Did you know that your spice cabinet might be hiding the secret to younger-looking skin? It’s true! It turns out that many of the spices that help us whip up the perfect batch of cookies, chicken dishes, or skillet of fajitas can have serious benefits for the skin.
Too much sun exposure, a bad diet, excessive sugar intake, smoking, and drinking can all exacerbate the body’s natural aging process—but if you learn to incorporate a few of these time, honored spices into your beauty routine, you might find that you can combat even the most severe signs of aging.
If you haven’t heard of turmeric, you’re not alone. Not many people know this spice's name, but just about everyone, at least those of us who enjoy Indian food, is familiar with the taste and color.
It is a surprisingly yellowish-orange spice, with a smooth, almost dust-like texture that adds sweet and savory flavors to whatever meal it finds itself in.
It turns out that Turmeric is an excellent addition to curry, is also great for the skin. Tumeric detoxifies and is a super-efficient antioxidant.
When used in skincare, it can eliminate free radicals and draw impurities out of the skin and calm inflammation and improve circulation.
Turmeric can be added to food as a spice or a colorant, taken as a supplement, or used in skincare. Some cultures drink it as tea and use it for medicinal purposes. It contains curcumin, a very potent antioxidant. Plus, it has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe.
The benefits of cayenne pepper cannot be overstated. Even if you are not a fan of spicy foods, the capsaicin that cayenne contains is a powerful anti-inflammatory, making it perfect for puffy, aging skin.
It also invigorates the skin, drawing blood flow to the area. Increased circulation can improve the texture and color of your complexion. It can also help wash away impurities like age spots. And provides the nutrients that your face needs to generate a fresh, renewed layer.
Not just a topping for coffee and hot chocolate, cinnamon has been used in skincare for centuries. Real cinnamon—not the fake stuff that we often use here in American in place of the real cinnamon bark—has been widely used as a medicine throughout the world.
Like the other spices, it is both an anti-inflammatory agent and an antioxidant. It will also encourage improved circulation, which is ideal for improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It is also full of essential nutrients that are great for your complexion. It encourages healthy collagen that is uncross-linked, which can help your face become more elastic and resilient.
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Kari Thomas wrote this article.