Updated: Sep 26
As the seasons change and the days shorten and we prepare for the colder months we wrap up, turn on the heating and adapt our skincare routine. Yes summer is finally over and we preparing for Winter however that may look this year.
This week has been pretty hectic preparing new scent blends for winter candles and converting from bee soy wax candles to a more Vegan friendly Coconut Soy candles, it has been pretty tough.
The children are back at school and homework is coming in thick and fast, my youthful summer glow has been replaced with my tired mommy look. This week as some of my summer fresh natural ingredients will no longer be available I have been looking at what I can use to bring back my much missed youthful glow. My research has lead me to look at the skins elasticity,
As our skin ages it loses a lot of its plumpness and elasticity this is due to (among other things) our natural collagen production slowing down in our bodies. Here are a few simple tips we can implement to improve the overall appearance, slow down the ageing process and prevent loose skin. We can achieve this by using high quality natural ingredients including essential fatty acids, vitamins and plant sterols. These ingredients feed our lipid matrix, they are the cell membranes or membrane rafts in the skin, basically they are what keeps your skin plump and youthful.
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One of the best ingredients I have found during my research has been the underrated Pumpkin. This beautiful Orange winter squash with its thick shell, seeds and pulp holds the secret to anti aging skincare, so before you scoop out the beautiful nutrient rich flesh for the kids Halloween lantern take a look at all the yummy benefits of this seasonal fruit.
The Humble pumpkin, it has many uses, but an all round skin perfecting oil is not usually high on my list. During my research I have found that pumpkins contain high levels of Vitamin E, Zinc, Omega 3 & 6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Beta Carotene, Potassium to name but a few. Pumpkins also contain antioxidants which help fight free radicals which help you maintain a youthful glow.
Pumpkin seed oil is great at fighting acne as it soothes irritation, improves skin texture, helps with scaring as it also increases circulation which speeds up healing. I have found two great recipes using organic and natural ingredients combined with a great ready made liquid soap bases. This week we have made a facial wash with castile soap and a natural ingredient shower gel with Pumpkin seed oil, As it improves skins elasticity I have decided this be the perfect recipe for the cold autumn months.
As the years have gone by my weight has yo-yo'd, I have been using natural oil recipes for a long time and they have left my skin supple and taught. so no loose skin so far even after two pregnancies but I have found my skin can get used to recipes and products so to spice up my skincare selfcare Sunday routine I wanted to create something fitting for the seasonal change.
Pumpkin spice Facial cleanser
Organic Castile soap.
Live Simply Blog recipe.
just mix ingredients together by hand and use.
1/4 CUP CASTILLE SOAP (WE USED BASE FROM NATURALLY BALMY)
2 TB DISTILLED WATER (ONLY IF RAW CASTILLE SOAP)
1 TB PUMPKIN OIL
****WE ADDED 5 DROPS OF NUTMEG AND CINNAMON ESSENTIAL OIL
AND 1TSP VITAMIN E OIL.***
2/3 CUP CASTILLE LIQUID SOAP
(WE USED ORGANIC SOAP BASE NATURALLY BALMY )
1/4 RAW HONEY
2 TEASPOONS PUMPKIN OIL
1TSP VITAMIN E OIL
** WE ADDED 4 DROPS NUTMEG AND 4 DROPS CINNAMON
Both washes smell amazing I tested the mixtures on face and hand straight away as they are my most highly reactive areas, I was left with beautiful soft skin. This morning I showered with the natural shower gel and it is amazing, it foams up really quickly and my skin is clean but not dry. The ingredients for the natural soap are posted below. Purchased from Naturally Balmly who have an amazing range of natural products online which are and organic ingredients, recipes and their own products at really great prices.
Castile soap is a great surfactant naturally derived plant based ingredients with skin loving oils including jojoba, olive, coconut and hemp oil which are great for mature skins and stretch marks. Perfectly blended so even the most sensitive skin will benefit and is also beneficial for people who have eczema and psoriasis.
Pumpkin seed oil is available online or in your local health store. Be sure to check its a high quality fragrance free oil don't be confused by the candle making stuff.
So dust off your old cookbooks and favourite, that online recipe page for Pumpkin pie and Pumpkin soup, because Pumpkin is on the menu for the overall health of your skin.
Naturally Balmy Organic liquid Soap Base Ingredients
75.0 to .100.0 Aqua 5.0 to .10.0 Sodium Coco-Sulphate 1.0 to .5.0 Cocamidopropyl Betaine 1.0 to .5.0 Decyl Glucoside 1.0 to .5.0 Glycerin 1.0 to .5.0 Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside 0.1 to .1 Lauryl Glucoside 0.1 to .1 Coco-Glucoside 0.1 to .1 Glyceryl Oleate 0.1 to .1 Citric Acid 0.1 to .1 Levulinic Acid 0.1 to .1 Sodium Levulinate 0.1 Sodium Phytate 0.1 to .1 Sodium Benzoate
***** check out my Etsy page for new winter scented candles Our first Vegan Candles. Winter Berries a fruity sweet scent of figs and berries perfect for cold evenings, our Morning Frost scent a beautiful combination of white wood, pine mint scents reminds me of a snowy forest and Our Pumpkin spice Candle great gift ideas for the coming season. The new candles have a stronger scent throw and the same high quality ingredients
Until next time..
Take care of You, Love yourself.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whCvshXaVe4 DR Mona Vand skincare based YouTube channel.
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