If you like it spicy, then this post is for you because we’re diving into all the best herbs for your skin.
Spices have been used as natural medicine and healing for centuries. Of course, they are also well known for their signature aromas and flavours. But did you know that they are equally as effective at flavoring your food as they are at fighting premature aging?
Spices are one of our favourite things to add to DIY skin care recipes because there are so many to choose from and they have a variety of benefits. Not to mention the fun scents and interesting properties that can help you do everything from clear acne to reduce the signs of aging.
If you’re starting to see the signs of premature aging then you’ll definitely want to add these 5 spices to your daily routine.
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This spice is harvested from the buds of evergreen trees that are primarily located in Indonesia, Madagascar, India, Zanzibar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Back in the day, they were most commonly used by dentists to numb a patient’s mouth, but they also have great skin beautifying properties.
When used in facial cleansers, their antimicrobial properties make them a great ingredient for fighting against acne and providing a deep, warm cleanse.
Known for its licorice scent, this root is great for sensitive skin. The natural properties in fennel reduce inflammation and redness and are also effective in soothing sunburned skin.
To combat oily skin you can use this spice to both purify and tone. All you have to do is crush 2 tablespoons of fennel seeds and mix them with buttermilk. Allow them to boil down together for 30 minutes then strain out the seeds. Once cool, apply to your face as you would any other cleanser.
The best way to boil down this cleanser is via a double-burner, but if you don’t have this place a smaller pot in a large pot full of boiling water. This way the buttermilk won’t burn from direct heat.
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Pepper is a great spice for increasing blood flow and circulation which leads to brigther, clearer looking skin. Cayenne pepper is my personal favourite and it can be used in massage oils and scrubs or consumed to see results.
For a skin refreshing scrub, mix 1 part salt and pepper to 3 parts olive oil or yogurt. Mix it up then slather it all over your body and gentle exfoliate away all those dead skin cells clogging your pores.
If you have skin sensitivities stick with black pepper. Cayenne may cause irritation.
The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin. Recent studies have shown that this ingredient is known to fight cancer. Most commonly, this spice is used to battle against dark spots, blemishes and reduce puffiness and redness from acne-inflamed skin.
To simply give your face a boost, make this skin brightening mask. Mix together 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons gram flour (don’t worry, it’s G-Free!) and a few drops of honey and fresh lemon juice. Let it sit on your face and neck for 20 minutes then rinse off for instantly brighter looking skin.
Check out another amazing turmeric face mask here!
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This spice is a wonderful source of vitamin A and calcium; both increase blood flow to help offset the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is also quite effective in battling varicose veins.
To benefit from this spice, just boil a few leaves in 1 cup of water and use this sage water like a toner.
So simple. So cheap. So effective!