People’s lives are busy, and it's always nice to pamper ourselves, maybe with eyelashes for date night from Dollar Eyelash Club, or with a facial, massage or body scrub. Since you do get busy, use the season changes as a reminder to spoil yourself and your skin. The autumn season brings with it changing leaves, a chill in the air, and at every corner pumpkin-spiced something. As the air becomes dry and colder, it is time to pamper your skin.
Exfoliating your skin is a great regimen to help your skin and give yourself a little self-love. What better way to spoil yourself than with a fall-themed pumpkin spice face scrub? An excellent sugar scrub exfoliation can be relaxing, rejuvenating, and leaves your skin moisturized and fresh.
Why Do You Need to Exfoliate?
Exfoliating your skin is an essential step in a skincare routine. Dead skin, air pollutants, oil, and makeup all take a severe toll on your skin. Unfortunately, as you age, your skin has a slower time, naturally exfoliating itself. As we get older, it becomes harder for your skin to flake on its own, so your pores get clogged, and your top layer of skin becomes dull and thick, which in turn creates an unevenness in your skin tone. So, why do we need to exfoliate? Because you help your skin when you exfoliate.
How Do You Exfoliate?
Exfoliation involves two types of methods: chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliation uses products with hydroxy acids in them, such as glycolic acid and lactic acid. The acids help break down the dead skin cells. You will find chemical exfoliation in peels, serums, and sometimes facial moisturizers. Physical exfoliation involves using items to get off the dead skin, such as a scrub.
When using a physical exfoliation, you need to start with a clean face. Once your skin is fresh, put some scrub in your fingertips and slightly wet your hands. Use your pinky and ring fingers only to apply the scrub to your face in circular motions gently. Remember that if you are using a scrub designed for your body, or with salt in it, do not use it on your face because you could leave scratches on your face. Once you’ve applied the scrub, rinse it off with warm water.
When applying a chemical exfoliant, you need to be careful and follow the exfoliant instructions. It is recommended to do a test on the inside of your elbow to see if you react before applying to your face. Make sure to read the labels, each exfoliant is different, some are to be used and left on for only a few minutes, and others, such as serums, ae used and left on.
Why Use a Pumpkin Face Scrub?
To start pumpkin is very nourishing for the skin, rich in Vitamin A, C, and full of zinc. All these vitamins provide a healing and age-fighting antioxidant cocktail for your skin. The enzymes and antioxidants in pumpkin puree remove dead and dull cells, while it’s beta carotene-rich antioxidants moisturize and nourish your skin, leaving you with a glow. The best part is pumpkin smells delicious, so this fall, when you are enjoying your pumpkin spiced lattes, you can also experience a pumpkin spice face scrub.
Here’s what you need to make your own pumpkin spice face scrub at home:
Pumpkin Spice Facial Scrub
- 1 cup of brown sugar (fine)
- ½ cup of jojoba or coconut oil for dry skin, or ½ cup of aloe vera oil for oily skin
- ¼ cup of pumpkin puree
- ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon of Vitamin E oil
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl together well. Once it’s mixed, you are ready to apply to a clean face. Store your scrub in a sealed container in your fridge, due to the pumpkin puree.
We hope this scrub is just what you need this fall season. For more makeup tips, tutorials, beauty recipes and more, be sure to check back every Friday for our new blog.
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