There’s not much spices can’t do. Besides being delicious and giving your dishes new depths and flavors, they are also full of nutrients and antioxidants when consumed, are infinitely beneficial for your body and your health. But, what about your skin? Let us tell you about these 6 spices that will give your skin a new glow with spa-worthy DYI face masks.
If you’re like us, you’ve tried everything that the beauty aisle has to offer in the drugstore, but you aren’t completely satisfied. You want something more natural, clean, that you can be 100% sure it has no chemicals, hasn’t been tested on animals or that it has been stored for years in the back of a storage room. Then, you should stop searching in drugstores and start looking in your spice rack or kitchen cabinet. You can easily whip up exfoliants, clarifying masks, anti-inflammatory masks, with the help of your trusty and (sometimes miraculous) spices.
But before you start to daub your face, keep in mind that some skins are more delicate and may respond differently than others; also, some ingredients may have reactions to environmental factors (such as direct sunlight). Keep in mind these few recommendations before you raid your spice rack.
Now you are ready to turn your home in the best natural, relaxing, skin care spa. Let’s begin with these
yummy effective homemade face masks with spices!
We can’t talk enough about all the benefits Turmeric has to your body; we have a whole praise to it here! Find all the goodies that can come out of one of the most popular spices.
This homemade skin mask will help you achieve smooth and elastic skin. You’ll need:
• 1 tablespoon of natural plain yogurt.
• 1 tablespoon of honey
• 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric
The lactic acid in yogurt will wipe away all the dead skin cells, the moisturizing aspect of honey will fight bacteria give your skin that glow it might be lacking, and turmeric will fight against over pigmentation.
Cloves have antibacterial properties that make it the ultimate cleanser. Just mix 2 teaspoons of ground cloves with your favorite liquid soap for a gentle DIY face wash.
We told you about Turmeric! Here is this super spice again in its good fight against acne. It is a great option for angry, acne prone skin. Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, it will help to reduce redness and inflammation and incorporating sea salt will help to give your skin a mild exfoliation. You’ll need:
• 1 tablespoon of manuka honey
• 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
• ½ teaspoon of sea salt
Just mix them together and apply with a clean foundation brush. Let it work for about 10- to 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
Try not to eat this one. Paprika is loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C that will help you look plump and supple. The beta-carotene found in paprika will help you treat sunspots and prevent aging. It will also increase circulation and give your skin a rosy glow. You’ll need:
• 1 slice of avocado
• 1 teaspoon of raw honey
• ½ teaspoon of paprika
Apply the mixture to clean and dry skin and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Your skin might feel a little bit tingly due to the paprika, then carefully dab on your moisturizer oil or cream to lock in the nutrients.
This one smells amazing! Nutmeg is a natural astringent, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, so it’s perfect for oily skin and acne prone skin. Nutmeg is also used in several treatments for eczema, and it nourishes the skin. Like with all exfoliants we recommend using this one once a week to prevent skin rupture or irritation. You’ll need:
• ½ Tablespoon of ground nutmeg
• 1 tablespoon of whole milk
In clean skin, start applying the mixture in small circular motions, always moving upwards. After 10-15 minutes of circular motions clear the skin with warm water and dry softly.
Tone and moisturize after.
The nourishing properties of sesame will help restore the damage made to your skin. You’ll need:
• 1 tablespoon of white sesame seeds
• 1 ½ tablespoon of whole milk.
Crush the sesame seeds and mix in the milk. Let hydrate for about 20 minutes and apply to your skin with a clean foundation brush. Let work for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Star Anise is known as a miracle spice due to its abilities to tighten and tone the skin, leaving it firm and smooth, it also minimizes the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. [Miraculous!] You’ll need:
• 1/4 cup star anise
• 1 cup water
• 1/2 cup brown rice
Add 8 star anise pods to boiling water. Simmer on medium-low heat for 4 – 5 minutes.
In a bowl with the brown rice pour the star anise water and pods, cover and let sit for six hours or overnight. Strain the mixture and pour into a bottle.
Apply it after cleansing your face with a wet cotton pad. Let dry for five minutes and then apply moisturizer. You can store it for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.