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Fall into Healthy Glowing Skin

Oct 01, 2012 03:33PM ● By Rachel Serrano

Summertime can be pretty harsh on our skin.  If we don’t take the time to heal now, the winter can just add to the stress of the skin. Thankfully, we can treat ourselves to a few at-home tricks this fall for healthy, glowing skin.


Below are two great recipes that can help you get healthier looking skin now. Feel free to use the ingredients exactly as listed below, or add or take away any ingredient as needed to tailor the recipe to your own skin needs.


Pumpkin Scrub

½ cup pumpkin puree (canned is okay; organic is the best choice)
½ cup brown sugar or ½ Epsom salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
3 Tbsp honey
5 Tbsp milk (whole)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix together the brown sugar and olive oil. Let sit for about 2 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix everything together. A great way to store the scrub is in a mason jar. This also makes a great homemade gift.


Pumpkin Facial Mask

¼ cup pumpkin puree (again canned pumpkin okay; organic is even better)
2 tsp Epsom salt
3 Tbsp coffee grounds
3 Tbsp milk (whole)
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp nutmeg or 1 tsp ginger

Mix all ingredients together, put on your face and leave on for 15 minutes.  Rinse with warm water.


Tips: Organic pumpkin puree is also available at your local organic markets. If consistency is too thick you can add milk by the teaspoon for desired consistency. If too thin you can add more pumpkin puree.


Jamie Wiewiora is a staff member at Envisions Personalized Health located at 4620 Alvarado Canyon Rd. in San Diego. Be sure to check out their fall specials which include a 3-month fall skin care plan and Fall Pamchakarma Cleanse Kits. Call 619-229-9695 for details, more specials or to book an appointment.

Pumpkin puree:
 glowing skin, natural enzymes (may cause a slight tingling), vitamin A, helps cell reproduction and exfoliates
Granulated brown sugar: glowing skin and exfoliates
Epsom salt: exfoliates, eliminates redness and itchiness, helps fight acne by killing off bacteria
Olive oil: moisturizes
Milk: moisturizes
Nutmeg: smoother, healthier skin, helps get rid of acne and blackheads
Cinnamon: helps with blood circulation and to heal dry skin
Ginger: great for dry, sensitive skin
Honey: eliminates wrinkles and fine lines, rejuvenates and brightens skin, prevents pimples, fights acne, helps renew skin cells
Vanilla extract: prevents damage to skin cells, improves skin tone and is a great stress reliever
Coffee: tightens skin and is full of antioxidants
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