Want your skin to have a radiant I-just-ran-two-miles-in-the-park-at-an-impressive-pace luminosity? There’s a way to fake that type of natural flush sans sprintingâ€”and the best part is that it can be achieved using an ingredient that’s probably already on your spice rack.
Paprikaâ€”loaded with essential vitamins and mineralsâ€”is famous for giving Creole cuisine its fiery kick. But the smoky-sweet spice does more than provide a peppy flavour.
Paprika is rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C. They help absorb free radicals that break down collagen in the skin, so antioxidants help your skin look supple and plump. The spice also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, so it can help with acne, too.
Paprika is also a great source of the carotenoid beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A in the body and it can help prevent and treat some age and sun spots, as well.
How, you ask? Well, paprika is a vasodilator, meaning that it can cause blood vessels to widen temporarily, giving your complexion that healthy, alive-looking flush (other vasodilators include caffeine, cinnamon, sage, and L-arginine).
Paprika is extra beneficial for skin when combined with a fruit acid peelâ€”it really helps flush out impurities from the tissue and increase circulation, so you are left with detoxed skin and a rosy glow.It also helps even out pigment and strengthen the elasticity while protecting against photo-aging.
We recommend mixing paprika with honey, an effective natural moisturizer, to make an easy at-home face mask.
Here’s an easy DIY recipe for pretty, glowing skin: Mix one slice of avocado with one teaspoon of raw honey and half a teaspoon of paprika in a bowl, and apply the mixture to clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing.
Your skin may feel slightly tingly due to the paprika. Rinse off the mask, then tap on a face cream or oil to lock in moisture.
If you’re not down with incorporating the bright-red powder into your skin-care routine, you can always keep things old school by actually eating the spice. There are so many simple ways to add paprika to your diet,” says Simpson. “One of my
There are so many simple ways to add paprika to your diet, one of it is to sprinkle a paprika-and-coarse-sea-salt mixture over popcorn. You could also try adding paprika to hummus or a bean dip; using it as a seasoning in soups, stews, or purees (it pairs nicely with carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, squash, and pumpkins); or sprinkling it over rice, sauces, eggs, or steamed vegetables right before serving.