Turmeric is a bright yellow spice used in many Indian, Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern dishes, but what many Western don't know is that when combined with yogurt, milk or olive oil, it's also a brilliant face mask. Indian women use it as a skin brightener and it's common practice for Indian brides (and, apparently, their grooms) to smear a turmeric paste made of the powder and sunflower oil on their skin to brighten their complexions for the wedding.
This face mask recipe is adapted from popular ones used in India and other Southeastern Asian countries. Fair warning however, while this powder will brighten dark skin tones, it will stain light skin. The staining goes away after a few hours so you may want to try this at night-time if you have light skin.