Drinking beautiful: pumpkin late

A lot of warm pumpkin drinks, while may be tasty, aren’t good for you.  Most are full of high-fructose corn syrup or other ingredients which don’t help your body or your skin. Pumpkin seeds are very nutritious and full of fatty acids, protein, omega-3s, zinc, and magnesium which help your insides and your skin.  This simple DIY drinking beautiful late will satisfy any pumpkin or sugar cravings you may have, while also feeding your brain and nervous system.  An added bonus is the drink helps encourage healthy hormone production and is anti-inflammatory!  Feeling good on the inside, helps you feel and look good on the outside.  Here’s all you need to know to make your own drinking beautiful pumpkin late.

Ingredients

One cup raw pumpkin seeds

Four cups water

One and a half teaspoon raw honey

One fourth teaspoon pink salt

Instructions

Place the dry seeds in a bowl with water.  Soak this in your refrigerator overnight.  The next day, drain the seeds and transfer to a blender.  Add fresh water, honey, and salt and blend until smooth.  Pour this mixture into a fine mesh sieve and strain.

Pumpkin Late

Ingredients

Twelve ounces Pumpkin Milk

One teaspoon rose water

Two teapsoons lucuma powder

One teaspoon Beauty Dust

One teaspoon ghee or coconut oil

One tablespoon Tocotrienols

Instructions

Warm your pumpkin milk in a saucepan over low heat but don’t allow it to simmer.  Once warmed, pour the pumpkin milk into a blender.  Add all the ingredients but the tocotrienols and blend until it’s nice and frothy.  Serve with the tocotrienols on top.

It takes some time, but it is worth it in the end to look and feel your best. Enjoy!

DIY raw pumpkin enzyme mask

Pumpkins are great for that perfect glow.  Pumpkins are packed with alpha hydroxyl acids which help make your skin glow.  Traditional skincare was once entirely food based.  Your skin will recognize these healthy ingredients and be able to digest them naturally.  This simple do it yourself custom facial gives any dull skin a healthy boost and leaves your skin feeling baby soft.  As for the ingredients, raw pumpkin is full of live enzymes, vitamin C, beta carotene and works great as an antioxidant. Flax seed is rich in omega-3 to help promote healthy and beautiful skin. Nutmeg and clove powders smell great and are antibacterial. Honey is exfoliating, soothing, and even hydrating. Olive oil helps add moisture. Milk has lactic acid which is an exfoliant while green tea has antioxidant so either would work depending upon your preferences.  Here’s how to make your own raw pumpkin enzyme mask:

Ingredients

Two tablespoons grated fresh pumpkin

One tablespoon ground flax seed

One pinch of nutmeg and clove powders

One tablespoon honey

One fourth teaspoon olive oil

A dash of milk or green tea

Instructions

Grate the pumpkin and grind the flax seeds.  You can use the rest for an eat yourself beautiful pumpkin loaf or a drink yourself beautiful pumpkin late.

Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and then add the milk or tea little by little until you have a nice paste that isn’t too runny or too pasty.

Place the mask on your face and neck and leave it on for three minutes and wash with cool water.

The mask may tingle but if it starts to burn remove it immediately with cold water.

That’s it! Enjoy how fabulous your face feels thanks to this natural do it yourself face mask.

Eating beautiful: gluten free pumpkin loaf

Pumpkin has great healing benefits.  It’s not only good for your skin, but also your insides. It help promote a healthy and beautiful glow.  The problem with a lot of pumpkin spice things you get from the store is they’re loaded with refined sugars and who knows what else.  That’s not healthy for you or your skin. With a little work, you can make your own great pumpkin bread that’s filled with that pumpkin flavor you crave but also free from refined sugar and, as a bonus, gluten free.  This is perfect if you or someone you know has celiac disease or is gluten intolerant.

Ingredients

One cup cassava flour

One eighth cup coconut flour

One half teaspoon baking soda

One and a half teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

One teaspoon cinnamon

One teaspoon Anima Mundi Pau D’Arco powder

A pinch of salt

Three eggs

One half cup pumpkin puree (you can make your own or purchase an organic source)

One fourth cup pure maple syrup

Two tablespoons coconut oil or butter (melted)

One teaspoon vanilla

One fourth cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Line your bread pan with wax paper or grease it with coconut or avocado oil.

Place your cassava flour, coconut flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, Anima Mundi Pau D’Arco powder and salt into a bowl and whisk until it is well mixed to form your dry mixture.

Place your eggs, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, coconut oil or butter, and vanilla in a bowl and stir until the ingredients are creamy.

Slowly pour your dry mixture into your creamy mixture until it is thoroughly mixed.

Pour this batter into your bread pan.

Chop up any raw pumpkin seeds and sprinkle it on top.

Place in your oven and cook for forty five minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Allow the bread to completely cool and enjoy!

Having your best skin while on a plane

In today’s fast paced world, you may have flown on a plane, have considered it, or you know someone who has.  What could be worse than you getting on a plane and then suddenly your skin decides to rebel against you?  Sure, it’ll be fine in a few days, but on the trip home your skin does it again! The biggest culprit behind those woes is dehydration.  The air on a plane sucks the moisture out of your skin at an alarming rate. There’s no real fresh air on a plane so you’re breathing recycled air for who knows how long. Don’t let this put you off air travel. There are some simple things you can do to make sure your skin is happy and healthy looking when you arrive at your destination.

Take a few minutes to clean your skin beforehand.  That also means going make up free during your flight.  If you wear make up on your flight, your skin will have a harder time breathing than it already does during the flight.  Hydrating products won’t be able to sink in as much as they could during the flight so it’s best to go bare faced.

Be sure to drink plenty of water.  True, it’s a pain if you have to get up often to pee, but all those bathroom trips are nothing compared to having your skin rebel against you on the flight.  Drinking plenty of water also helps you with that dreaded airplane bloat.

Use a portable sheet mask.  Don’t feel odd if you’re using one while up in the air.  You’ll most likely never see your fellow passengers again and they’ll forget all about it later in the day.  If you feel especially daring, pretend you’re a famous person and the joke is on them for not recognizing you. Look for a sheet mask that is full of hydrating and calming ingredients. Use it for as long as you like or until the sheet dries up.  Sheet masks are very useful as they’re individually packed and easy to throw away when you’re done.

Now that you’re prepared to have healthy, happy skin on your next flight, where are you traveling to? The sky is truly the limit!

Beauty products for when you’re worn out

If you’ve been pulling an all-nighter studying, partying with friends, or got a bad night sleep, you may look worn out and not feeling one hundred percent.  So what are you to do? There is no magic product that makes you look completely rested, but there are some great things you can try to help you look rested.

Go for a dewy face oil. This is often overlooked when it comes to looking your best after a long night.  Throughout your day, you’re losing water by breathing, going to the bathroom, and even sweating.  All that water loss adds up after a while. As you know, drinking water is important to healthy skin. The first thing you should do after a sleepless night is drink a glass of water.  This helps your body on the inside and the face oil helps you on the outside.  Doing both plumps up your skin and keeps you from looking sallow. For a dewy face oil, try looking for something with a chia oil, omega fatty acids and astaxanthin which is an antioxidant that skin loves.

Go for a good face mask.  If you have the time, you can make one yourself or use your favorite store bought face mask.  Look for a face mask that exfoliates and brightens your skin. Applying a face mask only takes 10-15 minutes but the benefits last all day.

What’s your pick-me-up scent? Have you smelled fresh coffee and immediately felt awake?  There is a powerful connection between scent and your brain.  You can use this trick to your advantage with aromatherapy.  Peppermint, eucalyptus and citrus are all stimulants which can help kick your brain into action before you even have that first cup of coffee.

These are just a few tricks to make sure you feel your best even when you’re running low on energy or sleep.   What works best for you? Let us know in the comment section.

Post gym skin care tips

The gym is a great place to get your blood flowing and leaves you with a nice temporary glow, but it can also wreak havoc on your skin.  Taking care of your skin is important, no matter what the situation or setting.  Spending a simple five minutes over the locker room sink can help you make sure your skin looks radiate year-round.

When you sweat, your body pushes toxins out through the skin and enlarged pores.  This is great, until you consider you’ve now got toxin filled sweat sitting on top of your skin.  Plus, now your pores are bigger than normal and much more susceptible to the elements. Don’t worry! There are some simple tips and tricks you can to do keep your skin happy and healthy.

Start by washing your face.  Before hitting the gym, take a few minutes to wash your face.  If you don’t do this simple easy-to-forget step, all the bacteria, dirt, and everything else you’ve acquired through the day can be absorbed back into your skin when you sweat.  Think of it as a reverse detox.  If you’re unable to wash your face, try opting for a gentle non-foaming cleanser to remove all the dirt before you sweat.  Cream cleansers often contain hydrating oils that give your skin the moisturizer it needs.

Sanitize your hands after the gym.  This might be a step you may not even think of, but think about it for a moment.  The gym is a very communal area and things in there have been touched who knows how many times before you entered.  You don’t want a stranger’s germs lingering on your hands when you start touching your face and body.  After your work out, wash your hands.  If you find bathroom soap too harsh or drying, try going for a hand sanitizer that has essential oils.

Make sure your skin is completely dry.  This might sound like an odd step, but before you apply any moisturizer, make sure your skin is completely dry.  If you step outside post workout and the weather happens to be cold, any left over water molecules may freeze and damage your skin.  You can spritz a hydrating and restorative facial mist to your clean skin after you make sure your skin is dry.

Sounds easy, right? these simple steps will make sure your face looks as great as your body post workout!

Eating beautiful: walnut brownies

Lately there has been a big boom on “eating beautiful” cookbooks.  Unfortunately, many of these books contain some odd ingredients that you just can’t find anywhere!  Others require you to spend hours in the kitchen when you’d rather be spending your time doing something else.  Well, you’re in luck. I know of a simple, easy to follow recipe that’s  a great way to indulge your sweet tooth while taking care of your skin! This recipe contains walnuts which are very rich with omega-3 fatty acids that help soften and plump your skin.  It also produces an anti-inflammatory effect which helps calm any “angry” skin. The recipe only contains four ingredients so you can make it in no time!  One of my favorite aspects of the eating beautiful brownies is they’re “no cook.”  You don’t even have to turn on the oven!  How much simpler can you get?

No cook walnut brownies

Yields 16 brownies

Ingredients

Five ounces pitted dates

Ten ounces raw walnut pieces

One fourth cup raw cacao (or cocoa) powder

Two teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

Place the dates in warm water. Let them soak for ten minutes to soften.

Using a blender, blend the walnuts and cacao powder until everything is finely ground.

Drain the soaked dates and squeeze out any excess water. Add them to your blender with the vanilla extract.  Process this mixture until it sticks together and forms a ball.  Add up to two tablespoons of water if you wish for moister brownies.

Line an eight inch square baking pan with wax paper. Press the brownie mixture into a pan by using wax paper.

Cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in your refrigerator to chill for two hours.

Enjoy the no bake brownies that are good tasting and good for your skin!

Cranberry sugar body scrub

Face masks are popular, but it’s important to remember the rest of your skin!  You may associate cranberries as a holiday side dish or even a desert but, believe me, they are so much more!  Did you know cranberries are not only delicious, but are actually great at fighting acne?  It’s true!  Cranberries contain a compound called “resveratrol” which is perfect for helping you deal with that pesky body acne. When making this DIY body scrub, it’s very important to make sure everything is well sanitized and clean.  Make sure your container for storing your body scrub is air tight.  This is done to prevent any pesky bacteria from forming in your body scrub. You don’t want to ruin all  your hard work. Here’s what you need to know:

Ingredients

One half cup whole frozen or fresh cranberries

One cup packed brown sugar

One fourth cup coconut or jojoba oil

Five to seven drops essential oils for fragrance (optional)

Instructions

Using a blender or a food processor, puree the cranberries until well blended.  Empty the pureed cranberries into a glass bowl and mix in the sugar, jojoba oil, and essential oils until a paste forms.

Place this paste into a sanitized and air tight container.

Use on your body when you’re in the shower and you’re set!

Sounds simple, right? It is! With this easy DIY body scrub, you’ll enjoy clear, smooth skin without spending a fortune on store bought products.  It’s so easy to make in your own home with products you already have!  Have fun and let us know how it works in the comments section.

DIY pomegranate clay mask

Pomegranates aren’t just for eating anymore!  Did you know pomegranates are great for your skin since they are packed with brightening and complexion clearing antioxidants?  You can even make your own vegan skin mask with pomegranates and a few other simple ingredients. If you mix the pomegrnates with a little clay, your skin will look great since it draws out any impurities to leave your skin looking smooth and wonderful.  Add a little honey for an antibacterial boost and to keep the clay from drying out quickly. If you have sensitive or dry skin or an allergy to clay, substitute the clay powder in the ingredients list for Greek yogurt instead.  Here’s how to make your very own pomegranate clay mask at home:

Ingredients

One tablespoon clay of dry clay powder.  If you don’t have this, use a clay based mask. Greek yoghurt will work as a substitute.

One to two tablespoons pomegranate juice

One teaspoon honey

Instructions

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl using a brush or your fingers.  Don’t use a metal spoon!  Using a metal spoon messes with the clay.  Apply the face mask to your cleansed face and neck.

Let the mask sit for ten to fifteen minutes and wash off with warm water.

That’s it!  Wasn’t that easy?  Does your face feel fabulous after applying this simple mask?

DIY face pumpkin-sweet potato mask

Do you enjoy face masks but worry about the potential chemicals in the masks?  You may wish to go vegan and/or cruelty free with your beauty routine but feel stuck on where to start.  Did you know you can make your own healthy and calming face masks from ingredients in your own kitchen cabinet?  You can get these ingredients at your local grocery store and create your own calming and hydrating mask in no time!

Pumpkins are great for your skin. They help scrub away any dead skin cells. It is excellent for exfoliating.  Sweet potatoes are also wonderful at promoting healthy and happy skin cells.  Add some yogurt to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a nice, anti-bacterial, moisturizing face mask.  Here’s all you need to know to make one in the comfort of your own home:

Ingredients

One tablespoon pumpkin.  Canned pumpkin works fine but be sure it’s 100% pure pumpkin.  Don’t use the pumpkin pie filling.

One tablespoon sweet potato, mashed

One teaspoon honey

One tablespoon Greek yogurt (full fat)

Pinch of turmeric (optional, but your skin will be slightly stained for a few hours.)

Instructions

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until well blended.  Make sure your skin and neck are clean before you apply to your face and neck.  This mask can be goopy, so it’s best to apply it with your fingers over the sink.

Let the mask sit on your skin for ten to fifteen minutes. After the time is up, rinse with warm water. Follow up with your favorite facial moisturizer.

All done! How does your face feel now?