Ingredient Spotlight: Cinnamon



At the recent W.E.L.L. Summit in Boston, I had the pleasure of taking a workshop with Jolene Hart, who wrote Eat Pretty—a book that teaches you how to eat for healthy skin. She reminded me what incredible health benefits spices—particularly cinnamon—have when we eat them routinely. Cinnamon, for example, is a potent antioxidant that helps stabilize blood sugar levels, and it can also help repair tissue damage and inflammation caused by high levels of blood sugar.

There are many more reasons to include cinnamon in your diet for good health (digestion, healthy circulation, and much more) but in addition, there are great reasons to include it in your skincare routine, too.

Let’s turn our ingredient spotlight onto cinnamon for better skin. I bet we can all agree that the smell of cinnamon is comforting and warming, and perhaps makes us think of holidays and treats. From an aromatherapy perspective, cinnamon helps fight exhaustion and depression. When applied topically in small doses, cinnamon helps warm and stimulate blood vessels, which brings blood flow to the skin’s surface and helps skin retain a healthy glow. In the same way, cinnamon helps keep your scalp healthy and happy for normal hair growth. The antioxidants in cinnamon help protect and repair. Cinnamon also helps tighten and tone pores, and it fights acne with its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It makes a great exfoliate, which is why you see it often in face masks and scrubs. Cinnamon is well suited to people with oily to combination skin, but it can be used in small doses for any skin type but those with sensitivities.

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About Susannah Compton

Susannah Compton is the founder and formulator behind Florescent, a line of 100% botanical perfumes she blends in small batches from organic and wild crafted aromatics. Plant-based skincare and cosmetics are a way of life for Susannah, who writes about clean beauty and the benefits of botanical ingredients for No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and Integrity Botanicals. Florescent, however, is Susannah’s personal expression of healthy beauty. Susannah has been working with botanical aromatics for years, blending first for therapeutic purposes before delving into the art of perfumery. Having rarely experienced the depth and complexity of true botanicals in conventional perfume, she learned the art of blending and created what her heart desired — a scent that would move her the way perfume should. In search of those elevating, ethereal bouquets of scent, Susannah honed her skills behind the perfume bench. She launched Florescent in the spring of 2015 to share the lush experience and pleasing ritual of real perfume.