Amazing Ways to Spice Up Your Skincare Routine

April 11th, 2015

Exotic spices can be an amazing way to boost your face care regime. Among a recent holiday gathering of women the subject of DIY facials came up as well as the favored ingredients for glowing skin.  Detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and pore-shrinking ingredients were thought to be the best ways to naturally spice up skincare routines to achieve a clear and ageless complexion.  Among the suggestions were actual spices that have myriad benefits both nutritionally and cosmetically.  Often recommended by the top NYC day spas in addition to restorative facials, these botanicals have been traditionally sourced for overall health because of their proven results.

Cinnamon reports that cinnamon is packed with antioxidants that prevent skin damage due to free radical exposure and other environmental factors.  According to nutritionist Keri Glassman, the author of The O2 Diet, “Cinnamon has more antioxidant value than half a cup of blueberries.”  With proper protection the signs of premature aging are less likely to appear.  It also has warming properties that makes for a relaxing facial (caution: avoid using on sensitive skin).



As noted on, clove oil was typically used as a numbing agent by dentists.  It has antimicrobial properties when applied topically “making it an effective face cleanser,” says Massachusetts board-certified dermatologist, Valori Treloar.


Known for its delicate licorice flavor, fennel is perfect for sensitive skin types.  Irritation and redness and are significantly reduced when its used as part of reparative face care routine.  and can help minimize sensitivity caused by sun exposure, says dermatologist Leslie Baumann of Miami Beach, Florida.


While not usually good for direct dermal application, peppers have abundant Vitamins A and C that help combat free radicals. In its many varieties they detoxify while improving blood circulation for enhanced cell renewal.  According to the culinary director at Blum Center for Health in New York, Marti Wolfs, peppers can aid in  “preventing the breakdown of collagen to maintain the integrity of our skin.”  They also contain capsaicin, which performs like sunscreen offering a barrier against harmful UV rays.


Known as “Indian saffron,” turmeric has been a foundation spice in many flavorful South Asian curry dishes, but is also found to inhibit the side effects of skin conditions such as a eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne.  The active ingredient, curcumin is a soothing anti-inflammatory that effectively prevents flare ups from dermal irritation while having antiseptic and antibacterial properties as well, for a noticeably flawless complexion.  In oily skin turmeric balances the sebaceous glands to regulate oil production, so the face glows without appearing greasy.

Be sure to consult with a trained aesthetician who is well versed in holistic natural face care to be sure which spices truly suit your specific skin type.


Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise-trekking the national museum scene…