Does your skincare need a change in the fall? This time of year is always a good time for a fresh start! You don’t know if it’s the changing of the leaves or the refreshing cool crisp air, but there’s always something about fall that motivates change. And just as the seasons change, so must our skincare routine. After all, each season requires our skin to be cared for in a different way. If you’ve been toying with the idea of switching to a natural skincare routine, fall may be the best time to start fresh! Use this simple 4-step fall routine.
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How to take care of your skin in a natural way
It starts with looking at your skin as a whole and not just looking for a magic cream! Developing a natural skin care routine includes certain aspects necessary for healthy skin. And it leaves out cheap and often toxic fillers in typical skin care products.
By replacing such fillers with ingredients that are truly good for our skin, we can make a big difference! You get to decide what you put on your skin! So choose your ingredients wisely and develop your own regimen for fall. Get your favorite fall scents and aromas into a natural fall skincare routine you’ll love!
First step: exfoliate skin.
Do you skip the exfoliating step? The often overlooked step of exfoliating is one of the steps in the skincare routine that makes everything else work better. It is our preliminary work to prepare our skin for moisturizing. This is because exfoliation removes dead skin cells, making it easier for our skin to absorb moisture.
Hydrate: Recipes for bath tea and facial mist
When temperatures cool and humidity rises in the fall, our skin can become dry and itchy. Fortunately, the lack of moisture in the air can be compensated with a good bath. Plus, you can make a homemade pumpkin spice bath tea with real pumpkin seed oil, quinoa, Epsom salt and nutmeg essential oil to rejuvenate the skin. It’s a must-have if you want to take a bath this fall.
Supplies for DIY pumpkin spice bath tea:
1/2 cup Epsom salt, fine
1/4 cup pumpkin spice tea, loose leaves
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil or sweet almond oil
1/4 cup toasted quinoa flakes or rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
4 drops nutmeg essential oil, optional
4 muslin tea bags or airtight containers
To prepare pumpkin spice bath tea:
In a large glass bowl, mix together fine Epsom salt, pumpkin seed oil and nutmeg essential oil. Stir thoroughly to evenly distribute the mineral salt. Add loose pumpkin spice tea, toasted quinoa flakes and pumpkin pie spice. Stir well and pour into muslin bags or airtight containers.
Substitutions: You can substitute 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil for 1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil. And you can substitute 1/4 cup rolled oats for 1/4 cup toasted quinoa flakes.
Facial mists moisturize and lock in the skin. As for the face, it’s not uncommon for our skin to need a refreshing “drink” during the day, whether it’s because of the weather or your skin type. Luckily, there’s a quick fix that’s easy to make and won’t ruin your makeup! Add a hydrating face mist to your daily natural skincare routine this fall. Try this recipe for a homemade face mist with chamomile hydrosol that’s great for all skin types.
DIY Face Mist Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice.
60 g chamomile hydrosol
1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin
120 g distilled water
1 glass bottle
To make a moisturizing facial mist from herbs:
In a small glass measuring cup, mix 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice, 60 g of chamomile hydrosol, 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin and 120 g of distilled water. Whisk the mixture together. Then, using a funnel, carefully pour into a glass spray bottle. Shake well before each use.
Want to make a facial mist from essential oils? No problem, take out the hydrosol and replace it with 60 g of distilled water. Then add 3 to 8 drops of an essential oil.
Detoxify with homemade face mask.
With all the makeup, skincare, and hair products most of us use, and the junk food we gravitate towards every fall, our skin needs a detox this time of year! Nothing pulls impurities out of the skin like a face mask! Our simple recipe for a pumpkin face mask is quite easy to make. And with a few simple ingredients, you can have brighter, tighter skin in minutes!
Pumpkin Face Mask Ingredients:
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon bentonite clay
1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil
Pumpkin face mask recipe:
Mix 1 teaspoon of bentonite clay with 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree in a small bowl for the face mask. Mix these ingredients with a small spoon or face mask spatula, then add 1/2 teaspoon honey and 1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil. Mix thoroughly until a mask begins to form. This face mask recipe will last for about two uses and should be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week for a second use.
If acne is a common skin problem for you, use a detox face mask instead. It quickly removes impurities, eliminates toxins, removes blackheads and even shrinks pores. Use it up as a refresher for dull, congested, blemish-prone skin.
Fall skin care: moisturize with DIY face cream.
Unlike detoxing or exfoliating, moisturizing is a step to repeat daily in a natural fall skin care routine. This step helps balance oil production and prevent dry patches on the body and face. Our popular recipe for a homemade aloe vera face cream is just the ticket! It’s incredibly good for your skin and won’t make your face feel greasy in the morning.
DIY Aloe Vera Face Cream Ingredients:
1 cup aloe vera gel
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons jojoba oil
1 1/2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
5 to 8 drops of lavender essential oil
1 glass jar with a swing top or other airtight container
How to make aloe vera face cream:
Put half a cup of coconut oil, two tablespoons of jojoba oil and one and a half tablespoons of beeswax pastilles in a double boiler. (If you don’t have one, use a glass or metal bowl over a pot of boiling water instead). Heat until melted, stirring with a whisk. Let the mixture cool, about an hour to an hour and a half.
When cool, slowly add one cup of aloe vera gel and blend with a hand blender or stick blender. Blend until the mixture is light and fluffy. Next, add five to eight drops of lavender essential oil and blend again. Pour the face cream into a glass jar.
This recipe for homemade aloe vera face cream will last for three to four months. Keep a small amount in the bathroom for use and the remaining amount in the refrigerator to extend shelf life.