Cinnamon is a spice which adds great taste to your dishes. However, there are much more benefits to this spice than as a taste enhancer. For one, it can be used in many ways in your beauty routine as its anti-bacterial, antioxidant, antifungal and analgesic properties are good for your body and skin. In other words, the topical application of cinnamon helps as much as its ingestion. So read on to learn more about the different ways of using cinnamon in your everyday beauty routine.
1. Bright red hair
If you have red hair, you will be happy to learn that cinnamon can do wonders to your hair. All you have to do is add cinnamon to your conditioner and wrap up your conditioned hair in a shower cap. After leaving your hair like this for about 6-8 hours, preferably overnight, rinse out the conditioner to have bright and beautiful red locks.
2. Natural lip balm
All you need to do is add a tablespoon or two of cinnamon to melted coconut oil to have your very own effective, and homemade lip balm. Just make sure you don’t get tempted to lick off this delicious lip balm off your lips! If left on long enough, you’ll definitely get a gorgeous pout for your efforts!
3. Face scrub
Use a simple homemade cinnamon scrub to give your face a good, old clean. Mix sugar, cinnamon and coconut nectar and start rubbing your face gently with it. Rinse off with warm water and you’re left with a soft face you won’t be able to stop stroking!
4. Treating yeast infections
Cinnamon is very helpful at fighting infections with its healing properties. All you need to do is drink a Ceylon and cinnamon tea for a few days when you have a yeast infection and see the difference. Another option is to sprinkle it on porridge or on peanut butter on toast for improved health and relief from your infection!
5. Treating bad breath
If you have run out of toothpaste, don’t fret. Just head to the kitchen, grab a teaspoon and some cinnamon. Mix a spoon of cinnamon with warm water and gargle for a few seconds. Though you don’t feel minty fresh, it does help improve your breath.
6. Face powder
For a bright and glowing face, mix two tablespoons of cinnamon to three teaspoons of corn starch. Then use a big blusher brush to give yourself a healthy glow. The face powder’s color can be adjusted by adding more or less cinnamon to the corn starch.
7. Face mask with oatmeal
An oatmeal and cinnamon face mask is just for you if you have oily skin as the oats in the mask helps reduce your skin oil by absorbing any existing moisture in it. Just mix oats, lemon and cinnamon and apply to your face and rinse off with warm water after 20 minutes for fresh, oil free skin.
8. Mask with honey for acne
If you have acne scars, then mix some honey with cinnamon to revitalize your face. Apply the paste of these two ingredients and apply to the affected areas and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes. Repeat the application every week or so and you soon find the scars fading and the antibacterial properties in both honey and cinnamon helps prevent future breakouts.