8 Ways To Use This Staple Spice As A Beauty Product

Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
By Colleen Williams

Cinnamon is a beloved flavor in gum, coffee, and candles — and apparently, it can work wonders on your outsides, too. The spice contains calcium, fiber, iron, and manganese, and within its bark are healing essential oils. With that in mind, use generously. Here are some of our favorite uses for cinnamon as a beauty product — some are even good enough to eat.

DIY Cinnamon Recipes For Your Face

Cinnamon-Nutmeg Mask
This delicious-smelling mask packs a punch against acne, as cinnamon is antimicrobial and honey is a natural antibacterial humectant. Mix two tablespoons of honey, one teaspoon of nutmeg, and one teaspoon of cinnamon to form a paste. Apply to your face as you would any other mask and let it sit for 30 minutes. Upon rinsing, massage off in an exfoliating, circular motion to reduce redness and swelling and to slough off dead skin.

Cinnamon Scrub
For a straight-up scrub, you can mix one tablespoon of cinnamon, one teaspoon sugar, and one tablespoon honey. Apply to your face and scrub gently for soft, smooth skin.

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Cinnamon Lip Plumper
Attention Kylie Jenner: You don’t need lip injectables for a bigger pout; you just need a little bit of cinnamon. Simply apply olive oil or Vaseline to your lips and add a pinch of cinnamon on top, patting along the length of the lips. If the mixture burns too much, rinse off completely. Added bonus: If you accidentally ingest any, the cinnamon refreshes your breath!

DIY Cinnamon Bronzer
You can create a DIY cream bronzer (steps and instructions via Hello Natural) or simply take a few pinches of cinnamon powder, one teaspoon of baby powder (or cornstarch) and mix, adding cinnamon until you’ve reached your desired shade. Then, apply with a blush brush and you have a golden, natural glow.

Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
Cinnamon For Health

For Cuts & Scrapes
Cinnamon may come in handy if you nick yourself shaving, although application of the powder can sting. Since it’s a natural antimicrobial, you can sprinkle it on clean scrapes and cuts to help them heal.

To Lower Cholesterol
Many nutritionists and doctors advise that ingesting a gram of cinnamon per day has been shown to improve blood sugar control and lower cholesterol. It’s also said to help detox the body while boosting the immune system. In traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, cinnamon is used to combat colds and settle the stomach.

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DIY Cinnamon Recipes For Your Hair

Cinnamon-Honey Mask
The same tingly sensation you get from the lip plumper can actually help boost hair growth. If you don’t have a sensitive scalp, try a cinnamon-honey mask! Mix two tablespoons of cinnamon, two tablespoons of honey, and half a cup of olive (or coconut, warmed) oil. Add one egg to thicken the mask, and then apply to your scalp, either directly or by combing through wet hair. Let sit for 15 minutes and wash thoroughly.
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Hair Brightener
For a natural color boost, you can mix an equal amount of cinnamon powder with about a quarter-sized amount of conditioner and apply to towel-dried hair evenly, combing through to prevent streaking. Pull your hair back, tie it up, or put it in a shower cap and leave the mixture on overnight. Rinse out thoroughly in the morning.