Have you noticed that the smell of Christmas has suddenly started to fill the air? If like us you’ve already buckled to sentimentality and enjoyed your first mulled wine of the season, then you’ll know that warming, aromatic spices are the backbone of everyone’s favourite festive aroma. Cloves, star anise, and of course cinnamon, all play a part in this nostalgic fragrance. But what if we were to tell you that there’s more to these heady spices than meets the nose? Indeed, cinnamon, in particular, packs a punch in the health and well-being department too.

We’ve teamed up with health and lifestyle brand Gear Hungry, to explore more with this; our 5 IDEAL skincare benefits of cinnamon.


For those prone to a pimple outbreak, a reason to rejoice; cinnamon can aid in healing acne. The magic ingredient is anti-bacterial and works to kill the bacteria that can inflame the skin’s pores. Packed with anti-oxidants, cinnamon can also work to not only heal acne but prevent it. And as we all know, prevention is better than cure; never more pertinent than when discussing skin care.

If you want to take things a step further, then mixing cinnamon with honey will also provide the skin with inflammatory properties. This can dramatically improve the appearance of acne as well as helping to heal the skin condition.


Party season is soon to be upon us. The combination of late nights, increased alcohol consumption, and forgetting (or not being bothered) to follow our usual skincare routine risks leaving us with a dull looking complexion. This makes exfoliation a crucial step in our skincare process. The gritty texture of cinnamon can serve as the perfect texture for exfoliating the skin, and mixing cinnamon with the likes of honey can create a fantastic exfoliation mask that removes dead skin, stimulates blood flow and restores the skins glow. The perfect remedy for the party season, we think.


Santa not bringing you that tardis for Christmas? Not to worry. Cinnamon can equip us with a powerful tool to turn back time with its forceful anti-ageing properties.  Full of anti-oxidants, calcium, magnesium and iron, the ingredient stimulates blood flow and encourages cell renewal.  Encouraging blood flow also encourages a boost in collagen production, which anyone with a whisper of skincare knowledge at their disposal will know is the dream ticket to a younger, fuller looking face.


The change of weather combined with the party season can lead us to having dry and dehydrated skin. We’ve probably all noticed in the last few weeks blemishes and patches of dryness which would have been considered alien in the fresh summer months.

You’ll be pleased to hear, then, that cinnamon holds calcium; a lack of calcium can also lead the skin to become dry and dehydrated. Adopting calcium into your skincare routine can hydrate the skin and aid in it appearing supple and smooth in texture.  Cinnamon is a fast and easy way to include calcium into your skincare routine.


Cinnamon can work to improve the appearance of fine lines by plumping up the skin. Hydrating the skin also fades the appearance of fine lines to present a smooth texture and by regularly using cinnamon in your skincare routine, it will ensure that fine lines always appear reduced and skin is as plumped and supple as possible.

Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.