The fragrant and sweet cinnamon can work wonders for your skin. It fights acne, fine lines, and wrinkles. It also helps to reduce pigmentation and lighten uneven skin. It can also help you deal with skin infections and eczema and may even fight the damaging effects of pollution.
1. Gets Rid Of Acne
Acne is a common problem that leaves many of us feeling self-conscious. Overproduction of sebum which makes your skin excessively oily and the proliferation of bacteria are known to play a significant role in the formation of pimples. But cinnamon counters both these factors. A cinnamon face pack is just the ticket if acne is bothering you.
2. Fights Fine Lines And Wrinkles
Wrinkles and fine lines inevitably start showing up as we age. But cinnamon may help you fight these, even arresting premature aging of the skin. Research shows that it can facilitate the biosynthesis of collagen, which is a protein that gives your skin structure and strength. Unfortunately, as we age we naturally lose collagen, and this contributes to the development of fine lines. A compound known as cinnamaldehyde is thought to be responsible for cinnamon's anti-aging effect on the skin.
3. Lightens Hyperpigmented Skin
A pigment known as melanin is mainly responsible for our skin color. But sometimes its production goes out of whack and it can make your complexion darker or uneven- think freckles, sun spots, or a stubborn tan. If hyperpigmented skin is a problem you are facing, cinnamon may help.
4. Fights Skin Infections
Cinnamon has strong antimicrobial properties that make it useful for tackling skin infections. Research indicates that it acts against candida fungus which causes yeast infections or thrush, as well as dermatophytes like Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes which cause fungal skin infections such as athlete's foot and ringworm.
Use Cinnamon Safely
Cinnamon oil as well as powder tends to be strong and can cause a burning sensation in some people, especially if your skin is sensitive. It is also known to trigger contact dermatitis in some. So do a patch test first to see how your skin reacts to it.
Keep these things in mind too:
Use no more than half to one teaspoon of cinnamon powder at a time. This should be no more than 2-3 drops if you are using cinnamon oil.
Always mix the oil with a carrier oil like coconut. The powder, too, should be combined with milder ingredients like milk or honey. If you feel any discomfort after applying a paste or oil, wipe it off the skin with some coconut or olive oil.