Autumn offers so many treats that please the senses, from the smells of apple and cinnamon to the sight of trees aflame with reds and golds. But the brisk Fall air can also be a harbinger to the dry skin that comes with the cooler season.
Fortunately, beauty treatments featuring some of fall’s bounty and great new products can keep you looking as vibrant as the changing leaves.
The Power of Pumpkin
Pumpkins are most popular for pie and jack-o’-lanterns, but these members of the squash family contain zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and B, making them good for you inside and out. Their antioxidant properties aid in cellular healing and turnover, and pumpkins are natural exfoliates. Furthermore, they contain enzymes that work to make skin look younger.
Deanna Lynn Sletten of Associated Content offers this home-made pumpkin beauty treatment:
- Mix two teaspoons cooked (cooled) pumpkin, a half teaspoon honey and a quarter teaspoon milk.
- Apply to face, avoiding the eye area.
- Leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes
- Rinse with warm water.
- Your skin should feel smoother and softer.
Year-Long Beauty Care is Best
Chris Mann of The Woodhouse Day Spa in Montgomery emphasizes that, while seasonally-themed treatments can seem like the perfect refresher, year-long skin care is the key to year-round beauty.
“Just going from warm air in your car to cold air can zap the moisture from your skin, leaving it dry, flaky and irritated,” he says. Mann suggests extra moisturizing — not necessarily more moisturizer, but a thicker, heavier type.
“Really go overboard on your face, neck, hands and don’t forget your feet,” he says. After all, spring — and open-toed shoes — are only six months away!
Fall’s Best Products
To add seasonal color or the aroma of fall to your beauty products, check out these recommendations from Trina Paul, a professional makeup artist for Cincy Chic and at the Saks Fifth Avenue downtown.
Yves Saint Laurent’s Gloss Pur Black ($30) will make a bold statement for Halloween, but a more subtle way to celebrate the season is with a new scent.
Some recently released body products scream comfort food. The men will positively drool over you when you use Laura Mercier’s Crème Brulee Crème Body Wash ($36)and Chocolate Truffle Soufflè Body Crème ($55).
Fall-inspired fragrances include, Estèe Lauder’s Private Collection Amber Ylang ($65), which smells “like a cashmere sweater on the skin,” Paul says.
He’ll smell like the golden days of Hollywood in Creed’s Green Irish Tweed Eau de Parfum Spray ($160), which was created for legendary actor Cary Grant and comes in a sleek, black flask.
For a little extra holiday fun and whimsy, try Saks’ exclusive collectible Estèe Lauder Pleasures Jeweled Spider ($250) What a great way to please all your senses this fall!