As the harvest of fall fruits and vegetables start to emerge at local farmers markets, a seasonal change occurs with what you cook and eat. With so much beautiful fall bounty abundant this season, why not incorporate a change in your beauty & skincare routine as well?
Spa Gregorie’s talented estheticians share their favorite fall produce items that can be incorporated into your skincare & wellness routine. Check out these amazing Autumn tips:
1. APPLES: Apples have a very cooling, slightly exfoliating effect on our skin due to the malic acids in the fruit. Malic acid is proven to even skin tone, tighten pores, reduce or erase appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. When applied to the skin, apples also bring increased circulation and nourishment to the skin!
DIY Apple Face Masque: Mash up 1/2 of an apple (include the skin, but do not include the core or seeds) with a mortar and pestle, or in a food processor. In a small dish, mix the mashed apple with 1 tbsp. raw honey. Apply to the face and leave on 10-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Finish with a splash of cool water. Follow up with a natural moisturizer or gently massage in a few drops of organic extra virgin olive oil.
2. CRANBERRIES: This hot little product is the ultimate seasonal scrub for cleaner, softer and smoother skin. And it smells divine!
Arcona’s Cranberry Gommage: Unclog and minimize pores with cranberry and raspberry enzymes. Exfoliate and purify skin with salicylic acid, volcanic minerals and sucrose that work deep within the follicular wall and provide antimicrobial, antibacterial benefits. Protect skin with the anti-aging properties of antioxidants that prevent free radical damage.
3. PUMPKIN: Pumpkin is known to be the highest ingredient source of natural vitamin A, along with containing over 100 other beneficial vitamins and phyto-nutrients.
DIY Pumpkin Body Masque: Start by mixing 2 cups of pureed, cooked fresh or canned pumpkin. Add 4 tablespoons un-flavored yogurt, 4 tablespoons honey, 1/3 cup ground almonds, 1/4 teaspoon olive oil. Mix and apply to clean, moist skin.The enzymes are more active when moist, so sit in a warm tub or shower for 5-10 minutes. Remove with a clean washcloth. Apply moisturizer and enjoy soft clean skin! Cover the rest of the mixture and use within a week.
4. CARROTS: Not all of fall’s bounty has to be applied ON the skin. Adding carrots to your diet has tremendous amounts of anti-aging benefits. Among them:
–Nourish Skin: Carrot has a strong cleansing properties that are effective in detoxifying the liver, thus very effective for acne that is caused by toxins from the blood. Carrot is also useful for treating uneven skin tones due to pigmentation.
–Anti-Aging: Carrots contain a lot of beta-carotene, which serves as an antioxidant that helps the body to fight against free radicals. It also help slows down the aging of cells and various negative effect associated with aging.
–Dental Health: Carrots can even help clean your teeth, and is the best way to keep your mouth clean after meals. They act as natural abrasives that help in eliminating the dirt and plague from the teeth and gums. In addition, minerals in carrots helps to kill germs in the mouth and prevent tooth damage.
5. CINNAMON: Used for thousands of years as an antiseptic, astringent, antifungal treatment and anti-viral aid, cinnamon also helps ease digestion and menstrual cramps, and works as an exfoliant. What a powerhouse! This relaxing cinnamon foot scrub smells divine and will give your sweet feet much needed pampering.
DIY Cinnamon Foot Scrub: Combine juice from 5 organic lemons, 1 t olive oil, 1/4 cup whole milk, 1/2 cup water and 1 t cinnamon together and place in your tub or other foot-size bucket. Slather all over your heels (perfect for dry, cracked skin), balls of your feet, and toes. Keep scrub on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.