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After visiting Arizona over Memorial Day weekend, my skin was drier than the Sahara. Even a few days back in humid DC wasn’t helping. No matter how much water I drank or moisturizer I used, I couldn’t get my face back to its usual dewy state.

But as I was browsing through Every Day with Rachael Ray, I came across a feature called “Spa day at the supermarket,” with beauty product recipes made from groceries. The yogurt and turmeric exfoliating face mask caught my eye, so I decided to give it a whirl.


Everything you need to make this mask.

There are only three ingredients: turmeric (an exfoliating anti-inflammatory), plain Greek yogurt (for smoothness), and honey (anti-bacterial). You probably have all of these on hand right now. Here are the directions as listed in the magazine:

Put 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt in a bowl.
Add 1 tablespoon honey.
Add 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric.
Apply evenly to a clean face, leave on 5 minutes.
Wipe off with a damp towel.



Now for some caveats. This recipe makes A LOT of product. I’ve already used it four times, and I still have some left. (Obviously you have to keep it covered and refrigerated, because it’s primarily yogurt.) The next time I make this, I will reduce everything to one-third of what’s called for, i.e., 1 teaspoon yogurt, 1 teaspoon honey, and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric.

If you’ve ever used turmeric, you know that it is bright orange in color, and it stains. You must be careful with this facial mask. The consistency is thinner than I would like, which makes it difficult to apply. (But once on your face, it doesn’t run.) I applied it over the bathroom sink, holding the bowl under my face as I slathered on the mask. Any drips into the sink had to be wiped up immediately, unless you want orange blotches in your white porcelain sink. (Probably not.)


Finished product.

Along those same lines, do not leave the mask on for more than 5 minutes or it will temporarily turn your skin orange. Unless you really want that Donald Trump look, this is to be avoided. Further, unless you want to ruin your towel, do not wipe off the mask with a damp towel as instructed by the recipe. I find that applying it before a shower and rinsing it in the shower is the easiest, least messy way to remove it.

With all those caveats, I did find the mask to be highly effective. I could feel the exfoliating graininess as I applied it, and my skin was much smoother and less dry afterward. I used it two days in a row, and my dry skin was totally fixed! I will definitely make this mask again, just not according to the recipe.