DIY Somali Turmeric Mask

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Those of you who follow us on instagram (if you don’t - what are you waiting for?!) , would know that we recently started a series called #beautyaroundtheworld. In this series, we share some of our favourite all natural skincare regimes and ingredients used in different countries and cultures around the world.

First up in our series is none other than an ancient recipe that comes from our own culture and background - the Somali huruud (turmeric) mask. This mask brings a lot of nostalgia for us as we remember seeing our mother an aunties sitting around some evenings applying this mask to their faces and henna to their fingertips. We would revel at how this yellow paste would miraculously provide them with such instantly radiant skin. Huruud is an ancient recipe passed mother to daughter for generations for good reason - turmeric has serious glow power! It has become a staple in the beauty regimes of Somali and Indian women alike, and in today’s blog post we will explore the benefits of this glow-boosting mask.
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Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a root spice that has become well known for its amazing uses and properties. Used for centuries in many Asian and African cultures - research has now proved its many cosmetic and therapeutic uses and has become newly popular in Western health food stores and markets. Turmeric is most notably known for it’s active ingredient compound curcumin - which is a potent antioxidant anti-inflammatory agent. The health benefits have been widely documented including preventing heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s.

In terms of beauty - the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric make it ideal for brightening, exfoliating and healing the skin. It adds suppleness to skin, brightens complexion, fades hyper-pigmentation and gives skin a radiant glow.

Turmeric Mask Recipe


  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon gram/chickpea flour
  • 1 teaspoon plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • optional: 1-2 teaspoon honey

Mix all of the ingredients into a bowl. Apply to skin before bed for 20 minutes 1-3 times per week. Rinse thoroughly.

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Pro tip: turmeric stains! Make sure you rinse your face and sink thoroughly after use. There is also a possibilty of yellow tint to the skin for a few minutes, which is why we recommend wash the face with a cleanser after the mask.