BEAUTY

Spices For Your Youthful Skin

Hello! My Tribe,

Let’s talk about spicing our life today a little more.Many of us enjoy making our food 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. Blemishes and fine lines can wreak havoc with our self-confidence, and for some of us this can take over our lives. We avoid dates, work – anything that makes us leave the house. And when we do leave the house, we make sure we have the make-up on. But then why live this way when the secret to a healthier skin is lying in your spice rack? Today I’m gonna tell you about 5 super spicy spices that are good for your skin and are rich in essential nutrients, antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory agents. So let’s take a look at five most commonly used spices that are good for your skin.

Turmeric
Turmeric has been in the limelight for dietary reasons but did you also know that it can do wonders for your skin? Traditionally known as Indian saffron because of its deep yellow-orange color, turmeric provides amazing healing benefits, not just inside the body, but for your skin. Indian brides have long used turmeric body scrubs and face masks to purify and cleanse their bodies as well as for a healthy glow by brightening their skin right before their weddings. Turmeric can benefit your skin as a home remedy for acne, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes. It also reduces skin inflammation due to being high in antioxidants and slows down cell damage. It can also help reduce pigmentation and even out skin tone. Well, what do you think makes turmeric work so well? Turmeric has shown significant anti-inflammatory activity because of its volatile oil and its yellow or orange pigment, which is called curcumin, which is a phytonutrient that contains anti-inflammatory properties. This nutrient is comparable to many drugs on the market today, but unlike drugs, curcumin produces no toxicity. A turmeric face mask is an excellent exfoliating agent and very easy to make right at home.

Cinnamon
We use cinnamon abundantly in our foods to add flavor, but for years now people have been using this spice to also treat various skin ailments and disorders. And the best part is that it can be used in all forms, as a powder, oil and even a mask. In India, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and other South East Asian countries, cinnamon is part of their medicine cabinet too. Only lately the world has woken up to the immense benefits of this natural spice. Cinnamon powder and cinnamon oil have been found to offer anti-parasitic, antifungal, antiseptic and antibacterial properties according to animal and test tube studies. Cinnamon included in foods can also improve skin tone. For example, add a tablespoon cinnamon to various foods in a day can provide us with a good source of fibre. This eliminates waste products from the body, thereby flushing out toxins from the skin and improving skin tone. So drinking a smoothie with a dash of cinnamon powder is a great idea if you want to eliminate bacteria that causes acne and other skin conditions. Cinnamon helps with aging. As we age, collagen in our skin starts to break down, leading to signs of ageing. Cinnamon can increase collagen production, and can thus slow down the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also stimulates blood vessels and increases blood circulation in your face. Cinnamon could also be used to fight vaginal and oral yeast infections caused by the Candida Albicans fungus. It could also be used to get rid of head lice.

Pepper
When we are talking about pepper, we could easily say that things are gonna get hot. The small black spice is a powerhouse, when it comes to benefits. Pepper, when mixed with other ingredients and applied on the skin can loosen up the pores and facilitate the removal of blackheads and acne. No wonder it’s such a hot remedy for clear skin. Black pepper is also an ultimate medicine from Vitiligo, the skin disease wherein the skin acquires white patches. Research has shown that the piperine content of pepper can help the skin produce pigments necessary to treat this condition. Pepper paste can be applied tropically on the affected areas and the region can be subjected to ultra violet radiation. Pepper can also counteract the effects of infrared radiation on the skin and thus help minimize the chances of skin cancer.

Ginger
Ginger has some awesome beauty benefits. Eating ginger can help fight wrinkles! The food is packed with the super-foodiness of anti-oxidants, which reduce toxins in skin cells while increasing blood circulation, helping to reduce the appearance of ageing. Not only is ginger great for anti-ageing, it can also help with spots and imperfections. Ginger contains powerful antiseptic and cleansing qualities, minimising the rate of spot and acne formation by actively killing bacteria on the skin’s surface and deep inside the pores. While cleaning, fighting blemishes and making your skin more radiant, ginger also gets to work on toning your skin. If you have scarred areas that are slightly lighter in pigmentation than the rest of your skin, a piece of fresh ginger can really make a difference.

Garlic
The beauty benefits of garlic include anti-ageing. Allicin, an organic compound present in garlic destroys some of the harmful free radicals that cause skin cell damage. Sulphur is also present in garlic, which fights wrinkles by producing collagen. Garlic also comprises polyphenols, which are very protective of the skin. When some garlic pods are crushed and the juice of the same is added to one of your face masks, it will prevent premature ageing and will give added goodness to the skin. Moreover, acne scars and pimple scars that are always left behind after acne breakout can be faded away with the help of garlic.

Have you been using any of these spices for your skin? What is your feedback. Share with me and my tribe.

Love and health

Uma


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I am Uma - entrepreneur, award winning television personality,philanthropist and an eternal optimist dedicated to helping you liveyour dreams by bringing daily insights, fitness inspiration, cleaneating and beauty and wellness resources.Join me in this space and lets start this beautiful journey together.

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