Our Favorite Autumn Ingredients for Beautiful Skin

The transitional weather has a way of putting us in the mood for cinnamon, spice, and everything nice. But did you know that autumn’s favorite scents and flavors also boast mega beauty benefits? Here are some of our favorites that you’ll find in the spa.

Pumpkin

What would fall be without pumpkin patches galore? But did you know that pumpkin contains powerful enzymes that eat up all the pesky dead skin cells that can be tough to get rid of this time of year? Pumpkin also contains huge doses of Vitamin A and C to boost collagen production and give the face a lovely glow. For people suffering from acne, pumpkin contains zinc which is key to controlling hormone levels and oil production. We love it so much, we use it in our popular Pumpkin Enzyme Facial all year long.

Best for: giving yourself a hydration boost

Brown Sugar

Sure, it makes for a sweet treat, but brown sugar is also a wonderful, natural exfoliant and moisturizer that will leave your skin feeling super smooth. Use it for a body scrub, to smooth dry, flaky lips, or mix it with peppermint oil for an uplifting scalp treatment.

Best for: sloughing off dead skin cells

Pomegranate

Sure it makes a delicious addition to any salad, but did you know that pomegranate contains antioxidants that are powerful enough to keep skin hydrated and acne-free? We love it because it reduces inflammation from breakouts and its high concentration of vitamins K and C, potassium, copper, zinc and iron mean that it can protect the skin from visible aging while reversing damage from the sun.

Best for: protecting the skin from aging and environmental damage

Cranberries

The juice of this super sour fruit contains resveratrol, an acne-fighting compound that has the ability to kill off bacteria and control the formation of sebum, the oil produced from the glands in your skin. Second only to blueberries, it also contains powerful antioxidants which makes it an effective tool for anti-aging. We love to use it as a simple facial tonic for a refreshing mid-day boost.

Best for: controlling acne and oily skin

Cinnamon

The delicious spice is chock full of calcium, fiber, iron and manganese, and essential oils. It’s also packed with tons of antioxidants that help the body fight free radicals. Cinnamon can be a bit tricky as some varieties contain coumarin which can be damaging to the liver. Stick with the Ceylon kind from Sri Lanka and your good to go. We love cinnamon sticks for a relaxing bath or add ground cinnamon to chilled coconut oil for lip-plumping hydration.

Best for: a reviving boost for the skin, body, and mind

What are your favorite fall ingredients that do double beauty duty? We would love to hear from you! Contact us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with your culinary spa recipes!


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