Many of the most nourishing products we put on our faces contain natural ingredients. They’re infused with herbs and flowers to soothe, heal and moisturize our skin. Since skincare should be one of your top beauty concerns, it’s exciting to know that the earth’s natural wonders are helping us become more radiant, as opposed to ingredients we can barely pronounce. I’ve covered the benefits of sea salt and featured a DIY rosemary and thyme hair rinse that restores shine, but what about these 5 spices that are typically only found in the kitchen?

Curry – The yellow hued spice is known for its ability to reduce inflammation and calm irritated skin. Ok, it’s also known for making delicious Asian cuisine, but…Turmeric, a curry spice, is often the ingredient you’ll find in skincare products, like Juara Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask. It’s not only beneficial for your skin, though. You can try the DIY mask and read other ways to reap its benefits in this blog post.

Paprika – Paprika is a type of chili pepper and contains capsaicin, which helps increase blood circulation and treat minor pain. It also contains a nice dose of antioxidants and vitamin C. Combined, these components all make paprika your go-to for glowing, radiant skin. Apply ilike Hungarian Paprika Gel Treatment to even out skin tone in just a few applications.

Cinnamon – I’ve shared about cinnamon a few times. It’s a natural go-to when you want to plump your lips. But cinnamon has some additional benefits for your skin. Because of its antibacterial properties, cinnamon can be used in an anti-acne mask or to slough off dead skin cells. Don’t want to go the DIY route, try Murad Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator.

Nutmeg – Need more help with acne? It’s nutmeg to the rescue. The spice contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help banish clogged pores and problem acne. Keeping oily skin in check isn’t its only benefit. Believe it or not, it can also work wonders on dry skin – think ultimate exfoliating power, especially with the help of Sothys Cinnamon and Ginger Body Scrub.


Allspice – You can keep blemishes in check and battle dull skin with the other spices, but allspice is the answer to your anti-aging prayers. It’s loaded with vitamin A, B6 and C, meaning it will hydrate, increase collagen and repair damaged skin. Though pricey, Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask does more than smell good–it brightens and smooths.

Source: Michelle Phan

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