Spice Up Your Skincare Routine This Holiday

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. For more tips you can see more at ManukaRx.

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. To learn more about different options to take care of your skin, the Emerald Spa website has some interesting articles and products.

“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

Parkland Dermatology
4360 State Rd 7,
Coral Springs, 33073


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