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Kitchen-shelf remedies: These 5 spices will give you naturally glowing skin

Make the best of spices such as turmeric and pepper that don’t just add flavour to your dishes, but also impart a natural glow to your skin.

more lifestyle Updated: Mar 23, 2017 18:48 IST
Prerna Gauba
Certain spices  such as turmeric and nutmeg are good for your skin.
Certain spices such as turmeric and nutmeg are good for your skin. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Whenever your skin starts looking dull, the first thing that comes to your mind is an appointment with the parlour lady. But what if we tell you to head to your kitchen? Yes, the solution to dull, lackluster skin is in your spice rack. Here’s how spices can help you get a glowing complexion. “Turmeric and nutmeg are great for skin. Some spices are strong, hence should not be used directly on the face,” says beauty expert Dr Blossom Kochhar. “To test if skin is sensitive to spices, apply a little on the wrist and leave it on for an hour or two,” says beauty expert Shahnaz Husain.

Turmeric root and turmeric powder have antiseptic property. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Turmeric for oil control
Turmeric contains natural oil-controlling and antioxidant properties. Curcumin, the potent ingredient in it, can help reduce inflammation, and also result in more youthful looking skin along with a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Mix one teaspoon each of turmeric, honey and curd. Gently massage on your face, leave for a while and rinse off. This would give you naturally hydrated and glowing skin.

Ginger can help reduce blemishes, scar marks and evens skin tone. (Shutterstock)

Ginger for blemishes, scarring and even skin tone
Ginger contains antioxidant properties that can reduce appearance of scarring. It also prevents free radical damage, helps even out skin tone and improves elasticity. It can also remove tan. Add one teaspoon each of ginger juice, rose water and lemon juice. Scrub your face gently with the mix and wash off.

Use black pepper to get rid of pigmentation and fine lines

Black pepper for pigmentation and fine lines
Black pepper is a detoxifier and is rich in magnesium, iron, potassium, and vitamins C and K. It helps reduce wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation. It also removes blackheads. Mix a pinch of black pepper with one tablespoon of yogurt. Apply on your face. Wash off after five minutes.

Nutmeg is good for all skin types. (Shutterstock)

Nutmeg is a great exfoliator

Nutmeg is a microdermabrasion exfoliator. To get a healthy and glowing skin, mix half a tablespoon ground nutmeg and one tablespoon whole milk. Make a paste, rub over your face gently for a few minutes. Rinse off with luke warm water.

Use cinnamon to control oily skin. (Shutterstock)

Cinnamon to help control acne
Cinnamon has antioxidant properties that balances out oiliness and dries out pimples. Take half teaspoonful cinnamon powder, two teaspoonful honey and one teaspoonful fenugreek powder . Mix well and apply on areas where you have eruptions. You can also make a face scrub by mixing cinnamon powder and oats with milk.