As an avid baker and cook, I use nutmeg on the regular. It’s a great spice for cakes, baked goods, lattes, as well as pastas and meats. Often known in the kitchen, but did you know it can also be used for skin care? As it turns out, nutmeg is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredient that can help brighten dull skin and treat acne.
If you are intrigued, read below for the magical benefits of nutmeg for the skin.
What is nutmeg?
Great in the kitchen, nutmeg is also an amazing anti-inflammatory ingredient. In fact, nutmeg has been used in the Caribbean for centuries, especially in the island of Grenada, where 20% of the world’s nutmeg is produced.
It helps fight pesky free radicals, like UVA and UVB rays, pollution, debris, and impurities. These are the things that can cause premature wrinkles, sun spots, sagging skin, and collagen loss. You can find the fall-favorite spice in tons of serums, body lotions, facial creams, and exfoliating masks. It is a great skincare product.
Love. So what are all the benefits of nutmeg in skin care?
There are so many great benefits to nutmeg on the skin. When used consistently, it can reduce hyperpigmentation. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can create an even complexion by reducing redness and pigmentation. It also helps balance oil production by tightening pores, and slotting off dead skin cells.
Nutmeg is rich in antioxidants and will help reduce and prevent skin damage from the UVA and UVB rays. Nutmeg also improves scars and can even help with skin tone. Not to mention, this hero ingredient can reduce redness and irritation, making it perfect for sensitive or acne prone skin. And lastly, it’s accessible. It can be found at most local drug stores, and is an easy over-the-counter product to get, unlike some skincare ingredients.
Should I worry about any side effects of nutmeg?
In general, nutmeg shouldn’t cause any skin irritation or problems. The most common side effects only go to those who use too large of a dose when they ingest it. But for most, it’s extremely beneficial, and can be used on sensitive to normal skin types. As always, patch test before you try it to avoid any irritation.
Awesome. And how do I use it exactly?
One of the biggest benefits of nutmeg for skin is that it can help with hyperpigmentation. If you are going the at-home, DIY route, always leave a nutmeg mask on for 10 minutes to reap the benefits. Otherwise, follow the instructions on the skincare products which contain it.
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