Fall-inspired DIY beauty treatments
With the fall season here, give your beauty regimen a bit of a change-up by getting crafty and using the season's produce as ingredients to get gorgeous.
The leaves are changing colour, and the harvest of fall fruits and vegetables is starting to emerge in the grocery shops and farmers markets. This will change what you cook and eat, but why not also use them as inspiration to create new beauty products?
After all, you may find your skin and hair need a little extra TLC due to the colder, drier air. Not sure where to start? No problem. SheKnows is here to help give you some inspiration. The only downside: It may be hard to resist taking a lick of these three DIY creations.
Bake a pumpkin facial
You may have already thought of this when scooping out the innards of a pumpkin at Halloween — that goopy pulp seems much like the mask you glop onto your face. In fact, you can use your leftover jack-o'-lantern to make a great mask. Pumpkin contains vitamins A, C and E as well as zinc, and using it as a facial will leave your skin feeling supple and smooth. We are keen on Homespun Spa's take on how to whip up a facial with this veggie. Just be sure to heed the warning about adding spices such as cinnamon to your facial: It may help it to smell delicious, but placed on your skin, it will cause irritation.
Mash up an applesauce mask
Gone apple-picking and have bushels of them you're not sure what to do with, as you've already made apple pies for all of your friends and family? Make an applesauce facial, which, according to whattoexpect.com, is great for new moms. The natural acids and vitamins help to relieve hyperpigmentation and promote brightening (dullness and extra melanin are two skin problems new moms may be dealing with). Best of all, the recipe couldn't be simpler — it calls for just two ingredients!
Blend a carrot-and-cranberry hair mask
If you're a redhead, take advantage of autumn's bounty of carrots and cranberries to give your hair colour a boost. The timing works well because your colour may have lightened or faded from the summer sun. The colours of the carrots and the deep red berries get soaked up by your tresses in this recipe from Whole Living for a temporary colour pick-me-up.