin. As I mentioned before, turmeric also has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It helps fight acne, reduces oil secretion and lightens scars. Moreover, applying turmeric brightens the skin tone. This is why turmeric masks are chosen as an ideal quick pre-wedding beauty fix.
Of course, Haldi masks are not reserved exclusively for brides. Thanks to its wonderful properties it has become popular and used daily by many Indian men and women.
How to Make a Haldi Mask?
There are many ways to make the mask, but here we will show you how to make the traditional one
- ½ tbs of organic turmeric
- 1 tbs of chickpea flour
- ½ tsp of sandalwood (with its anti-acne properties, it works great with turmeric)
- rose water or milk (if you have a sensitive skin, use milk instead of water)
To form a paste, first mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. The consistency should not be too thick but also not too watery. If needed, you can add more chickpea flour to make the mix more solid.
Apply the mask on your face and neck and leave it on for 20 – 30 minutes, then wash it off with warm water. Do this alongside your with your regular skin care routine and don’t forget to put on some moisturizing cream.
As we know turmeric can stain, so here are some tips to keep in mind while applying the mask:
- use a brush to apply the mask to prevent your fingertips from turning yellow
- after washing off the mask apply a little bit of rose water or any face toner
- a Haldi mask is best applied in the evening, so that by the following morning any yellow stains will have vanished
Additionally, turmeric can slightly brighten hair. Gentlemen, please try to avoid applying it on your beards and ladies, avoid your eyebrows.
What do you think about the mask and its purposes?