A lot of beauty effects are attributed to cinnamon. The spice is also in many cosmetic recipes. But what does cinnamon actually do for the skin?
‘Super food’, but not for everyone.
Cinnamon (from the Latin word canella, meaning stick) is formed from the dried and rolled inner bark of shoots of the cinnamon tree. In addition to the sticks, we also know the ground variety, cinnamon powder. Cinnamon is used worldwide in many dishes. From curries and coffee to Dutch December treats like speculaas, pepernoten or for example stew pears.
A lot of health-promoting effects are attributed to cinnamon. For example, the product would have a beneficial effect on oral health, but also on cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels. The question is whether that flyer is still alive when you go out on a big bag of ginger nuts, but that aside. It is certain that the spice is rich in antioxidants. But be careful. Cinnamon is also on the list of products that release histamine in the body (just like coriander, ginger, mango and kiwi), so a hypersensitivity reaction can occur as is also the case with hay fever. In some skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema, these healthy products can therefore cause a worsening of the symptoms.
Cinnamon in cosmetics.
Cinnamon is also a very popular ingredient in the cosmetics industry. The ‘warming’ spice would stimulate blood circulation and provide a nice glow. Cinnamon (in the form of oil) is also a ‘popular’ ‘lip plumper’. Because components of the product cause irritation, the lips will swell slightly and look fuller. Especially people with dry, sensitive skin, or who often suffer from a cold sore, must of course look out for this.
And then cinnamon is often mentioned in the same breath with pimples, acne and other impurities because of the anti-inflammatory properties of the ingredient. Research has also shown that certain cinnamon extracts indeed have these beautiful properties. But in many cosmetics, only essential oils and fragrances (eg cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic alcohol) from the spice are often used. And of these substances, quite a few allergic reactions have been reported. Moreover, they are on the list of phototoxic ingredients. This means that certain components can cause skin reactions under the influence of sunlight.
Masks of cinnamon, honey and nutmeg? rather not.
Anyone who looks around the internet will see that cinnamon is also a popular ingredient in so-called DIY masks and beauty recipes. Especially in combination with honey. Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants, as said has an anti-inflammatory effect, and together with the honey can indeed give a purifying effect in pimples. But really when you start with cinnamon (oil). These can cause very serious allergic skin reactions and eczema complaints.