Pretty Hot

Spice up your beauty routine using products packed with chili peppers, cinnamon, paprika and more.
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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; plumps lips naturally with circulationenhancing essential oil of cinnamon.

(b) Jurlique Balancing Foaming Cleanser ($34; 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; 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.