This Thanksgiving Spice Gives You Clear, Glowing Skin

Nope, it's not cinnamon

Updated 11/07/18

Nutmeg is often overshadowed by its flashier fall-spice counterpart, cinnamon. But we're here to say justice for nutmeg. In addition to being a cozy ingredient in your latte (seriously, a PSL would not taste the same without the flavor profile it brings), nutmeg is also a powerhouse skincare ingredient. It's got anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and astringent properties that can help brighten dull skin and even treat acne. 

Intrigued? So were we. We spoke with celebrity aesthetician Joshua Ross of SkinLab to learn more about the magical benefits of nutmeg for skin. Here is how to incorporate this spice into your skincare routine, whether you prefer to DIY or get your products from Sephora.

To Even Out Your Skin Tone

McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Whole Nutmeg $11
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One of the biggest benefits of nutmeg for skin is that it can help even out pigmentation, according to Ross. He recommends whipping up a DIY mask consisting of a teaspoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of yogurt, a tablespoon of raw honey, and a pinch of nutmeg to help even out your skin tone. Mix all the ingredients together, apply in a thick layer to your skin, and leave on for 10 minutes for best results.

To Help With Acne

365 Everyday Value Ground Nutmeg $5
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If you struggle with acne, nutmeg could be the ingredient your skincare routine is missing. "The second major benefit of nutmeg is that it's super anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, making it a great natural ingredient for treating acne," Ross says. "Just be sure to only use a tiny amount or it can make skin red."

Ready to add nutmeg into your skincare arsenal? Here are our favorite nutmeg-containing products.

May Lindstrom The Problem Solver $100
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This warming mask combines the powerful effects of nutmeg with other spices, like cayenne, to help stimulate circulation and douse skin in antioxidants. The result: clearer, more glowing skin.

Coco Ensoleille Pumpkin Latte Mask $52
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Really lean into the pumpkin-spice trend this fall with this exfoliating mask. It's formulated with pumpkin, which contains glycolic acid, along with spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

Hydrating Cream
Whal Myung Hydrating Cream $52
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This moisturizer combines five super-powerful herbs—citrus peel, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and corydalis—with hydrating shea butter and ceramide to make skin more luminous and hydrated.

Space. nk. apothecary Uma Ultimate Brightening Rose Powder Cleanser
UMA Ultimate Brightening Rose Powder Cleanser $65 $33
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This cleansing powder follows the principles of Ayurveda to exfoliate and cleanse skin. The list of ingredients is simple, powerful, and 100% organic: rose flower, calendula, marigold, chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint, orange peel, nutmeg, oats and walnuts, and bentonite clay.

Molton Brown Alba White Truffle Exfoliator $20
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This exfoliator ups the ante on Molton Brown's signature hand lotions with truffle extract and nutmeg.

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