As if turmeric didn’t have enough talents on its résumé, it’s also a pro at soothing facial redness and inflammation—fast.
That’s why celebrity skin doc Nigma Talib turns to the buzzy root when her clients—think Kate Bosworth and Sienna Miller—have red-carpet moments on the horizon. Her anti-inflammatory weapons of choice: turmeric-infused ice cubes applied topically. Think of this genius trick as cryotherapy for the complexion. (It’s part of a larger two-week protocol that she shared with Well+Good.)
Of course, turmeric can stain the skin, so you shouldn’t try this right before a big-deal event. But when executed a few days in advance, Talib swears icing will clear up puffiness and irritation like a dream. Golden lattes, you’ve met your match.
Scroll down for this skin-saving turmeric ice cube recipe.
Dr. Nigma Talib’s De-Puffing Turmeric Ice Cubes
Yields 1 tray of ice cubes
3/4 cup aloe vera juice
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp turmeric root
1. Place ingredients in a blender and combine until smooth.
2. Pour the turmeric mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze.
3. Once frozen, wrap all the ice cubes in a washcloth and massage them over your skin until they’re melted. Alternatively, ice the skin with one cube a day for maintenance.