10 Interesting Spices That Are Good For Your Skin
Many of us enjoy making our dishes more exciting by adding spices. But did you know that spices can also help to bring out your skin’s healthy glow?
Your skin is your largest organ. It’s not always easy to take good care of it so that it’s always looking awesome. And when it isn’t looking at its best, it can really knock your confidence.
After all, everyone can see your skin, no matter how hard you try to cover it up. Blemishes and fine lines can wreak havoc with our self-confidence, and for some this can take over their lives. We avoid dates, work – anything that makes us leave the house.
And when do leave the house, we make sure we’re properly covered up. This is no way at all to live.
Spices are good for your skin because are rich in essential nutrients, antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory agents. As well as taking good care of your skin, spices also promote better, healthier hair as a bonus.
But which spices are the best for reducing redness, soothing eczema or combating wrinkles? Let’s take a look at 10 interesting spices that are good for your skin.
Chamomile is one of the most popular teas at the moment and for good reason. But as well as relaxing your mind and reducing stress, chamomile is also good for your skin. In particular, it’s very good at healing beard burn.
If you’ve ever passionately kissed a man with a beard (and who doesn’t have a beard these days?) you’ll know that it comes with consequences for your skin: It can leave a trail of evidence, from patches of redness to irritation. It can even cause annoying itchiness! Hmm.
So what do you do?
You could tell him to shave his beard, but that seems awfully mean. So instead, you could steep a chamomile tea bag in some hot water, before leaving it to chill. Then, apply it to any affected area on your skin. Relief should be near instant.
So the next time he comes at you with his lips and bush, make sure you’ve got some chamomile at the ready!
Witch hazel comes from the witch hazel shrub, which you will find in North America. If you’ve never heard of it before, know this – millions are already using it to treat and prevent acne.
This is because the leaves and bark of the witch hazel shrub contain anti-inflammatory agents that soothe inflammation.
Cinnamon is great when sprinkled on tea, adding a kick like nothing else. But as well as drinking something for its taste, we should also consume things for their health benefits – and cinnamon has plenty of them.
Cinnamon is great for your skin. Unlike a few of the remedies on this list, you don’t have to smear it on any affected areas – you just need to enjoy it in your warm drink. Lovely!
Top tip: Don’t use cinnamon that has been in your cupboard for months or years. Buy it new. It will be more potent!
Turmeric contains curcumin, an antioxidant that brightens your skin and can treat acne. Add it to your moisturiser for effective results.
Aloe vera just HAD to be on this list!
It’s commonly known that aloe vera is good for your skin. So if you aren’t already applying it as a gel, why aren’t you? It’s an excellent moisturiser.
Nutritionists and dieticians all around the world agree that we should add garlic to at least one meal each day. That sounds like a lot, but garlic is just so wonderful and comes with many health benefits.
And looking after your skin and hair is one of them.
Garlic might not smell so good on your breath, but it works wonders for thinning hair. Without the right nutrients, your hair follicles will lose their thickness. This isn’t cool.
Eat more garlic for stronger hair and skin.
Not everyone enjoys green tea. This is a given and I understand. But green tea has a remarkable amount of health benefits, and it moreover looks after your skin.
And if you can’t get used to the admittedly bland taste, there are now flavoured green teas that you might like, and which still come with the same amount of health benefits.
For better skin, green tea is the second best drink to turn to (after water, of course). This is because it is rich in catechins, which are antioxidants that slow down the ageing process. This means you can say goodbye to old-looking skin, and hello once more to that youthful glow.
Green tea, when applied topically, can also protect you against sun damage, as well as improv the speed at which your wounds heal. In future, try applying a layer of green tea on top of your layer of sunscreen. It will help.
Like green tea – and perhaps a lot of the spices on this list – hot peppers are not going to be enjoyed by everyone. But they are yet another fab way of looking after your skin.
Hot spices include the likes of jalapeño, cayenne, paprika and chili. They’re not here simply to destroy your mouth cells and burn your alive – they’re also here to maintain your skin’s integrity! Yay.
This is because are rich in vitamins A and C, both of which flush free radicals from your body, thereby promoting the presence of more collagen.
And remember – the more colourful the hot peppers are, the more beneficial they are.
(and probably the hotter they are – damn!)
Some people love the smell of lavender, and others hate it. If you love it, you’re in for a treat because lavender soothes skin, prevents wrinkles and promotes healing.
It also promotes new skin cell growth and can treat many skin problems, including acne and eczema.
Ginger is not just marvellous for your stomach, it’s also a godsend for your skin. It boosts tone and fights blemishes.
You can apply ginger topically for best results. Cut a few slices up, before gently rubbing them over affected areas.