By Dr. Alexis Stephens
The Holidays are a magical time for family and friends. It is also a time we tend to overexert and stress ourselves which can wreak havoc on our skin. Luckily mother nature is on our side. Spices are a very concentrated source of plant phytonutrients providing you with a natural pharmacy in your kitchen.
The link between consuming spices and positive health benefits has been documented since ancient times.
Spices boast several therapeutic possibilities but can be particularly helpful in skin conditions. Add the following spices to your diet and your skin and body will thank you.
Nutmeg – Anti-fungal and antidepressant – Can help in the fight against fungal skin disease and keep you in good holiday spirits
Ginger – Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant- Warding off acne and other inflammatory skin disease with bonus antiaging benefits
Cinnamon – Boost circulation and fades dark marks- Helping to maintain your holiday glow
Clove- Anti-fungal and Antimicrobial- Fights multiple different sources of acne, fungal and bacterial skin disease
Tumeric – Fades dark spots and blemishes and antimicrobial- Helpful at preventing and treating acne, dark spots and blemishes
Pepper – Anti-bacterial and antioxidant- Keeping you youthful and acne free
Garlic – Mineral and Vitamins- Important for youthful looking skin
Black Sesame Seeds – Source of essential fatty acids- Important for collagen regeneration
The spices above are commonly found in holiday food but can also be found in supplemental forms. Always consult your physician before adding any new supplements to your diet and be cautious of any allergies you may have. The above spices are not recommended for direct application to the face as contact allergies can occur. Visit parklanddermatology.com/blog for additional food and dietary benefits for the skin.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
– Hippocrates, father of medicine, 431 B.C.
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Dr. Alexis Stephens
Board Certified Dermatologist
4360 State Rd 7,
Coral Springs, 33073