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8 Fall Foods that Make Amazing Face Masks

8 Fall Foods that Make Amazing Face Masks

It’s no secret that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can offer a plethora of benefits to the body, both inside and out. Just during the season of fall alone, there are tons of fruits and vegetables that are staples of this season getting devoured by the masses. But in addition to eating these seasonal favorites, some skin benefits can be observed by slapping these foods on our faces. Fall Foods Facials, has sort of nice ring to it right? Read on for 8 fall foods that make amazing face masks.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is arguably one of the most popular fall foods. It gets served up in drinks, pies, soups, breads, cookies, muffins, cakes, you name it. I even saw pumpkin popcorn at the supermarket recently! This vegetable is a staple in many household during fall, and even winter months. And while it is oh-so yummy, it’s also a treat for your skin. Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A which helps protect your skin from loss of elasticity, wrinkles, and poor skin tone, all caused by damage from free radicals. Pumpkin also contains vitamin C, which again, helps fight free radical damage. What’s more is this orange veggie contains acne fighting, sebum balancing zinc, as well as, collagen and melanin regulating copper.

 

Sweet Potato

There’s no question that sweet potatoes baked in a pie are absolutely scrumptious (it’s my favorite pie in case you were wondering), but what is equally as delectable is this root vegetables benefit to your skin. Sweet potatoes, like pumpkin are a great source of skin protecting Vitamin A (also known as beta-carotene) and free radical fighting vitamin C.

Winter Squash

Like pumpkin and sweet potato, winter squash  is a vitamin A containing vegetable that fights free radicals and helps to keep your skin looking and feeling youthful. It also contains anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids.

How to use: Go straight for the gold with these vegetables and smear some mashed pumpkin, sweet potato, or winter squash on your face leaving it on like a mask. Go ahead, you know you want to…

 

Cranberry

8 Fall Foods that Make Amazing Face Masks

These tart little red berries are consumed year round in juices, cooked up in breads, savory dishes, baked sweets, sauces, and jams, but what can it do for you skin, you ask? Well, these yummy berries have not only been used in the treatment of oily skin, but are know for their ability to fight free radicals and prevent premature aging. Cranberries also possess antiseptic properties, making it them perfect for the treatment and prevention of acne and breakouts.

How to use: Take fresh (unsweetened) cranberry juice dabbed on a cotton ball and wipe over your face as a toner. You can also mix cranberry juice and a little honey to use as a face wash.

 

Apples

Apples are eaten year round, but definitely get more “air -time” during the fall. They get baked into all sorts of yummy fall desserts, they get made up into candy apples, turned into apple cider, and is it just me or does it seem like its not officially fall until you or someone you know has gone apple picking?

But what can these crisp, delectable fruits do for your skin? Well, for starters, apples contain collagen-boosting vitamin C, along with Vitamin A and E which together with Vitamin C, fights free radicals to help to prevent premature aging, including fine lines, wrinkles. Apples also contain copper, which helps to produce melanin which maintains your skin color.

It is said that some apples can offer limited protection from UVB rays. You should not use apples as a sunscreen replacement, however.

Note: Red Delicious and Granny Smith are said to be the most beneficial apples for the skin.

How to use: Blend your apple in to a pulp and spread across your face, you can also use freshly squeezed apple juice as a toner. Take a cotton ball, dab it in the freshly squeezed apple juice and wipe across your entire face. An apple pulp and honey mixture also makes for a great face mask.

 

Figs

8 Fall Foods that Make Amazing Face Masks

Figs are another festive food than can work wonders on your skin. Fig is not only hydrating, but an excellent exfoliant that gently works to remove dirt and debris, including dead, poor clogging skin cells.

How to use: Spread fig pulp directly on your face, for no more than 3-5 minutes. Due to the exfoliating enzymes in the fig, you want to be careful not to over-exfoliate your skin.

 

Nutmeg

Nutmeg is often used during the fall and even the holiday season to flavor both savory and sweet dishes, but did you know it can also help with pain and inflammation? This spice is the perfect remedy for those painful, swollen breakouts.

How to use: Mix a dash of nutmeg with a little honey and dab onto affected areas. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse.

 

Cinnamon

8 Fall Foods that Make Amazing Face Masks

Cinnamon is a spice widely used year round, but also makes an appearance in so many fall sweet treats. Not only is it delish, but it can be used on the skin to stimulate blood flow, bringing oxygen to the surface of the skin, helping to plump things up and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Cinnamon can also be used to clear up acne by drying out your breakouts.

How to use: Mix honey and just a dash of cinnamon and apply to the face, leaving on for a few minutes then rinse. Be careful not to overdo it. Cinnamon can be extremely irritating and drying. Do not do this mask more than once per week. As a spot treatment for acne, mix honey and cinnamon and dab just on the affected area, leave on for 10-20 minutes (depending on how sensitive your skin is) then rinse. Kick this spot treatment up a notch by adding both cinnamon and nutmeg to honey and applying to affected areas.

Which mask will you make this season?? Comment below!

~Letisha

Fall-Inspired Homemade Protein Shakes!

Check out these 3 fall-inspired protein shakes to satisfy your fall-flavor cravings, while nourishing your body!

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

Pumpkin Smoothie

A creamy blend of pumpkin and the right fall spices to get you in the mood for the holidays. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (soy, almond, or regular milk work too) – add more as needed
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder (typically 1-3 scoops depending on brand)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Dash Allspice
  • 4+ ice cubes

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth. Enjoy!

 

Apple Pie Protein Shake

Tart apple shake with cinnamon and nutmeg to complete this fall creation.

apple smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium apple (use unsweetened applesauce if your blender wont take hard apples)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (soy, almond, or regular milk work too
  • – add more as needed)
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder (typically 1-3 scoops depending on brand)
  • 1 – 2 tbsp apple butter (I like Eden Organics brand)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • dash of ground nutmeg
  • 4+ Ice Cubes (add more as needed)

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth. Enjoy!

 

Gingerbread Pear Protein Shake

Pear Gingerbread Smoothie

Yummy pear with bold molasses and ginger to recreate the classic fall flavor of gingerbread.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium pear
  • 1 small banana (optional)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (soy, almond, or regular milk work too) – add more as needed
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder (typically 1-3 scoops depending on brand)
  • 1 or 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 4+ Ice Cubes (add more as needed)

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth. Enjoy!

*For each protein shake, feel free to add more or less milk, ice, and/or of each spices to reach your desired  consistency and flavor.

~ Letisha

5 Reasons to Keep Fit in the Fall!

Okay so summer is winding down, and now is the time when most people feel its their chance to relax and/or deviate from their fitness regimens…

…but WAIT JUST A MINUTE!

Believe me when I say, that’s the last thing you want to do because in just a few months you’ll be promising yourself and who knows else, that you’ll do better for the new year, and we all know how that story ends…

So do yourself a favor and don’t fall off the horse now!

Runner on autumn season

1) Perfect Weather

Take advantage of the perfect weather. The oppressive summer heat is fading, but the winter chill has yet to set in; the perfect jogging weather. Not to mention, the fall foliage creates a beautiful scenery for your viewing pleasures 🙂

If your like me, you love the smell of fall, this is also something to enjoy!

2) Bye Bye Sunshine

Another reason to get out and be active, is that the daylight hours are getting shorter and shorter, and as your daylight exposure wanes you can experience changes in mood, your sleep pattern, and most importantly Vitamin D deficiency.

3) Yucky Colds

With cold weather comes, well colds. Maintaining healthy & fit body plays a big part in helping your immune system to fight off illnesses. The colder it gets, the quicker these sicknesses seem to spread so give your immune system a helping hand and keep up a consistent workout routine

4) Holiday Waistlines

As the weather cools, there are holidays waiting at every turn! With those holidays comes candy, desserts, dinner feasts, alcohol, and ever expanding waistlines. What better reason to stick to your workout routine than to help keep those holiday pounds from piling on.

5) Summer Body Starts NOW

One imortant thing to remember is that to see significant changes to your body as a result of your workout routine, you actually have to be consistent. Changes don’t happen overnight so if you want that rock hard summer 2014 bod, you better start working out now. 😉

Peace, Love, & Coconuts

~ Letisha

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