It seems like the more the years go by, the more I want to know what the ingredients are in my beauty products. I have found if I can make it myself, I can tailor it to my skin type as well as know the quality of ingredients I am putting on my skin.
A couple of months back, I shared a blog with you all about some moisturizing DIY scrubs and the benefits of sugar and salt scrubs for dry, chapped hands. Because this is fall, sweater weather and pumpkin season, I thought I'd share with you a scrub that I have used and love how it smells, especially for this time of year. This is definitely one of my favorite times of the year. Crisp air, sweater weather, brisk hikes and the smell of pumpkin pie!
Pumpkin Body Sugar Scrub
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oil (almond, oil or coconut oil)
1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 1-2 tsp. cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg)
1 tsp real vanilla extract
Put in an airtight container with a scooper and use 1-2 times per week in shower.
A couple of weeks ago, my niece was visiting from out of town. We were making scrubs, lip balms and cuticle oils together, and she said she'd like to learn how to make face serums. There are many facial serums to choose from and most of them can be quite expensive. However, we are in the thick of pumpkin season, so I decided to research the benefits of pumpkin seed oil. Here's what I found:
BENEFITS OF PUMPKIN SEED OIL:
High in antioxidants, which fights signs of aging
Selenium and zinc are great for fighting acne
Zinc helps maintain collagen levels
Vitamin A stimulates cell turnover
Fatty acids (omega 3s and 6s) deliver mega-hydration without leaving an oily residue
Vitamin E reduces scarring and improves skin texture
Selenium provides UV protection
Improves oxygen levels ,which leads to accelerated healing
Organic pumpkin seed oil is one of the most nutritional oils available, and contains essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and sterols. Historically, pumpkin seeds (either the whole seeds or the pressed oil) have been used all around the world for healing purposes.
Pumpkin Seed Facial Serum
3 drops vitamin E Oil
Fill dropper bottle halfway full with pumpkin seed oil. Add the rosehip seed oil until the bottle is three-quarters full. Add the drops of vitamin E oil, and mix all the ingredients together. Apply this serum in the morning & evening before bedtime.
*Shake bottle well. The serum can keep for between 6 months to one year.
I ordered the oils for the facial serum above last week through Amazon and haven't received them as of yet (I'm guessing the delay was because of the snow we had). However, I can't wait to try the serum and see the benefits of using them. Who knows - maybe I'll look a couple of years younger, ha!
Here are a couple of ideas for the scrub & serum besides using it for yourself:
Let your neighbor know you are thinking about them for Halloween. You can give it to your neighbor in a decorative bag, maybe along with the pumpkin bread recipe that my mom made every year. It was always a hit amongst friends & family.
These self-care treats also make a great hostess gift for Thanksgiving!
If you have family or friends staying with you at Thanksgiving, make it and put it in their bathroom. They will love to use it while they are with you and can take home with them.
Here's to you and to self-care!