The Beauty of Autumn
Fall is in the air and that means cooler temperatures, breezy days, leaves changing color, apple picking, and hayrides, but it also means one thing: dry skin! You can use some of the favorites of fall not just in your kitchen, but also in your beauty regimen to combat the drying effects of the cooler air.
Apples contain antioxidants that help smooth fine lines, combat wrinkles, and rejuvenate skin.
- Skin softening mask. Using a double boiler, dissolve 1 tablespoon of gelatin with ½ cup apple juice. Continue to cook until it turns into a gel consistency. Apply the cooled mask to your face and let it dry. Rinse off with warm water.
- Wrinkle fighter. Keeping the peel on, grate an apple and mix with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. Apply as a mask. Let sit 10 minutes then rinse off with warm water.
Pumpkins, like apples, contain antioxidants that fight fine lines and wrinkles but in addition, they contain fruit enzymes that dissolve dead skin cells, leaving you with more youthful looking skin.
- Body scrub. Mix 1 cup of pumpkin puree, 1-cup brown sugar and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Using circular motions, apply the mixture to your body. Rinse with warm water.
- Face mask. In a bowl, mix ¼ cup pureed pumpkin, ½ tsp turmeric powder, and 1 tsp manuka honey. Mix until well blended and apply a thin layer to your skin. Let it sit for 5 minutes then rinse off.
Pineapples contain bromelain and vitamin C which help clear the complexion anf ward off inflammation. Bromelain also helps dissolve dead skin cells.
- Pineapple mask. In a blender, puree pineapple slices. Smooth puree over your face and let dry. Once dry, gently rub your face with your fingers, like a massage. Rinse off mask with a wet washcloth and warm water.
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