Coconut Oil and Turmeric for Skin

(Face Mask Recipes) Coconut Oil and Turmeric for Skin Care

Skin care is something that many of us are interested in. Are you too looking for new ways and recipes for an improved skin tone and aspect? When it comes to potent and effective ingredients, two of them really stand out. I’m talking about using Coconut oil and Turmeric for skin care.

In this post, you’ll find out about:

  • The pros and cons of Coconut oil for skin care.
  • The pros and cons of Turmeric essential oil and powder.
  • Best ways to use both of them.
  • Skin preparation tips before applying a facial mask.
  • Coconut oil and Turmeric recipes for different skin types, and directions to use.
  • Other remedies and recipes for skin care and hair removal with Coconut and Turmeric.


Coconut Oil and Turmeric for Skin, Pros & Cons and How to Use Them


Our skin starts out strong. When we’re young, the skin is very elastic and produces a lot of collagen and elastin. As we age (after 30), these processes slowly start to slow down. The sun is a major cause of premature aging.


It produces free radicals that attack the skin’s healthy cells and cause it damage. Small amounts of these free radicals are produced by the body too. The purpose is to neutralize bacteria and viruses and prevent infections.


Being the largest organ, the skin usually suffers from many diseases. Whether it’s acne, eczema or dryness, it needs to be protected. In our days, we all care about the aspect of our complexion. A healthy, glowing and clear skin gives the impression of health and trust.


It’s no wonder we all want to have a better skin. The cosmetic industry is enormous. That’s why many companies pay good money for advanced research on natural beauty products.


Two very important beauty products today are Coconut oil and turmeric. There’s a lot of literature about these two ingredients, should you want to know even more.


If you want to know why so many women use turmeric and Coconut oil for skin care, now’s your chance. I will begin with Coconut oil and talk about its pros and cons, and then continue with turmeric products. This’ll help you understand some of the recipes and their uses.


Coconut Oil for Skin

Botanical name: Cocos nucifera.

Coconut Oil and Turmeric for Skin Care


  • Coconut oil is about 50% Lauric acid. Other fatty acids found in the oil are capric, myristic, linoleic and caprylic. Lauric acid has been tested for many skin diseases. It has very strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. One study tested it in vitro (lab) and in vivo (mouse ears) to see its effects against P. acnes. The results showed that Lauric acid was stronger than benzoyl peroxide!  In other words, Coconut oil is great for acne. It can diminish the inflammation and stop the bacteria from spreading.
  • Lauric acid kills fungi, bacteria, and some viruses too. It enters the body through skin or ingestion easily. It is then processed and transformed into monolaurin. Monolaurin is a lot more active and efficient. It’s not known exactly how much monolaurin certain amounts of Coconut oil produces. But we do know that, once it’s inside our bodies, it is always efficient. This shows how useful is Coconut oil for skin problems like eczema, acne, ringworm, etc.
  • The oil can soothe skin redness and itching. It can also nourish, restore and strengthen the protective barrier of the skin.
  • The oil of Coconut can be used as a mild sunscreen. With an SPF 8, the oil can protect your skin against 20% UV rays. With such a low SPF, it works for a limited short amount of time though. That time is about 2 hours.
  • Coconut oil for skin is also rich in polyphenols. Evidence shows that they are great free radicals scavengers (antioxidants). This means it can protect from sun damage and prevent premature aging.
  • Besides polyphenols, Coconut oil also contains vitamin E. This vitamin is oily, thus oil-soluble and has strong antioxidant properties as well.
  • The oil promotes cell regeneration and speeds up scar healing.
  • The fragrance of Coconut oil is very mild but tasty and exotic. Using it for skin care makes for a really nice experience.
  • It can be used to remove makeup, to give the skin a smooth feeling and glowing aspect. It can be used as an acne treatment, eczema relief or anti-aging ingredient.



  • The oil is solid at room temperature. This may make it harder to handle, especially when trying to make a blend. However, it melts very fast once you touch it or put it on a double boiler.
  • As far as its comedogenic rating goes, Coconut oil is a 4. The scale runs from 0 (totally non-comedogenic) to 5 (very comedogenic). Non-comedogenic is a term that describes the ability of emollients to not clog the pores. Clogged pores lead to more acne. Pure vegetable oils, can be comedogenic or non-comedogenic. In theory, if you have oily or combination skin, Coconut oil can cause breakouts. In practice though, it depends on how much you use and how often. Read more about the best non-comedogenic oils.
  • It’s a nut oil, which means that people with nut allergies can’t use it. Test the oil on a small skin area before using it first.


Why I like it:

Coconut oil is simply great at everything. It can be used as it is, applied directly to the skin. Or it can be mixed with essential oils and powders like turmeric. Its effects will be more potent this way. It smells great and it can also be consumed. You can use Coconut oil for skin problems like keratosis pilaris, eczema, acne, ringworm, etc.

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Turmeric Essential Oil for Skin

Botanical name: Curcuma longa.

Turmeric and Coconut Oil for Skin Care


  • The rhizomes of the Curcuma longa plant has a good yield of essential oil. Thus, through steam distillation, we get Turmeric essential oil. Turmeric oil and Coconut oil can be mixed very easily, for potent skin care results.
  • The aromatic oil is very high in volatile constituents. They are ar-curcumene, ar-tumerone, and curlone among others. Curcumin is the most popular and intensely studied constituent of turmeric. It has many impressive qualities, but it is not found in the aromatic oil. It can be very hard to dissolve curcumin in oil, it dissolves a bit better in water.
  • Studies reveal that Turmeric essential oil is highly anti-inflammatory. This is a helpful ability in dealing with inflamed acne.
  • The oil is also a very good antioxidant, which helps with premature aging. Thus, the oil can also be used to improve the aspect of deep wrinkles.
  • The oil can help the skin regenerate and speed up healing. It can also relieve pain, especially in cystic acne.
  • Turmeric essential oil combines well with Coconut oil to prevent DNA damage from UV rays.
  • You can also use this aromatic oil for relief from itching, redness, and sunburns.



  • The high content of turmerone in this oil is considered an abortifacient. This means it can cause miscarriage.
  • Used in large amounts (and over long periods of time), the oil of Turmeric can also be toxic to the nervous system. This means you should not use it on children without medical approval.
  • Avoid its use if you have asthma or epilepsy. It’s best to seek medical advice first, before trying Turmeric oil.


Why I like it:

The oil smells like the spice: spicy and woody, even herbaceous. Turmeric oil is considered an aphrodisiac, but it is most efficient against rheumatism pain. It can also boost digestion and prevent infection with intestinal parasites.

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Turmeric Powder for Skin

The turmeric powder is basically the spice used for cooking. It has a different chemical composition than the essential oil. The powder is finely ground from the turmeric or Curcuma roots and shoots.


Turmeric is related to ginger, both being part of the same plant family: Zingiberaceae. Turmeric powder is very rich in curcumin (diferuloyl methane). The powder contains:

  • Minerals
  • Fibers
  • Proteins
  • Fat
  • Moisture
  • Carbohydrates
  • Volatile essential oils (3 – 7%)
  • Non-volatile curcuminoids (curcumin and others: 1 – 6%)



Coconut Oil and Turmeric Powder for Acne-Free Skin


Turmeric Powder for Acne and Skin Care (Benefits):
  • The curcumin in turmeric powder can positively affect the function and health of the skin. Turmeric powder can be used for acne, alopecia, and photoaging. It can also help with psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and vitiligo.
  • It can reduce the healing time of wounds. Turmeric powder can restore the vascular network in the affected tissue.
  • The powder boosts collagen production and improves the aspect of mature skin.
  • The powder can also reduce tissue inflammation. It also stops the damaging action of free radicals.
  • Most importantly, turmeric powder is a good skin whitening agent. Studies show that curcumin can inhibit skin pigmentation (melanogenesis).


As you can see, you can safely use turmeric and Coconut oil for acne treatments.


Now the question is, does turmeric stain the skin? Yes, it does. Turmeric stains the skin for a moment, but it can be removed with a bit of Coconut oil.


It can also stain fabrics, which makes the stain removal quite difficult. Therefore, you’re advised to always wear an old t-shirt or a towel when you apply turmeric face masks. Curcumin is a strong yellow pigment that stains.


So, can Turmeric and Coconut oil be used in a face mask? Yes, they can. You can use both Coconut oil and turmeric for skin care, for the above-mentioned reasons.


How to Use Coconut and Turmeric for Skin Care

Luckily, all these skincare ingredients can be mixed together for more effective results. Do you want to use Coconut oil with Turmeric essential oil? You must necessarily dilute the Turmeric essence.


For face blends or masks, you can mix 6 – 8 drops of EO per Oz Coconut oil. This one can be hydrogenated (always liquid) or pure, butter-like at room temperature.


Are you in the mood for a face mask? Nothing easier! You can simply mix turmeric powder with Coconut oil and apply it for a few minutes on a clean skin.


The same paste can be used locally, applied directly on the acne infected area. Wash it gently with lukewarm water or tea and your skin will look cleaner and purer.


A turmeric and Coconut oil mask has many benefits. All of them can benefit your skin, regardless of what the problem is. Next, you’ll get to pick a face mask recipe and try it out for yourself.


Skin Care and Beauty Solutions with Coconut Oil and Turmeric Face Masks


Coconut Oil and Turmeric Face Mask & Recipes, plus Directions to Use


All good face masks need to be applied the proper way. The proper way is on a clean, damp skin so the pores can absorb more of the nutrients of the ingredients.


Skin Preparation Tips Before Applying a Face Mask
  • Remove all makeup with Coconut oil. Dab a few drops on your complexion or on the tips of your fingers. Massage it over the makeup and it’ll slowly dissolve. Wipe it off with a cotton pad (twice, to make sure you’ve got all the residue).
  • Spray some floral water, mineral water or herbal tea on the face and wipe it off again. Here, you can also make a facial steam bath with a drop or two of essential oil. It’s optional though.
  • Put on an old t-shirt so you don’t get stains. Now your face is ready for a turmeric and Coconut oil mask.
What are the benefits of a turmeric and Coconut oil mask?
  • Your skin will look whiter and brighter.
  • Scars will diminish.
  • Acne wounds will heal faster.
  • Acne won’t spread anymore.
  • Inflammation and painful cysts will also diminish.
  • The aspect of wrinkles and fine lines will look much better.


Now that you have the benefits of a turmeric and Coconut oil face mask, we can get down to mixing.


Coconut and Turmeric Powder Face Mask

You’ll need:

  • Turmeric powder: 1 tsp.
  • Coconut oil: 1 tbsp.
  • Lemon juice: ½ tsp.


Mix the ingredients in a glass or ceramic recipient. Let it rest for 20 – 30 minutes, so the ingredients can mix and maturate. Heat the mask for a few seconds (make sure it doesn’t burn!) and apply on a clean, damp face.


Leave it on for 15 – 20 minutes, or until it hardens. Remove the mask with lukewarm water and pat dry with a paper towel.


Turmeric and Coconut oil, plus the lemon juice can lighten the skin. Keep this in mind during summer periods, if you don’t want to lose your tan too fast. You should also not go sunbathing for 24 – 48 hours after using it. Lemon is phototoxic.


Coconut & Turmeric Power! Anti-Acne Face Mask

You’ll need:

  • Turmeric powder: 1 tsp.
  • Turmeric essential oil: 1 drop
  • Coconut oil: 1 tbsp.
  • Honey (raw): 1 tsp.


Mix all ingredients together and warm it before use. This mask can be applied locally, on the affected area(s) or the whole face. Rinse with warm water and let the skin breathe afterward. I don’t recommend following up with other serums or lotions.


Coconut Oil and Turmeric for Skin


Curcuma and Turmeric Face Mask for Black Spots

You’ll need:

  • Turmeric powder: 1 tsp.
  • Rice flour: 1 tsp.
  • Coconut oil: 1 tsp.
  • Yogurt: 1 tsp.
  • Manuka honey: 1 tsp.


Make a paste out of all these ingredients and apply on concerned areas. Leave it on for 20 minutes and remove with lukewarm water. This mask can be applied once a week until the black spots disappear.


Other Turmeric and Coconut Oil Remedies

There are lots of benefits when using Coconut oil and turmeric for the skin. But these two ingredients can also help with hair care and dark undereye circles.


Turmeric and Coconut Oil for Hair Removal

You’ll need:

  • Coconut oil: 1 tsp.
  • Turmeric powder: ½ tsp.
  • Chickpea flour: 1 tbsp.


Make your paste and apply on the unwanted hair. Leave it there until it hardens, then peel it off with wet fingers. Rinse off with lukewarm water. The turmeric can shrink the hair follicles and the paste itself can pluck the hairs out.


You can also add turmeric powder to a tsp. of milk and vegetable gelatin. Apply it while warm and liquid enough. This makes a peel-off mask that also plucks out unwanted hair.


Coconut Oil and Turmeric for Skin (Face Masks)


Turmeric and Coconut Oil for Stretch Marks

You’ll need:

  • Turmeric powder: 2 tsp.
  • Turmeric essential oil: 5 drops
  • Grapefruit essential oil: 10 drops
  • Coconut oil: 2 tsp.
  • Macadamia oil: 2 tsp.


Mix this paste well and apply on the stretch marks. Optionally, you can also wrap the skin in some plastic wraps to keep it all tight and warm.


Warmth makes it easier for the ingredients to absorb. Otherwise, leave the paste on for 20 – 30 minutes and rinse. You can repeat as many times as needed until the stretch marks diminish.


Coconut Oil and Turmeric for Dark Circles

You’ll need:

  • Coconut oil: 1 tsp.
  • Turmeric powder: 1 tsp.
  • Lemon juice: 2 drops (optional)


Make your paste and apply only to the dark circles. Rinse off gently, without rubbing, after 20 minutes.


We know that turmeric has skin whitening properties. Both turmeric and Coconut oil are anti-inflammatory and improve the microcirculation. They’re also safe for the sensitive eye area. Aromatic oils should not be used on the skin around the eyes. They can irritate them, cause excess tearing, blinking, tissue damage, etc.


The lemon might sting if you touch the eyes though. You could also leave the lemon out if you prefer.  In other words, you can use this Coconut oil and turmeric for the skin around the eyes.



Now you know about the pros and cons of both Coconut oil and Turmeric. Whether it’s the essential oil or the powder, turmeric can be of use in a lot of situations. So does the Coconut oil.

Luckily, they’re both effective against many skin diseases and problems. Hopefully, one of my recipes with Coconut oil and turmeric for skin care has caught your eye. If you’ll be making a mask soon, I’d very much like to know what you thought about it.


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