Don't you just love the fall? The leaves start to turn, and the temperatures drop just enough to finally slip into your favorite cozy knits and lightweight jackets. Alas, this seasonal change also comes knocking with bitter, chilly gusts and dry air, climate elements that inevitably irritate your delicate skin and ruin that golden sun-kissed glow you worked so hard to achieve all summer.
The chillier weather means it's time for a skin care regimen change! However, toxic ingredients, chemical aromas and harsh preservatives found in store-bought beauty products can negatively affect your skin. Don't lose hope yet, though! A more wholesome beauty regimen is possible. Here are three natural DIY skin care products made from whole food ingredients (some of which may already be in your kitchen pantry) for flawless autumn skin:
There are several beauty benefits to using coconut oil; it contains natural antibacterial and antioxidant properties as well as hydrating fatty acids that deeply moisturize and rejuvenate your skin without stripping away your natural oils, leaving your face glowing.
HOMEMADE COCONUT MOISTURIZER
1 cup virgin coconut oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
In a mixing bowl, whip coconut oil using a manual or electric whip.
Add lavender essential oils and vitamin E oil. Process until you achieve a fluffy cream consistency.
Pour mixture into a clean container for your daily use.
Experiment with different essential oils for a personalized fragrance.
Raw honey (that's unheated, unpasteurized and unprocessed) is moisturizing and a great source of enzymes and nutrients. It's also packed with soothing antimicrobial and antioxidant attributes to help reduce breakouts for an acne-free complexion. Incorporating this superfood to your skin care routine will leave you fresh-faced and gleaming.
HONEY & BROWN SUGAR FACE SCRUB
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Mix honey and brown sugar in a small bowl.
Apply your homemade mix evenly to clean skin and massage, gently avoiding your eyes.
Rinse and pat face dry with a clean towel.
This simple recipe will clean your clogged pores, remove dead cells and minimize the appearance of pores. I also like to use this little scrub on my lips (it's quite tasty, too).
Did you know that you can make your own cosmetics from the comfort of your home? The thought of making your own makeup might sound a little intimidating at first, but don't fret, it's actually easier (and cheaper) than you'd presume.
With antimicrobial properties, this commonly used spice can help alleviate acne. Mixed with honey, it can be an amazing face mask. And if you blend it with other natural powders, it can instantly be transformed into a bronzing powder.