Autumn Leaves

It’s official, I have Fall fever!  So far, the season has been so awesome here in Connecticut.  The warm, dry days; cool, crisp nights; and the leaves slowly changing into spectacular colors make me happy to be a New Englander.  What I also adore about the season is the amazing harvest of apples, pears and pumpkins.  While we are eating to our hearts’ content of these staples daily thanks to our favorite local farm stand, I have found ways to use these Fall gems as beauty treatments.  As a follow-up to my DIY summer beauty treatments post, I scoured the Internet for all the Fall-fabulous beauty tips I could find and came up with this list of the ones that worked best for me.  What I love about these recipes is that they contain ingredients I already had in my kitchen and were so easy to make, even with my seven month old strapped to me in the baby carrier.

Apple Pie Face Mask

I have to say I love, love this face mask that is so easy to make!  The original recipe can be found here, and the author does a very good job outlining why each of the ingredients are good for the skin.  But I do want to add that I use apple cider vinegar daily for so many things and the health benefits are incredible.

ap face mask ingred

Ingredients

1/2 banana

1/4 cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

Mix all the ingredients together and leave on for 5-10 minutes.  Rinse with a warm washcloth and pat dry.

ap fm mixture

I cut half the banana and gave my adorable assistant the other half to keep him occupied.

banana baby

I only used 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon since I have sensitive skin and the author warned that too much cinnamon might cause redness or irritation. I had to apply the thick, yummy smelling mixture over the sink because bits and pieces kept falling to the ground and I had a baby crawling around me like a puppy waiting for scraps to fall off a table.  Once fully applied, I felt tightening just like other store-bought face masks, except this time I actually know what ingredients were in it.  No weird chemicals, just pure ingredients from my pantry!  I also felt a stinging sensation, which comes from the astringent nature of the apple cider vinegar.  I did leave the mask on five minutes longer than the 5-10 minutes suggested and I knew I was ready to rinse it off when my face started to feel warm and I was noticing red splotches.  This made me a little nervous, but once I wiped it with a warm, damp washcloth, my skin looked really pink and glowing.  My skin felt tighter and the pores seemed closed.  It continued to feel this way even the morning after the treatment.  The best part? For a good part of the day I smelled like cinnamon and apples, as opposed my usual scent of sweat and breast milk.  I stored the remaining mixture in the fridge and used it once more a couple days later.

Honey Fruit Mask

I was a little skeptical on the effectiveness of this face mask given it’s just basically smearing apple and pear sauce on your face, but with just three ingredients I decided to  to try it anyway since we bought a bunch a pears from our favorite local farm stand. According to the post, pear is known as anti-aging and full of essential vitamins c and vitamin k.  Also, honey is a natural humectant and anti-inflammatory and apples smooth the skin and will refine the pores.  The creator of this recipe stresses using organic apples, my guess is to prevent your skin from absorbing yucky pesticides.

honey fruit mask

Ingredients

6 Tbsp of organic honey

One skinned apple

One skinned pear

Directions

Place apple and pear in a blender or food processor.  Drain any excess water.  The mix in honey with a spoon.  Apply on face and leave for 20 minutes.  Rinse with a warm towel or wash cloth (to prevent food particles from clogging the drain).

I did leave the skin on both the apple and pear because that is where most of the fruits’ nutritional benefits reside. But I knew my high speed blender could handle it, so it is up to you if you want to leave the skin on or off.

 

schmearing with baby

Baby looking at me wondering what the heck I’m doing. He did try to lick my face several times it smelled so good!

 

I didn’t feel much happening while the mask was on, and decided to keep it on an extra five minutes in addition to the 20 minute leave on time.  So we read a book and waited a couple extra minutes.

 

"You think that face mask tastes good, mom.  But you should try chewing on this book!"

“You think that face mask tastes good, mom. But you should try chewing on this book!”

After I washed this off my skin felt clean, soft, and surprisingly moisturized.  My skin continued to tighten a good few minutes after I rinsed.  Overall this was a great treatment, albeit a little messy due to the stickiness of the honey.  It smelled and tasted delicious!  It was so good I decided put the remaining mixture in our morning oatmeal. Yum.

Sugar and Spice Body Scrub

What Fall beauty treatment would be complete without PUMPKIN?   It is loaded with vitamin A, and is frequently used topically as a treatments for acne and other skin conditions, including wrinkles. By applying this vitamin directly to the skin, you are getting the natural goodness straight from the source.  Here is a very simple body scrub that is ah-mazing.

s&s ingred

Ingredients

1/2 cup of canned pumpkin

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients and apply all over your body (concentrate on areas where your skin is driest), avoiding the face and scrub gently to exfoliate. Rinse off scrub with warm water and pat dry.

scrub mix

This was great.  Left my dry skin feeling soft and light.  I did add a little bit of Epsom salt to make it a little thicker and help with exfoliation, but I am sure the sugar alone would have been fine.  I used all of the mixture because my skin is extra dry, but could have certainly used it in another recipe like oatmeal because it tasted and smelled delish!

I did find a recipe for DIY pumpkin hair conditioner for dry hair, but have not had a chance to try it yet because it requires drying your hair for 15 minutes and

aint nobody got

When I do get around to it, if it does work, I’ll be sure to share it!

It feels good using products that I made myself with ingredients I already had at home in my pantry.  Not only does it save money and spare you the hassle of going to large make-up counters, there are no chemicals in any of these treatments, so I know every ingredient I schmeared on is safe.  What a great way to celebrate the season and Mother Nature’s goodness!

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