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10 Beauty Uses for Cinnamon

Posted on 19 September 2015

Cinnamon is something a lot of us already have stashed away in our cupboards, but if you don’t, it’s inexpensive to buy and the beauty uses for this spice are endless. We let you in on our top 10 ways you can add cinnamon to your beauty regime.

 

Gets rid of acne

Mix cinnamon with a little bit of honey and apply to any acne prone areas or acne spots before you go to bed. Keep it on overnight and then wash it off the morning after. If you do this every day or every couple of days, you should notice much clearer skin within a week or two. 

Treats dry or rough feet

Cinnamon helps to soften rough skin and can help to smooth out dry or cracked skin on your heels. Mix together lemon juice (5 lemons), a tablespoon of olive oil, a quarter cup of milk, half a cup of water and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon into a foot bath and soak your feet for 15 minutes for best results

Plumps your lips

If you’re after Kylie Jenner lips but aren’t a big fan of the peppermint method, mix a little cinnamon with some vaseline and apply generously to your lips. Using your finger tips (or a q-tip if you don’t want it on your hands), massage into your lips for 30 seconds or so, leave for a while and then wipe off. Applying every night with see your lips plumping up within a few days.

Evens out skin tone

Add a tablespoon of cinnamon powder to your favourite breakfast smoothie to add fibre to your diet. This also flushes out any toxins in the skin, and can help to even out your skin tone.

Keeps your skin smooth

Mix cinnamon, nutmeg powder and a little bit of honey together to create your own face mask. Let it sit for around 20 minutes before washing off with cold water. Not only will this moisturise your face and leave your skin feeling smoother, it will also work to brighten skin and get rid of any blemishes. 

Freshens your breath

Add a small amount of cinnamon (a pinch works perfectly) to half a glass of water and gargle in the morning to keep your breath smelling fresh. You can also chew on a small piece of cinnamon for the same effect. Do take care that if you are using cinnamon powder not to add too much as the powder can catch your breath. 

Heals eczema and heals dry skin

If you have dry skin, mix together cinnamon, honey, olive oil, almond oil and sea salt for DIY skin scrub. Not only will this help get rid of patches of dry or dead skin, but it can also help to relieve eczema and/or itchy or irritated skin.

Helps your hair to grow

If your hair is dry or damaged, or you’re just trying to grow it out, mixing cinnamon, honey and olive oil together makes for a great hair mask treatment. Cinnamon improves blood circulation and this in turn helps promote hair growth. Massage into your scalp and hair and then leave it on for an hour or so. Rinse it out with shampoo and apply at least once a week for best results. 

Contours your face

Run out of bronzer? Mix cinnamon, cocoa and a little bit of corn starch for your own homemade bronzer. This natural combination is safe for your skin without the usual chemicals found in some beauty products. Be sure to pay attention to the colour and make sure it’s not too orange for your skin tone before applying with a bronzer brush. Use on your face as a bronze contour, or for an all over body bronzer.

 

Reduces signs of aging

Applying cinnamon to wrinkles and age spots increases the collagen levels for up to 6 hours after application. You can even add cinnamon to your favourite face cream a few times a week if you don’t like the gritty feel of cinnamon powder by itself.

Do you know any other ways that cinnamon can be used? Let us know if you’ve tried any of our suggestions!

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