Today we celebrate the autumnal equinox, the official first day of fall. It’s one of the two days out of the year that the night and the day are equal in length, signifying that the balance between light and dark is shifting. With days becoming shorter, historically, the autumnal equinox has also been a time to reflect on the season’s harvest and to prepare for the long winter ahead.
Today’s preparation for winter is more fun than the original survivalist preparation. Most people are thinking about transitioning to sweaters and fall wardrobes or moving from ice coffee to seasonal latte flavors to keep them warm. At mySkin, our favorite way to prepare for the seasonal change is by reevaluating our skin care regimens and changing over our DIY pantry to include fall flavors!
That’s right, seasonal ingredients aren’t just for your lattes and farm-to-table menus, they are for DIY skin care too!
Check out our Pinterest board for some of our favorite DIY recipes using these fall ingredients.
Pumpkins are great for your skin — they’re loaded with vitamins A, C and E (all known to fight wrinkles) plus heaps of beta-carotene, zinc, potassium and antioxidants, which can help eliminate redness. Pumpkin naturally exfoliates, soothes irritation and redness, calms breakouts and makes the skin brighter.
Apple is loaded with exfoliating enzymes, which can help boost the brightening effects of the AHAs in pumpkin in DIY recipes. Apples also have Vitamins A and C, both of which help nourish skin.
Apple cider vinegar
Made from apple cider, one of the most important fall beverages, the main ingredient of apple cider vinegar (ACV) is acetic acid. It also contains other acids (lactic, citric and malic), vitamins, mineral salts and amino acids. ACV helps exfoliate skin, removing dead skin cells to improve, soften and smooth skin texture. With a pH similar to skin, AVC helps restore and balance your skin’s pH and acid mantle.
With ample Vitamin E and carotene, you can actually even out your skin tone by using a carrot-based mask once a week. Puree and strain 1 carrot to get the juice, add 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of oatmeal, and mix together. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse.