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If you want to get clear and glowing skin, you might want to skip the beauty aisle and head straight for spices rack instead. Yes, you read it right. Spices do more than just add flavour to your favourite food. These natural wonders that are packed with high levels of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory agents are crucial in maintaining healthy and youthful skin.

Read on to see some of the best herbs and spices to incorporate into your diet that will help you to reach your skin goals in 2018.  

 

Cinnamon

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The unassuming spice is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps to combat signs of sun and environmental damage to the skin. Additionally, a study done in 2013, published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine also found that cinnamon helps with wrinkles and aging skin. Try adding a dash of cinnamon to your coffee or oatmeal.

 

Peppers

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Peppers like paprika and chili are loaded with vitamins A and C that fight the damage caused by free radicals such as dark spots, a loss in skin elasticity and wrinkles. Alternatively, if you have a low tolerance for spicy food, peppers also boast benefits for the skin when applied externally.  Red pepper flakes, for example, serve as a natural exfoliator to buff away dead skin.

 

Chamomile

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Chamomile has been prized for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to reduce redness, itching and swelling. If you have a cut or a wound, consider sipping on some chamomile tea to speed up the healing process.The herb can also be used externally as an eye mask to revive tired and puffy eyes.

 

Ginger

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Rather than just piling on highlighters, glow from within by sneaking in some ginger into your diet. The spicy root can even out the skin tone, banish blemishes and reduce the appearance of age spots. In addition, the spice that is packed anti-inflammatory compounds and skin brightening nutrients can also help those who struggle with skin conditions like acne, rosacea and eczema.

 

Tumeric

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Tumeric has been used in India for thousands of years because of its potent anti-inflammatory benefits. The active ingredient present within turmeric, curcumin, helps to treat acne by decreasing the amount of acne causing bacteria. The spice can be added to just about anything from pasta to salads.

 

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