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Beautiful Living: Fall Beauty Recipes - Pumpkin Love
Written by Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum   

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

Ingredients:

·         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

Ingredients:

·         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!

 
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