Thursday, December 4, 2014

Pumpkins in all of their glory: Bringing Fall into your beauty routine

The fall season is upon us and Thanksgiving is right around the corner
and everyone is now making plans and preparing their bellies for the amount of
food they are going to eat. On a more serious note, however, with this time of
the year the weather is changing and so must our beauty regimen in order to
keep our skin in top condition.

Cold weather
leaves your skin feeling parched and dull. Fortunately for us, this fall season
is not only good for decorating our houses with pumpkins but these vitamin
packed mega squashes can protect our delicate skin from premature again,
clogged pores, and an uneven complexion.

Pumpkins are
enriched with many vitamins and anti-oxidants that can boost the elasticity of
our skin. So after carving those pumpkins don’t throw out all the puree instead
we are going to put it to good use.

So, to keep with
the holiday theme, here are scrubs and masks to keep every area of our body
hydrated and glowing. After all with the holidays come family photos, which you
want to look your best for.

Pumpkin Body Scrub:

This body scrub
will gently and effectively exfoliate your skin giving your skin a healthy

Combine, in a
small bowl:
1 Cup Pureed
1 Cup Sugar
1/8 Teaspoon of
1 Tablespoon of
Coconut Oil

Blend all of
these ingredients and apply it to your body. Gently scrub in circular motions,
using your fingertips. Rinse off with warm water and you are set, see the

Pumpkin Facial Scrub:

This will no
doubt cleanse your skin, removing excess dirt and leave your skin feeling clean
and soft, while giving your skin a lift.

Combine these
ingredients in a small bowl:
½ Cup of Pureed
3 Tablespoons of
½ Teaspoon of
Pumpkin Seed Oil
¼ Teaspoon of
Ground Cinnamon

Mix well. This
will give you a thick paste. Massage this scrub into your skin. Let this soak
into your skin for a few minutes before rinsing off with warm water. It is that

Purifying Facial Mask:

This facial mask
will help to give your skin a natural glow, aiding in moisturizing your skin.

In a small bowl,
combine these items:
2 Tablespoons of
Pureed Pumpkin
2 Teaspoons of
1 Egg Yolk,
beaten (until you see little bubbles)
Plain Yogurt (add
just enough to reach a spread-able consistency)

Cleanse your skin
before you apply this mask. Spread this mask onto your skin and relax, and let
this mask do its job for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, moisturize, and
enjoy smooth skin.

Now, you either have oily skin or dry
skin. You know who you are. Here is a mask for each of you, to help you get
through this season.

Face Mask for Oily Skin:

Add all of these
ingredients together and blend.
¼ Cup of Fresh
1 Teaspoon of
Pumpkin Seed Oil
1 Tablespoon of
Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Egg Yolk

Apply this to
your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water and enjoy.
This will help you control the shine.

Face Mask for Dry Skin:

The creamy
consistency is amazing for dry skin and will help nourish your skin.

Mix together:
¼ Cup of Fresh
1 Teaspoon of
Pumpkin Seed Oil
1 Teaspoon of
Almond Oil
Plain Yogurt; add
just enough to get a creamy consistency

Apply this
mixture to your face and leave it on your skin for 30 minutes. Rinse off with
warm water and moisturize right after to lock in the effects.

Pumpkin Pie Foot/Hand Scrub:

If you are like
me your feet crack and your hands become ruff when the weather outside starts
to become cold. This foot and hand scrub will help exfoliate off the rough
skin, leaving your skin soft and moisturized.

In a small bowl,
add all of these items together:
¼ Cup of Pureed
4 Tablespoons of
2 Tablespoons of
an Essential Oil (jojoba, grape-seed, almond, or olive oil)
1 Teaspoon of
½ Teaspoon of

a large bowl or the way I do it, sit on the edge of the tub, and massage this
mixture into your feet or hands. Focus on the rough areas and cuticles. To
enhance the benefits, allow this mixture to remain on your skin for 5 minutes,
and then rinse off with warm water

Pumpkin Hair Mask:

Yes, we are even
going to put pumpkin in our hair. Pumpkin is an excellent conditioner for dry
hair, as it is packed with vitamins that aid in softening. This recipe promises
to make your hair shiny and soft which is the ultimate goal, right?  

Combine in a
½ Cup of Pureed
¼ Cup of Plain
2 Tablespoons of

the mask to your entire head (it doesn’t matter if you have dry or oily hair.
If your hair tends to be very oily, simply avoid adding this mask to your
roots). Once your hair is fully saturated, you can either put on one of those
old-fashion shower caps or you can wrap your hair in plastic wrap. This allows
your hair to soak in the full benefits of the mask. Leave this on for 30
minutes. Rinse off with warm water (you can either wash your hair as normal or
just rinse the mask out). This will also help tame the little strands of hair
that tend to dance on the top of our heads. Enjoy!

Did you ever
think you could use pumpkin for so many different things besides cooking? You
are now taking the use of a pumpkin to a whole new level.

Each one of these
mixtures will help you keep every area of your body in perfect condition
despite the weather outside. Who knew these mega squashes could be so useful
for beauty?

these masks and scrubs will help you radiate in those family photos and help
you make it through this holiday with ease.