Help yourself to health with these kitchen staples renowned for their anti-ageing potential.
Adding half a teaspoon of cinnamon to your tea or breakfast every day helps regulate blood sugar. This anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial spice can also shield the brain from learning problems, help relieve bloating and heartburn, and offer protection against strokes. Cinnamon also boosts collagen, which is vital for youthful skin. Make a cinnamon, honey and olive-oil face mask to treat your pimples. This will unclog your pores and plump up your skin for a Jennifer Aniston-esque look.
A natural pain reliever, ginger has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can soothe sore muscles and arthritic joints. Ginger also rejuvenates skin and protects against blemishes, helping you look and feel younger. Mix equal parts honey, ginger and lemon to make a paste that you can apply to your face, leave for a while, then wash off to lighten age spots.
Turmeric is a great immune-system booster, but it can do more than fight winter bugs, as it has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Its active ingredient, curcumin, is commonly used in beauty products like skin creams because of its anti-ageing and exfoliating potential. Make a paste of 1/4 tbsp turmeric, 1 tbsp flour and a few drops of water, and apply daily to reduce the growth of facial hair within a month.
Seasoning your favourite pasta is not all your pepper is good for. When used in scrubs and massage oils, pepper is also great for exfoliating. It can help keep skin soft, smooth and supple. It can also be used to treat acne – mix yoghurt and pepper and apply twice a week for best results.