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3 DIY Face Masks from your Autumn Harvest

3 DIY Face Masks from your Autumn Harvest – by Lizzie B, Face The World

As the clocks go back, the evenings darken and we have a Halloween full of plastic fangs, fluorescent skeletons and nylon Dracula capes – let’s not forget our natural, bountiful, harvest season – Autumn.

It’s my favourite time of year… the crisp, golden mornings, shiny conkers, warm woolly jumpers, my slow cooker (aka modern-day cauldron) and a deluge of fruit and veg from my lovely in-laws’ allotment. And Strictly Come Dancing.

So, do you want to know what to do with those pesky green tomatoes, spare pumpkin pulp and dodgy neighbours apples falling on your lawn? Read on… and dig out that pestle and mortar.

1. Green Tomato & Honey Wrinkle-Remover

These often abandoned baubles may not ever turn red now, but otherwise have many of the same benefits as their rosy counterparts. They naturally have three times the calcium, slightly more vitamin C and the same levels of beta carotene (masked by the green chlorophyll) – a precursor to vitamin A. Combined with honey, you also have a soothing, moisturising action, as honey is a humectant that will bind water into the skin, making it soft to touch.

  • Finely chop then mash/pulp together 2 or 3 green tomatoes with a teaspoon of honey.
  • Apply to thoroughly clean skin and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Rinse off with warm water and gently pat dry.

2. Pumpkin & Egg Yolk (optional) Brightener

Loaded with vitamins A, C and E, pumpkins are also high in zinc and natural, gentle  AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids). The latter will help break down dead skin cells and reveal the new skin underneath – perfect for dull complexions in need of a boost. This brightener is perfect buddied up with egg yolk for an extra hit of nutrients, including vitamins B2 and B3 – helpful free-radical protectors and soothing too.

  • Simply mash together about a handful of raw pumpkin flesh with 1 egg yolk.
  • Apply to thoroughly clean skin and leave for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse off with warm water and gently pat dry.

3. Apple & Mint Acne-Buster

An apple a day may keep the doctor away – but it works wonders on your skin too! Apples contain plenty of antioxidants, especially quercetin in red apples, that aid immune-impaired skin and protect from UVB. Apple cider vinegar is a super antimicrobial agent and restricts oil/sebum production too. Our delicious garden mint is great at calming irritated skin due to its high salicylic acid content.

  • Chop then mash together 1or 2 (de-seeded but skin left on) red apples, 3or 4 sprigs of fresh mint and 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.
  • Apply to thoroughly clean skin and leave for up to 10 minutes.
  • Rinse off with warm water and gently pat dry.

All of these recipes may make the skin tingle as the natural and freshly potent enzymes and acids do their thing. If it becomes uncomfortable or you have sensitive skin, either leave on for less time or of course wash off immediately.

These recipes will also freeze (omit egg yolk from pumpkin mask), so feel free to make in bulk/using a blender, freeze individual portions in mini food bags and use within 3 months. Enjoy!

Until next time,

Lizzie, Owner Face The World

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