We’re way into autumn now, and with winter and holidays on their way you’ll want to get the most out of ingredients that are in season right now. That’s right, seasonal ingredients aren’t just for your lattes and farm-to-table menus, they are for DIY skin care too! Some of ingredients which are in season right now include: Pumpkin, apples, blackberry, carrots, cabbage, pear, spinach and so on.
Model-Approved Pumpkin DIY Mask
Pumpkins are great for your skin — they’re loaded with vitamins A, C and E (all known to fight wrinkles) plus heaps of beta-carotene, zinc, potassium and antioxidants, which can help eliminate redness. Pumpkin naturally exfoliates, soothes irritation and redness, calms breakouts and makes the skin brighter.
What you’ll need:
- 1 small slice of pumpkin
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of organic honey
- A few drops of apple-cider vinegar or lemon juice
Whether your pumpkin is leftover Thanksgiving decor or fresh from the patch, start by dicing up a small slice and blend it in a food processor until smooth. You should stay away from canned stuff, because they often lack nutrients. Whisk a half cup of your freshly made puree together with the egg, honey, and the vinegar or lemon juice. Use apple-cider vinegar for detoxifying skin and reducing inflammation and lemon juice for brightening skin and reducing oiliness. Apply your freshly made mask to clean skin, spreading it all over your face, neck, and chest. Relax for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse off.
Easy-to-make Apple Face Mask For Normal Skin
Apple is loaded with exfoliating enzymes, which can help boost the brightening effects of the AHAs in pumpkin in DIY recipes. Apples also have Vitamins A and C, both of which help nourish skin.
This is probably the most popular apple face pack as it contains honey. Apple and honey are used as main ingredient in many skin creams, skin packs, face washes etc.
- 1 Apple
- ½ teaspoon honey
Take 1 teaspoon of the grated apple in a bowl and add ½ teaspoon of honey. Mix well to form the pack and apply it all over the face. Keep for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water to reveal softer and smoother skin.
Moisturizing Carrot Face Mask
With ample Vitamin E and carotene, you can actually even out your skin tone by using a carrot-based mask once a week.
- 2 or 3 large carrots
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Peel two to three large carrots and slice them into small rounds. Boil the carrots in a small pot until they’re easily pierced with a fork. Drain the water away and pour the cooked carrot slices into a small bowl. Mash the carrots thoroughly with a fork. Mix up to 4 1/2 tablespoons of honey with the carrots, 1/2 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture has reached a smooth, creamy consistency. If you prefer a slightly different consistency, simply adjust the amount of honey to suit your preference. For a thinner mask, add a little bit of olive oil. Blend the oil in a bit at a time until the mask consistency suits you. Wait for it to cool down, then apply on your face. Leave it in place for about 10 minutes then rinse off with warm water and pat your skin dry.