We talk a lot about the things we use topically to improve our skin. But as we’ve written previously, what you eat and drink, and what kinds of medications you take can all have an effect on your skin. After all, the skin is a great reflector of overall health – so it’s best to take care of your skin from the inside as well as the outside.
We all know that drinking plenty of water and avoiding fatty and sugary food benefit our skin. But what people may not know is that there are several herbs and spices with known skin care benefits as well.
Chamomile is a natural anti-inflammatory, meaning it can reduce redness, itchiness, and swelling. And while using chamomile topically – as in Bel Mondo’s Calming Mask – can work wonders, drinking chamomile tea can also provide skin with the same anti-inflammatory benefits.
Long known as a spice used in Mexican and/or Indian food, Cumin also contains an abundance of Vitamin E – a superstar in skin care. Cumin’s antioxidants help fight the free radical damage that can lead to premature skin aging. Additionally, cumin has disinfectant properties that help keep skin clear from toxins and infections.
It’s both yummy and beneficial to the skin! Packed with antioxidants, cinnamon is a great addition to your diet. Sprinkle some on your yogurt or in your coffee, and give your skin cinnamon’s free radical-fighting benefits. Just remember that if you’re eating an ooey-gooey cinnamon roll, the massive amounts of sugar will probably cancel out the benefits of the cinnamon…
Chili pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and jalapeno pepper all contain lots of Vitamin A and C – more great antioxidants. They also contain capsaicin, which can protect skin from damaging UV rays. And like other things on this list, eating/ingesting them is pretty much the only way to enjoy their benefits: the capsaicin that’s beneficial to your skin from the inside can burn your skin if applied topically.
Turmeric boasts plenty of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. In fact, turmeric is known to inhibit the growth of blood vessels, which means it can inhibit tumor growth. In fact, turmeric applied topically may assist in the treatment of melanoma.
Next time you’re taking a look at your skin care routine, consider adding some of these herbs and spices to your diet to give your skin a boost.