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If you had to define the fall season with a single smell, one of the first choices that would pop in your head would be cinnamon. The scent of apple pie baking, cinnamon sticks in your mug of hot chocolate or coffee, cinnamon oatmeal on a crisp morning… But did you know that cinnamon can also be used to spice up your fall beauty regimen? Cinnamon is a natural antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-fungal spice. Add it to your routine this fall and see why it’s our new favorite ingredient!

Cinnamon Bronzer Lotion

Is your summer glow fading? Not to fear, cinnamon is here! You’ll need: plain body lotion, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and cornstarch. Combine small amounts of cinnamon, cocoa powder and cornstarch until the color reaches your desired tone. Add more cornstarch to lighten or cocoa powder to darken. If you have sensitive skin, use smaller amounts of cinnamon. It acts as a natural highlighter. When you have the right shade, add the plain lotion and mix well. Let the mixture sit for several minutes to combine evenly. Then stir again and put it into an empty bottle or jar. Apply when you need a hint of color.

Honey Cinnamon Nutmeg Mask & Spot Treatment

Breakouts all over your face? This natural mask is for you. You’ll need: a teaspoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of nutmeg, and two tablespoons of raw honey (do not use processed honey; it has no natural benefits and is basically sugar). Mix the three ingredients together and store in a sealed jar. To use this as a mask, leave on for about twenty minutes and rinse well with warm water. You can also use it as a spot treatment by applying directly to the blemish with your finger.

Cinnamon Scrub

To exfoliate your skin during these colder months, try this cinnamon scrub! You’ll need: one teaspoon of sugar, one teaspoon of cinnamon and two tablespoons of raw honey. Combine the ingredients and apply to your face. Scrub gently to soften your skin and remove dead cells. Who says you can’t have beautiful skin in the fall?

Cinnamon Bath Salts

These salts will refresh your skin, clean out your pores, and combat dry skin. What more could you want? You’ll need: two cups of Epsom salts, one tablespoon of cinnamon, and half a cup of ground oatmeal. Mix in a medium bowl to combine, and store in an airtight container. Pour some of the mixture into your next bath, or scrub the mixture onto your elbows, knees and feet while you’re in the shower.

Cinnamon Hair Mask

If you’re looking for a way to treat hair loss, encourage hair growth or combat dandruff, look no further than cinnamon. You’ll need: one teaspoon of cinnamon and four tablespoons of olive oil. Warm the olive oil and then combine with cinnamon. Part your hair and apply the mask directly to your scalp. Massage it in all over your head. Leave on for ten to fifteen minutes, and then rinse with shampoo. Use once a week for best results.

Kaitlyn is a graduate from Lee University and is a staff editor for R.H. Boyd Publishing. She enjoys travel, books and penguins. When she’s not working, she dreams of seeing the world.