Not too long ago I came across the incredible beauty benefits of Paprika, the spice, in powder form. Turns out, it’s literally filled with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Let’s talk about a few of it’s benefits.
Lightens Complexion: Paprika is packed with vitamins, iron, and beta-carotene, which prevent the occurrence of freckles and age spots. They improve your complexion by restricting the production of melanin, which is responsible for making your skin darker.
Anti-ageing Benefits: As already mentioned, paprika is rich in beta-carotene, which gets converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A plays a crucial role in the maintenance of healthy skin. It prevents the occurrence of wrinkles and promotes a bright complexion.
Treatment of Skin Problems: The amazing antibacterial properties of paprika make it effective for the treatment of skin problems caused by bacteria. Acne is one such problem. Including paprika in your diet may help in preventing the occurrence of acne.
Treatment of Spider Veins: Paprika has been found to be useful in the prevention and treatment of spider veins because it possesses certain properties that strengthen the veins and blood within the body. If you have spider veins in your legs, you can use this spice regularly in your diet to diminish these veins and prevent the formation of new ones.
Oh, and it’s also kind of amazing for your hair. Paprika contains more hair health benefiting nutrients than most vitamin pills! The rich slew of vitamins and minerals in this spice provide the following benefits to your hair:
Prevents Hair Loss: Paprika is a rich source of vitamin B6, which helps in preventing hair loss. Paprika also contains substantial amount of iron, which facilitates the transfer of oxygen to the hair follicles. It stimulates hair growth by improving circulation to the scalp.
Maintains Hair Color: Vitamin B6 in paprika is involved in the production of melanin, the pigment that imparts color to your hair. In fact, sweet paprika powder can be added to henna to impart a reddish tint to hair while coloring it. However, before using it on your scalp, it is advisable to do a patch test on the inside of your wrist to avoid an allergic reaction.
So, how do you use it?
You can prepare a facial mask by combining a tablespoon of paprika with two tablespoons of honey. Apply it all over your face in an even layer and leave for 20 minutes. This will even out your skin tone as well as reduce fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin, and dullness. It can also treat blemishes and blackheads, making your skin soft and glowing.
Please note, it is advisable to do a patch test before using it topically to ensure that you do not develop allergic reactions.[source]
Have you heard about the crazy beauty benefits of Paprika? Have you ever used?