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The beauty ben­e­fits

Want plumped-up skin, fewer fine lines and a bright, clear com­plex­ion? We thought so! “Cin­na­mon has more an­tiox­i­dant value than half a cup of blue­ber­ries,” says nu­tri­tion­ist Keri Glassman, au­thor of The O2 Diet. Cin­na­mon stim­u­lates blood cir­cu­la­tion, help­ing to bring blood and nu­tri­ents to the skin’s sur­face. This plumps up cells and re­duces the ap­pear­ance of fine lines while help­ing to dry out spots due to the in­creased level of oxy­gen present in skin cells. This also makes it an amaz­ing anti-ager, as thanks to its lev­els of cin­namalde­hyde (the or­ganic com­pound that gives cin­na­mon its flavour and aroma), col­la­gen lev­els and skin elas­tic­ity are in­creased, slow­ing down the age­ing process whilst leav­ing skin look­ing younger and fresher. And it smells like Christ­mas. Yum!

To make at home

If you have acne and blem­ishes, mix 1 tbsp of cin­na­mon with 3 tbsp of honey and ap­ply it on your face as a mask. Leave for 20 min­utes and rinse. Used once a week, over time you will be left with soft and clear skin.

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