Surprise! If you’re skin’s misbehaving or you’ve got a bad case of acne or hair fall, head to the kitchen instead of the medicine cabinet. Turns out, several Indian spices that add flavour to any meal can perform just as well in the beauty department. Here are 5 of the most commonly used spices from our vocabulary and why you need to add them to your skin diet…

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turmeric for healthy, nourished skin
We’ve already spoken about the benefits of turmeric at length, but to give you a gist, curcumin, haldi’s principle ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties that help fight acne, brighten skin tone and reduce lines and wrinkles. It’s no wonder then that Hindu wedding festivities have an entire function dedicated to this magic herb.

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Pepper for blackhead-free skin
When pepper’s involved, it’s safe to say that things are going to get hot. Pepper, when mixed with other ingredients and applied on the skin can loosen up the pores and facilitate the removal of blackheads and acne. No wonder it’s such a hot remedy for clear skin. Literally, as well as popularity wise.

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Ginger for radiant skin
Little did we know that even ginger has some beauty benefits. Apparently, when applied, it can give your skin an instant pick-me-up and leave your skin with a fresh glow and a natural radiance.

How do you use it?
Mix honey and turmeric into a thick paste and leave it on your skin for about 20 minutes. It’ll help exfoliate skin and leave it with a natural glow.

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Cinnamon for that natural flush
Just as a stick of this unassuming herb can drastically change the flavour of any dish, it can have the exact same effect on our olfactory senses. Cinnamon, when used externally, creates a stimulus so strong that it draws blood to the surface of the skin, speeding up blood circulation and helps your skin breathe (critical to good skin) and consequently eliminates acne.

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