To me, it means falling leaves, cooler days, perfect weather for hiking and mountain biking and the start of ski season. I’m targeting October 27th for my first day. But until then, I’m all about enjoying Indian Summer: Pumpkins, apples and warm afternoons.
On the flip side, fall also means drier air, colder wind and, sometimes, harsh temperature swings. None of these things are especially good for your skin. Continue using moisturizer with SPF, sunscreen, and thick, rich moisturizers for your hands and feet and your skin will weather the changing weather. Even better, try one of these fall-inspired natural skin care concoctions, infused with one of autumn’s wonders: The Pumpkin.
Pumpkin is good for your skin because it is full of beta carotene, an antioxidant, protein, essential fatty acids and Vitamins C and E, along with some of the B’s, and lots of healthy minerals. That’s if you eat it.
As a natural skin care ingredient, pumpkin makes an excellent mask or scrub. It will soften your skin, remove impurities and clear out your pores.
Pumpkin Face Mask for Regular Skin
- 2 TBS cooked pumpkin (you can used canned)
- 1 TBS honey
Mix well and apply to your face. Sit back, relax and wait 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Apply moisturizer.
Pumpkin Face Mask for Dry Skin
- 1 cup cooked pumpkin
- 1 egg yolk
Mix well and add a little bit of milk if the mask is too thick. Apply to your face. Sit back, relax and wait 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Apply moisturizer.
- Organic Cane Sugar or Epsom Salt
- Cooked pumpkin
Combine the sugar or salt in equal amounts. Rub, scrub and exfoliate with a slow, circular motion. Rinse off. Apply moisturizer.
Pumpkin Heel Balm
- Cooked pumpkin
Mix in equal amounts of pumpkin and vaseline. Massage into clean heels. Do this regularly for best results.
Eucerin Giveaway Information….
This month, Eucerin is offering a prize pack containing Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essentials Body Lotion, Eucerin Calming Crème, an Aromatique™ Pumpkin Spice candle and a holiday cookbook by Williams-Sonoma entitled Thanksgiving.
I’ve already received this pack and for the cookbook alone it is worth entering. Add to it, Eucerin’s Calming Creme (just the kind of thick, rich moisturizer my hands and feet crave in the fall and winter), Smoothing Essentials and a really delicious smelling candle and you’re set for October clear through November.
To enter, leave a comment here. For a second entry follow @EucerinUS and @BraveSkiMom on Twitter. Make sure to let me know you’ve done this, so I can keep track of your entries.
One winner will be chosen by random drawing on Monday, October 24th.
I am very happy to be working with Eucerin as part of their Skin First Blogger Network. As part of this effort, Eucerin provides me with skin care information, as well as skin care and wellness products. They also provide giveaways to my readers. This month, I will receive the same prize pack as the giveaway winner, with an additional pumpkin carving kit. Occasionally, Eucerin also offers me prizes for creative blogs and for completing a series of goals.
All opinions expressed in this post are my own and reflect exactly what I would tell my friends and family.
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