Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Autumn Hydration

It's officially Autumn! And that means it is Pumpkin Season! I am sure it is safe to say that we are all addicted to Pumpkin Spice Lattes or Starbuck’s new Toasted Graham Latte, which are so good! I bet you have even planned a trip to your local farm to find that perfect pumpkin to carve, but did you know that pumpkins can help your skin just as much as it helps you get in the festive spirit? Pumpkins are packed with zinc, antioxidants, and vitamins. Pumpkins are packed with fruit enzymes and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin. Pumpkins contain antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging. Zinc in pumpkin seeds is brilliant for acne sufferers. Zinc will help control the hormone level and oil production, as well as assist with healing of the skin. Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are necessary to maintain good barrier function of the skin. They also regulate sebum, great for an oily skin. (
I love to try anything pumpkin, especially food, but have you ever thought about putting pumpkin on your face? I know I have! Whether you have extra filling from the pumpkin you carved or a can of pumpkin puree (preferably organic), you can create your own at home pumpkin facial mask. Pumpkin Facial Mask Whisk together about 1/4 cup of pumpkin and 1 tsp of thick full fat Greek yogurt. For dry skin, add a 1/4 tsp of coconut oil or two drops of flax oil. For oily skin, add 1/4 tsp of baking soda. Spread the mixture all over your face and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse to reveal a brighter, more moisturized face. To finish, apply a moisturizing serum. I recommend Intelligent-SkinSense’s Lock In™ Serum. Lock In™ deeply rehydrates even the driest, most thirsty skin. It is packed with soothing anti-inflammatory herbs, healing anti-oxidants, and botanicals. It helps cells retain moisture and adds additional moisture to the skin. With this season, we need to make sure our skin stays hydrated. Dry patches are not fun when you need to wear heavy makeup for a holiday event! Opting for naturally hydrating products can alleviate the majority of concerns associated with skin care needs. With natural and organic moisturizers, your skin won’t be irritated or left with rough areas during the colder months. Plant-based moisturizers, like products by Intelligent-SkinSense, can lock hydration into the skin and aide in the absorption of vitamins. Some of my favorite naturally, hydrating ingredients for Autumn include: Lavender Oil: has been used for centuries as an aide to skin care and help relieve stress. Orange Oil: provides quick and effective relief from inflammation, both internal and external. Aloe Vera: has several properties that aide in treating a variety of skin conditions, from flaky/dry skin, cosmetic ailments, hair and scalp problems to many more. Hyaluronic Acid: has the ability to retain moisture; it’s considered to have a greater capacity to hold moisture than any other natural or synthetic polymer. In fact, one gram of hyaluronic acid is able to hold up to six liters of water (International Journal of Toxicology, July/August 2009)! Going back to pumpkins…. if you use the filling for a facial mask, I highly recommend you use the seeds for my favorite treat! Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as a source of the mineral zinc. The World Health Organization even recommends their consumption as a good way of obtaining this needed nutrient.
Ingredients SERVINGS: MAKES ABOUT 1 1/2 CUPS (depending on size of pumpkin) Seeds from one pumpkin 1 tablespoon olive oil Sea Salt Preparation Scrape seeds and any attached strands from pumpkin using a large spoon (or preferred utensil). Place seeds in a colander and rinse well to help separate seeds from strands. Set seeds aside. Cook seeds in a medium saucepan of boiling salted water until beginning to look translucent, usually takes 5 minutes. Drain and transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Make sure to dry seeds as well as possible. Preheat oven to 425°. Spread seeds on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle and toss with olive oil, and season with sea salt. Roast until golden and crispy, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely. Additives Before baking or directly out of the oven, you can toss the seeds with one of the following combinations: 1 tsp. Za’atar and 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest 1 tbsp. sugar and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1 tbsp. brown sugar and ¼ orange zest OR My Favorite! Drizzle ¼ cup melted dark chocolate over seeds and let harden (make sure to place over wax paper before drizzle) Enjoy!

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