From seasonal décor to boosting recipes and drinks, spices take center stage in welcoming in the cooler months. But did you know that they can also deliver some very serious benefits to your skin? Here’s what you need to sprinkle now:
This very familiar spice has been proven to help control blood sugar levels, contains antimicrobial properties, and, according to celebrity aesthetician Mandy Epley, the scent alone can even help to boost brain function.
When applied to skin: “If you were to cut yourself, grab your cinnamon out of the kitchen cupboard and sprinkle a bit on the wound,” Epley says. “It’s known to kill bacteria and help prevent infections.”
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Known as one of the most complex and expensive spices, saffron has a history that’s laden with medicinal properties, as it’s often used in modern Chinese medicine. “Saffron also reduces lactic acid buildup, which is good for measles, skin, scarlet fever and perspiration,” Epley says.
When applied to skin: Again, this is a spice that racks up popularity for having antibacterial benefits. Epley’s tip: Soak saffron strands in milk for some time, then apply to your face for 20 minutes and rinse. “Doing this monthly helps to revive a dull complexion.”
According to celebrity nutritionist David Allen, turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent. “It is also a natural liver detoxifier and anti-inflammatory.”
When applied to skin: Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, Epley says this is one ingredient that can be helpful in reducing the inflammation that often comes along with acne. “To reduce swelling and redness of mild acne in darker skin types, you can mix turmeric and lemon juice into a paste and use it as a spot treatment,” she says. “Lighter skin types may see a bit of a stain on their skin for a day from the orange-colored spice.”
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