Spices For Your Skin

Can you really get better skin from herbs and spices? In one word, yes! Spices and herbs are natural wonders that may be the secret to your successful skin care regimen. Many spices contain high levels of anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory agents and nutrients that are beneficial for your skin and hair.

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They also contain potent digestive aids that can heal your stomach and drive down systemic inflammation, which can lead to a wide variety of chronic illnesses including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

So here are ingredients that can boost your beauty routine, fight wrinkles, keep your skin glowing and at the same time heal you from the inside out:

CINNAMON. Cinnamon contains anti-oxidants that fight skin damage. When used externally, cinnamon creates a stimulus so strong that it draws blood to the surface of the skin, speeding up blood circulation which helps your skin to breathe and thereby eliminating acne. Just make a paste of it and apply it on the affected areas on the skin. When applied overall on the face, it will help in skin rejuvenation as it improves blood circulation. For an easy anti-oxidant boost, sprinkle some cinnamon on your coffee.

HOT PEPPERS and BLACK PEPPER. Chili, cayenne, jalapeño and paprika can help to defend your skin. According to Marti Wolfson, the culinary director at Blum Center for Health, says Vitamins A and C in peppers help combat free radicals, preventing the breakdown of collagen to maintain the integrity of our skin.”

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Peppers contain capsaicin which acts like a sunscreen to shield skin from damage caused by UV rays. Add peppers to your cooking to take advantage of all the healthy benefits. Black pepper is very good for ex-foliation and you make a powder of it and apply a paste on your acne marks and blemishes. It will help ex-foliate the affected skin and give it a clearer appearance. It can also help in clearing pimples. Mixing a little Greek yogurt with black pepper and applying it can be nourishing to your skin as well.

CUMIN. Cumin can prevent premature aging. Containing skin-nourishing vitamins E, cumin’s natural anti-oxidants help fight free radical damage that can lead to premature skin aging. This powerful spice also has disinfectant properties that can keep skin clear of toxins and infections, improving the health of your skin. It also has the added benefit of lowering blood sugar levels.

TURMERIC. Turmeric is one of the most well researched spices and has been used for thousands of years. It’s the leader of the anti-inflammatory spices because of its high concentration of curcumin, an anti-oxidant. Turmeric can also be used to treat conditions such as rosacea or eczema and it’s highly effective against acne due to its antibacterial properties. Ingestion of turmeric helps protect you against the harmful effects of UV radiation can which lead to the formation of wrinkles and dark spots.

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Research has shown that curcumin may also help fight melanoma when the affected skin is treated topically with turmeric. “Curcumin inhibits angiogenesis, which is the growth of blood vessels,” explains Susan Blum, MD, an integrative medical practitioner at Blum Center for Health. “A lot of cancer research is focused on ‘starving’ the cancer cells, and curcumin appears to be a potent inhibitor of tumor activity in animal studies.”

You can add turmeric to curries and sprinkle it over various foods. Add turmeric to deviled eggs, pasta, and potato salads, as well as hearty savory soups, chili, and brown rice. You can also mix turmeric with ginger to make a tasty, healthy tea. Additionally, you can take supplements or apply it topically on the skin.

NUTMEG. Nutmeg is a superfood for your face. Nutmeg has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities that also have acne and eczema reducing benefits. It also has a slight abrasive texture that makes it good for gentle skin ex-foliation. Nutmeg can stimulate hair growth, improve it’s shine and reduces oily skin. It also has anti-aging properties and is a powerful antioxidant that fights off free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for causing premature wrinkles and fine lines! Use an anti-aging nutmeg mask to firm your skin and fade away tiny wrinkles.

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