7 Beauty Benefits Of Cinnamon
Powdered cinnamon has tons of health benefits, like reducing the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol, and it helps lower blood sugar. It’s full of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory benefits, plus it just smells darn amazing. And there are a number of ways you can use this health superstar in your beauty routine.
Makes A Great Additive To Exfoliators
Cinnamon’s natural granulated, yet powdered, texture makes it the perfect additive to exfoliators. It will add a great smell to any scrub, and since cinnamon increases blood flow to the skin, it will help give the skin a healthy, rejuvenated glow.
To harness the power of cinnamon, combine one part granulated sugar to one part coconut oil. Add a couple dashes of cinnamon for the added scent and blood circulation benefits. Rub on your face for a few minutes, then rinse. Or you can use it as a lip scrub to moisturize, exfoliate and plump the lips.
Acts As A Natural Colorant
Cinnamon is a wonderful ingredient for natural makeups. Add cinnamon and cocoa powder to white body lotion for a DIY natural skin bronzer. Add the cocoa and cinnamon to color preference.
It’s even used by people who die their hair with natural henna. Adding several teaspoons of cinnamon to the henna powder is supposed to boost the red tones of henna. You can dye your hair by leaving the mixture on light hair for 3-8 hours, or use the henna/cinnamon mix as a hair conditioning treatment for only 30 minutes. Use only body art quality henna to make sure it doesn’t have any potentially hair-melting chemicals that can react badly with synthetic dyes and hair perms.
Great Additive To Homemade Soaps
If you’re ever making any type of homemade soap, add a few dashes of cinnamon. It will give the soap a delicious scent, it will add to the exfoliation benefits, and it will help increase blood flow to the skin. Cinnamon should work in just about any homemade soap recipe.
Increases Blood Circulation To The Scalp
The top beauty miracle that comes from cinnamon, of course, is that it increases blood flow to the skin. That can help stimulate hair growth as increased blood flow nourishes the scalp. For an easy hair treatment, combine two parts organic honey to one part coconut oil and add a dash of cinnamon. Mix in a bowl, spread into the hair (making sure to massage the scalp with the mixture) and then let sit for 30 minutes to two hours, depending on how dry your hair is and how much time you have.
Acts As A Natural Acne Treatment
Cinnamon has long been used as a natural acne treatment. It has antibacterial properties and acts as a natural exfoliator, so it can help treat and prevent acne. Combine two parts honey to one part cinnamon powder. Scrub mildly and let it sit for 30 minutes. Leave on all night as a spot treatment, then rinse off.
Natural Breath Freshener
Cinnamon makes a great natural mouthwash for its deodorizing properties. Combine a tablespoon of ground cinnamon with a half-cup of warm water and use as you would a mouthwash. The texture might not be what you’re used to from commercial mouthwashes, but it’ll taste amazing.
Draws Moisture Out Of The Skin
Cinnamon also makes a great additive to facemasks that are meant to take care of oiliness in the skin. Combine one part cinnamon, one part nutmeg, two parts raw honey and four parts fresh lemon juice. Mix together and leave on your face for 30 minutes, then rinse.
Michelle Lovrine Honeyager is a freelance writer living in Southeastern Wisconsin. You can find out more about her at https://www.clippings.me/michellelovrine.