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Spice up your skin care

Spices may play an essential role in your favorite dishes, but these natural wonders can also be secret ingredients in your skin care regimen. Many spices contain the high levels of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents and nutrients your skin needs to look and feel radiant.

Paprika
This spicy seasoning contains antibacterial, antioxidant, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and energizing medicinal properties. The nutrients in paprika are vitamins C, K, E, A and B complex; minerals such as calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and iron; and small amounts of fiber, natural sugar, carbohydrates for energy, protein, healthy fats, ash and phytosterols.

Try: ZSS Radiant Skin System with Zeaxanthin (a carotenoid found in paprika), as well as naturally derived ingredients. $159 for 45-day program or $129 for 30-day program, ZSS-Skincare.com.

Marjoram
Rich in gamma-terpinene, an enzyme that has shown very effective nourishing, hydrating and protecting properties for dry skin, this herb acts as a natural antiseptic and can also help to soothe the skin. Also rich in antioxidants, it can help to naturally fight the premature signs of aging.

Try: DECLEOR Paris’ New Intense Nutrition Hydra Nourishing Duo Mask, with essential oil of marjoram and oils from cranberry, chestnut, cocoa, shea, argan, babassu and avocado. $44, DecleorUSA.com.

Cumin
Due to its high concentration of vitamin E, cumin acts as an antioxidant to combat free radicals. This, combined with its antibacterial properties, protects against the early signs of aging and promotes radiant skin.

Try: G.M. Collin Daily Ceramide Comfort Capsules, with cumin, soybean oil and vitamin E. $98, GMCollin.com.

Cardamom
With its high vitamin C content, cardamom improves collagen production, enhances glow and fights free radicals. Also high in other antioxidants, such as manganese, it works as natural skin toner, fights premature aging and keeps skin radiant.

Try: HydroPeptide Power Lift, with cardamom and pineapple ceramides. $96, HydroPeptide.com.

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