Once you’re done making—and eating—your Thanksgiving feast, why not head back to the kitchen to cook up some skin care? This is the perfect time to do a little at-home pampering, using supplies that are already in the cupboard or fridge. Here are three recipes—each designed to address the needs of a different skin types. There’s something for everyone, so grab your family or friends and whip up a double batch of beauty!
For oily/acne-prone skin: Apples contain malic acid which can help exfoliate, getting rid of the dead skin cells that clog pores and contribute to acne breakouts. Green tea has antioxidant properties that help defend skin against free radical damage.
Apple Pie Scrub
_ cup applesauce (organic or homemade) 2 tablespoons green tea leaves
3 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons olive oil
Mix all ingredients in a bowl into a light fluffy paste. Massage onto your clean wet face and rinse off with room-temperature water.
For normal/combination skin: Pumpkin contains antioxidant like vitamins A and C, as well as zinc and alpha-hydroxy-acids which helps to soothe and moisturize the skin, and reduce the signs of aging.
Purely Pumpkin Mask
_ cup of pureed cooked or canned pumpkin
Spread evenly all over your face (except for the delicate skin right around the eyes) and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
For dry skin: This moisturizing recipe, containing deeply hydrating coconut oil, can be used to nourish your face, neck and chest. Be sure to store the extra in a sealed, glass jar.
_ base lotion (use CeraVe or basic cold cream) 1 teaspoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil 10 drops rosehip oil
Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl until smooth and apply a thin layer to skin morning and evening.