This easy face mask recipe stars one extra-special ingredient you may not have tried…

When it comes to facial products, everyone from Sephora to Shiseido wants to sell you on their own version. Some of these claim to be made out of gold, others are allegedly bee venom-infused, and I’m pretty sure I saw one or two tout themselves as miracle unicorn dust-based facial confections that can not only ward off wrinkles, but also generate world peace and cure cancer.

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If you’re someone who skeptically raises an eyebrow at the idea of dropping $60 on a jar of whipped preservatives, I’m with you. In lieu of perfume- and sodium hyaluronate-packed products, make your own easy face mask out of healthy, whole, cheap ingredients. When it comes to the products you put in your body, you know that fresher is almost always better: vegetables and fruits from the produce section are usually better for you than the canned versions. The same is typically true for products you use to revive your skin, too—go with healthy, whole, natural ingredients for face masks that are both cheaper and fresh than store-bought.

This easy face mask recipe is suitable for all skin types, provided you don’t have an allergy to any of the ingredients.

Turmeric-Infused Yogurt Face Mask Recipe

1/2 cup yogurt

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 tablespoon honey (you can warm this in the microwave for 20 seconds to make it incorporate well)

Whisk ingredients in a bowl until combined, smooth evenly across freshly-washed skin (avoiding the eye area), and leave on for 20 minutes before washing off.

Behind-the-Face-Mask Notes:

-Use full-fat yogurt. While you may always opt for 2% at breakfast, a whole-milk yogurt actually has more good-for-your-skin vitamins than its low-fat or fat-free counterparts. This stuff packs a one-two punch of acid and enzymes, making it the ideal base for combating everything from acne to wrinkles.

-Olive oil can help build up the skin’s moisture barrier to prevent moisture loss from occurring, which can help plump up fine lines and prevent wrinkles from deepening.

-Turmeric is a spice common in Indian cooking, but it’s just as good applied topically as it is ingested. Known for its brilliant, golden hue, this member of the ginger family is incredibly good for your skin. Filled with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, turmeric will soothe your skin and can help heal scars and acne.

-Honey, a natural antioxidant that can help your skin fight damaging UV rays, plays well with all the others, and acts as a binding agent, keeping this mask from being too slippery.

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