We know that sprinkling spices on food adds flavor and can also work wonders for our health. So it should come as no surprise that certain spices can also invigorate a tired beauty routine. “When spices are used as ingredients in beauty products, they can increase circulation, which helps the body flush out toxins faster and gives dull skin a rosy glow,” says New York City-based dermatologist David Colbert, M.D. Look for products containing chili peppers, cinnamon, ginger, paprika and turmeric. These potent spices have been used for centuries as anti-microbials, which help banish blemishes. Add that perk to spices’ soothing yet energizing aromatherapeutic benefits, and you’ve got a tried-and-true recipe for beauty success.
(a) DuWop Lip Venom ($16; duwop.com) plumps lips naturally with circulationenhancing essential oil of cinnamon.
(b) Jurlique Balancing Foaming Cleanser ($34; sephora.com) is loaded with turmeric, an antioxidant that protects skin from premature aging.
(c) Nature’s Gate Grapefruit & Wild Ginger Liquid Soap ($7; natures-gate .com) leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed, and the ginger scent lingers long after you wash your hands.
(d) JASÖN Natural PowerSmile Cinnamon Mint Toothpaste ($7; jason-natural .com) whitens teeth and leaves behind a fresh, cinnamon scent.
(e) Super By Dr. Nicholas Perricone Supermodel Legs ($30; sephora.com) is a moisturizing cream that imparts a subtle shimmer; extract of chili peppers boosts circulation and skin radiance.
(f) Lush New Solid Shampoo ($10; lushusa .com) is veganfriendly and uses cinnamon to stimulate and clean your scalp.