For me, it never gets old to see the leaves change colors on the trees: bronze, gold, yellow, and mahogany are only a few of the exquisite hues that paint the sky each autumn. As we transition into colder days and chillier nights, here are two fall-inspired beauty recipes to celebrate this glorious season.
Did you know that pumpkin is excellent for all skin types? High in vitamins A and C and beta carotene, pumpkin is delicious inside and out. You can make your own pumpkin face masque at home, by using either fresh pumpkin (buy a mini-pumpkin from the grocery store, organic is best) or you could try organic canned pumpkin. Then, try a lovely pumpkin spice body scrub!
Pumpkin Facial Masque
· ¼ cup organic pumpkin, pureed
· 2 tablespoons raw honey (I recommend raw neem, manuka or buckwheat honey for their fantastic healing and vitamin- and mineral-rich properties; vegans, use agave nectar.)2 tablespoons organic greek yogurt (or coconut yogurt for vegans)
· 2 tablespoons raw brown sugar
· 2 teaspoons ground organic oats
· ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice seasoning (eliminate for very sensitive skin types)
Mix together well and apply to clean, slightly damp skin. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well, and marvel at your luscious skin.
This recipe makes enough for 4-5 masques. Have a fall spa party or refrigerate leftovers for up to a week. Alternatively, freeze the rest in a covered ice tray (use within 2 months).
Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub
· 1 cup raw brown sugar
· ½ cup organic virgin coconut oil
· 2 tablespoons molasses
· 1 tablespoon pumpkin powder (optional)
· 2 teaspoons organic jojoba oil (or another light oil you have on hand, such as sunflower, argan, or baobab)
· 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract (or 10 drops vanilla oleoresin or CO2)
· 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice seasoning (eliminate for very sensitive skin types)
Melt coconut oil over double boiler until semi-melted. Remove from heat. Add sugar and jojoba oil and stir well. Add in molasses, pumpkin powder, vanilla, and pumpkin spice seasoning and continue to stir. Store in wide-mouthed jar for up to 9 months.
Enjoy, and most of all, enjoy fall!