According to Dermatologist, Leslie Baumann, M.D., many spices contain powerful antioxidants that help guard against skin damage caused by sun exposure. Antioxidants are also great additions to your diet for general disease prevention and maintenance of health.
I've listed the 10 best spices and herbs with regards to skin below:
- Fennel:This root, with its slight licorice flavor, is especially good for sensitive skin; it
decreases redness and irritation and can help minimize sensitivity caused by sun exposure, says dermatologist Leslie Baumann of Miami Beach, Florida.
- Cloves: Dentists traditionally have used clove oil as a numbing agent. Applied to skin, it has antimicrobial properties that make it an effective cleanser, says Valori Treloar, a board-certified dermatologist in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The inviting scent is another bonus.
- Pepper: Pepper is a star performer in scrubs and massage oils because of its talent for increasing blood flow and circulation.
- Tumeric:Turmeric's active ingredient is curcumin, which has potential anti-cancer properties, according to recent studies (in cultures, not yet on human skin): It causes damaged cells to self-destruct more readily, Valori Treloar says. It is also a new and exiting anti-aging ingredient in cosmetics!
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon warms skin when applied, so it's often found in soaks and rubs. (Be aware that it can irritate sensitive skin.) a half teaspoon of cinnamon every day significantly reduced the level of blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes. In addition, the same study found that cinnamon was able to reduce triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in the same study participants. People who eat cinnamon regularly report fewer urinary tract infections. Cinnamon has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. It is useful in relieving arthritic pain.. It is also a blood thinner and may be useful in the promotion of circulation. This may be why people use it for menstrual cramps. Cinnamon is both stimulating to the olfactory’s as well as to the blood circulation, granting it the ability to draw nutrients and oxygen to the skin and use its antibacterial properties to eliminate pimples.
- cayenne, paprika– in other words, the capsicums. These spices have characteristically rich, red and brown colors and are a source of vitamin A and C. In fact, two teaspoons of cayenne (or 3.52 grams) contain nearly 30 percent of your daily recommendation of vitamin A. Vitamins A and C are antioxidents which absorb free radicals that break down your skin’s collagen (collagen is what keeps your skin plump and firm). Your skin’s ability to produce collagen begins to decline in your early twenties. Free radicals are produced by UV light, smoking and other pollutants. Research from 2007 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that vitamin C-rich foods may help prevent wrinkling and age-related dryness.
- Thyme: An antibacterial. Bacterial infections can range from a common sore throat to potentially deadly pneumonia. Studies have shown that thyme can kill MSRA bacteria, which lead to staph. infections. Additionally, extracts of thyme are used in mouthwashes to treat inflammations and in cough drops to treat throat infections.
- Nutmeg: Nutmeg has anti-inflammatory properties and was used since ancient times for a variety of skin diseases including ringworms and eczema. Add it with honey which has antiseptic benefits and the concoction is supposed to help erase acne marks over time. It is also supposed to help lighten skin tone.
- Ginger A ginger treatment can renew the overall radiance of your skin - imparting that proverbial healthy glow. This spicy root has the ability to improve skin tone, fight blemishes and lighten age spots.
- Cumin: Cumin seed oil is high in vitamin E, and has anti microbial properties. It can be used as a moisturizer or for treating skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.