Put down the moisturizer!聽The real聽trick to a gorgeous complexion may have more to do with what鈥檚 in your kitchen cupboards than what鈥檚 inside your beauty bag. According to聽Nina Curtis, Executive Chef at the Ranch at Live Oak (the fitness retreat where A-listers like Mandy Moore and Bobbi Brown go to detox and revive),聽whipping up this super easy, caffeine-free turmeric 鈥渃hai鈥 could be your ticket to a fresh face. Turmeric has long been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat skin conditions, and scientific research confirms its impressive anti-inflammatory (anti-aging) properties. It also has antifungal and antibacterial powers (all equating to聽skin that glows).聽Bottoms up!



鈥 1 (2-inch) piece cinnamon stick

鈥 6 cardamom pods

鈥 3 1/2 ounces unpeeled fresh organic turmeric root

鈥 8 cups almond milk

鈥 About 8 teaspoons organic raw agave nectar, raw coconut nectar or raw honey


1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water, cinnamon and cardamom. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.

2. Place the turmeric root in a blender, add slightly cooled聽spice mixture and pulse briefly until the turmeric and spices are finely chopped. Let stand until cooled.

3. Strain the turmeric-spice infusion through a fine-mesh sieve into a glass jar, pressing firmly on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible; discard the solids.

4. For each serving, in a glass combine 1 cup almond milk, 1 tablespoon turmeric-spice infusion, and 1 teaspoon favorite sweetener: raw agave nectar, coconut nectar or honey. Stir and blend.

Bonus: The fresh turmeric isn鈥檛 the only complexion-curing聽ingredient in this beautifying beverage. Cinnamon helps to increase blood circulation, giving you that gorgeous just-out-of-a-facial glow. The cardamom is an antioxidant that works to promote healthier skin. Enjoy this delicious drink hot or cold.

What skincare recipes do you swear by to improve your skin? Share your favorites in the comment section below!