Sugar and Spice Aren’t So Nice When It Comes to DIY Beauty

Last fall, a beauty blogger’s cinnamon face mask recommendation went viral for a not-so-nice reason—it left many in its wake with severe burns. That’s a sure way to spice up your beauty routine!

“Remember, do it yourself recipes are not professionally regulated,” explains board-certified dermatologist and RealSelf contributor Dr. Joel Schlessinger. Anyone can post a skincare recipe online.

In this particular case, cinnamon – and its derivative cinnamaldehyde – caused serious allergic reactions and dermatitis. Turns out cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves are great for pumpkin pie, but you may want to make a mad dash away from incorporating these pantry staples into your skincare routine.

Truth is, “cinnamon does boost blood flow and circulation to increase cell turnover and skin repair,” Dr. Jessica Weiser, a board-certified dermatologist at the New York Dermatology Group, told Women’s Health.

Instead of smearing it on, try adding a teaspoon daily to your morning coffee or oatmeal for a delicious, healthy twist that will also benefit your skin. This potent antioxidant helps reverse signs of sun and environmental damage to the skin when consumed the traditional way - with your breakfast!

So you’re probably thinking, ‘preferable to consume spices with meals over topical treatments, got it!’ Actually, PSL fans beware, we’re throwing you a curveball. No matter how many antioxidant-rich spices you’re sprinkling onto your foam-top latte, a daily habit of this fall specialty drink could throw your skin into a tizzy whether you’re lactose-intolerant – or not!

“If your latte is made with milk, it can cause acne,” explains Schlessinger. Cow’s milk contains natural hormones that cause an overproduction of oil, leading to clogged pores and acne flare-ups. Worse news yet? Turns out skim milk has even more hormones than regular milk due to the lack of fat, which slightly decreases hormone levels in regular milk. Hear that? This fall sprinkle cautiously and opt for almond and soy milk instead.

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