Spices can do a whole lot more for us than simply flavor our food. These potent pantry staples can also double as weapons in the fight against acne, loose skin, and winter-weary complexions. Read on for three ways to incorporate spices, including paprika, ginger, and cinnamon, into your beauty arsenal to get gorgeous by Christmas!
Got blemishes? Reach for Paprika
Paprika’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agents reduce redness and kill bacteria associated with breakouts. Mix 1 tsp. of paprika ($2.09, Amazon) with 1⁄2 Tbs. of Greek yogurt ($4.49, Amazon Prime Pantry) — its probiotics work to calm skin. Dab the blend onto affected spots, then let it sit for five minutes before rinsing. Use daily for results in seven days.
Have a double chin? Use Ginger
Ginger’s warming properties encourage the lymph system to flush away retained fluids that lead to bloating around the neck area. For an instant slimming effect, mix 1 Tbs. of ginger root powder ($9.74, Amazon) and 1 Tbs. of coconut oil ($7.79, Amazon) together and massage from your jaw down the sides of your neck for one minute. Rinse with vigor.
Experiencing sallow skin? Try Cinnamon
Cinnamon’s cinnamaldehyde stimulates circulation to give skin a fresh, radiant flush. To see a difference in minutes, combine 1 tsp. of cinnamon ($6.39, Amazon) with 2 Tbs. of honey ($9.35, Amazon), which locks in moisture, and massage onto damp skin. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.
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