Monday, October 8, 2007

Natural Fall Beauty Treatments: Using Fall Fruit to Combat Seasonal Changes to Skin and Beauty Care

Fall is a season of change for not only the plants around us; but also a time to update and adjust our daily and weekly beauty regimen to adapt to the changes in climate. Coming from the warm, sunny summer season- our skin, hair and nails may have some challenges with the changes fall brings.

I would like to offer a few simple beauty treatments to ease the transition for your skin, hair and nails that uses organic products in your daily beauty routine.

Hazelnut Cleansing Scrub
*Rich in natural oils that will keep your skin soft and radient.
1 tbsp finely ground hazelnuts (filberts)
1 tbsp cleansing lotion or cold cream
1 tsp honey

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a clear container.

For use: Massage into face and next. The scrub may feel rough because of the ground hazelnuts. Rinse well with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Apple Pectin Toner
*Rich in Vitamin A & C and potassium. Pectin as a toner is soothing and refreshing for all skin types.
1 apple, cut up with peels, seeds removed
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup witch hazel

Fig Facial Mask
*Figs contain special protein-tenderizing substanca that helps rid skin of surface impuraties and dead skin cells. It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles, making skin look smoother.

1 fresh, ripe fig

Slice fig in half and turn each side inside out to reveal soft inside. Scrape the inside into a bowl and mash with the back of a fork until smoth. Spread the mixture onto clean skin and let sit for 5 mintues. Rinse with warm water followed by cool water and moistureize your skin.

Ginger Hair Oil
*Ginger stimulates hair growth and alleviates dandruff and boosts scalp's circulation.
1 tsp grated fresh gingerroot
1/4 cup light sesame oil

Place the grated ginger inside a piece of cheesecloth and gently squeeze 1/4 teaspoon of the juice into the sesame oil. Mix the oil and juice together with a fork or small whis until well blended.

To use: Massage the oil into your scalp and leave on for 10 minutes before shampooing.
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