Rich with antioxidants that help fight free radicals, ginger can combat signs of aging like dull complexion, fine lines, and wrinkles when used topically, says Michele Green, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. For healthy hair and scalp, Dr. Green says ginger also has antiseptic properties that reduce the risk of scalp infections and dandruff. (Here are more natural treatments for dandruff.) Look for the ingredient in face and body moisturizers, like Origins Ginger Soufflé Whipped Body Cream and hair serums like Shea Moisture African Water Mint and Ginger Detox and Refresh Scalp Elxir.
Touted as one of earth’s most powerful natural remedies, turmeric provides a host of health and beauty benefits, but it’s especially helpful for reducing pigmentation on your face and evening out skin tone, says Dr. Green. That why you’ll find it in products including Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque. Want to DIY a turmeric facial? Mix a pinch of turmeric with cucumber or lemon juice and apply to your face. Leave it on for around 15 minutes, then wash off. For a body scrub, mix turmeric with flour and water and use it to scrub all over your body before you shower. “A one-time application will be of little help,” Dr. Green says. “But regular use will give your skin a soft glow.” Add these other foods to your diet for beautiful skin.
As pleasantly aromatic as it is good for you, cinnamon makes for a magical beauty ingredient. According to Dr. Green, the spice is said to improve fine lines by plumping the skin. “Using cinnamon can stimulate blood vessels and bring blood to the surface of the skin,” she says. Make your own at-home elixir by mixing three drops essential oil of cinnamon with two tablespoons olive oil or petroleum jelly and apply to your face. Check out these other surprising uses for cinnamon.