by Shannen Talbot
Enjoying a pumpkin pie and those delicious pumpkin spice lattes are an obvious fall highlight, but pumpkin has much more to offer: Rich in Vitamin A, which soothes and softens the skin, and Vitamin C, an antioxidant that heals damaged skin, pumpkin, when used externally, can provide improvements to the skin. If you spent the summer in the sun and just so happened to overexpose your skin to those rays, then pumpkin is an excellent remedy to help the skin bounce back. The vitamin properties in pumpkin doesn’t end at A and C, it also includes vitamin E and T, which help fight acne. And if you rub a piece of fresh pumpkin on the face after your morning and nightly wash, it acts as a natural blemish-fighting toner. In addition to its vitamin count, this vegetable is rich in enzymes that help with dissolving dry skin cells. So if the cold temperatures suck the moisture from your skin, mixing pureed pumpkin and an equal amount of vaseline applied nightly to the feet and covered with cotton makes for a great deep moisturizing treatment.
Pumpkin Face Mask
1 tbsp. pumpkin puree
1 tsp. raw honey
Mix ingredients together and apply evenly on the face. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse as normal. If you have oily skin or are prone to acne swap out the raw honey and use apple cider vinegar.
Recipe by Jennifer Raincloud, primallyinspired.com
Cinnamon & Honey
Cinnamon is a skincare ally due to all its beauty benefits. This spice comes from the inner bark of a Cinnamomum tree containing fiber, manganese, calcium and iron. Combined, these properties can help clear and purify the skin, treat rough and dry skin, and even stimulate hair growth. Cinnamon essential oil holds health benefits, too: By mixing at least 10 drops of cinnamon essential oil with a liter of water, it can be sprayed and used as a disinfectant. With all that this complex spice has to offer, if you incorporate it into your daily diet and beauty regime you will begin to see its wonders.
Cinnamon Hair Mask
1 tsp. of ground cinnamon
1 tsp. of honey
1 tbsp. of olive oil
Mix ingredients together and apply to the hair and leave hair mask for 20 minutes. Due to the variety of hair textures and length ingredients may need to be doubled.
Cinnamon Facial Mask to Enhance Complexion
Half a banana
1 tsp. of ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. of lemon juice
Place all ingredients in blender for a smooth and even consistency. Smooth paste over entire face and leave it on for 15 minutes.
Recipe by Saba, stylecraze.com
Apples and Oats
The appreciation for oats and their health benefits have been accepted nutritionally, but they have beauty benefits, too. At-home facial masks eliminate the acidic properties that can be in branded skin products, and oatmeal is a gentle ingredient for the skin, rather then others that harshly remove dead skin cells from the skin's surface. A homemade oatmeal face mask will allow the skin to absorb amino acids from the oatmeal and help heal the skin's blemishes. Apples contain vitamins A, B and C and antioxidants, and when used on the skin it can help relieve skin damage as well as blemishes. Mix apples and oats together and get the benefits of both!
1/2 an apple
1 tbsp. warm milk
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp. pure oatmeal
Blend dry oats to a powder consistency and set aside. Blend 1/2 an apple until its close to a puree form (leave on the skin). Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and apply mask to the face. Leave mask for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.