11 Pumpkin-Infused Skin Care Products to Get You Pumped for Fall

From pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin pie-flavored protein shakes, there’s clearly no shortage of things a pumpkin can turn into. And that is true even for skin, hair and body care products. The beauty of this is that, unlike the orange-hued lattes and protein shakes, pumpkin in beauty products is more than just a seasonal trend. Our favorite fall fruit really does have legit skin and health care benefits unknown to many. In fact, experts believe that a pumpkin contains more than 100 beneficial nutrients that can help reverse signs of aging.

“Alpha hydroxy acids have been shown to promote smoother, younger-looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal. Pumpkin is a rich source of antioxidants and enzymes that act like alpha hydroxy acids,” explains Santa Monica-based esthetician, certified health coach and spa owner Diana Ralys. “These enzymes help increase the skin cells’ natural turnover. They digest aged, dehydrated and useless skin cells to reveal healthier and younger-looking skin.”

Pumpkin also contains potent antioxidants vitamins A and C. New Jersey-based esthetician Silvana Kuchar elaborates: “Vitamin A stimulates collagen production and cell regeneration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant, which can help remedy damage created by free radicals.”

Even the pumpkin seeds tout many benefits. Because of its high vitamin and mineral content, pumpkin seed oil remains a favorite ingredient in many anti-aging products. “Omega 3, 6, vitamin E and zinc are known for their anti-aging effects. But what makes pumpkin seed oil so special is that when these nutrients are combined in one, the benefits of each are heightened,” explains New York-based holistic wellness and lifestyle expert Victorine Deych. “Pumpkin seed oil is a super healer in that it expedites cell regeneration, which can help fight acne and improve the appearance of scars.”

Ready to enjoy the healthy goodness of pumpkins? Here are just some of our favorite pumpkin-infused skin, hair and body care products.

Benefits of Hops in Natural Skin Care

Hops are not just for beer

Hops — not just for brewing beer.

Hops in skin care
Hops are not just for beer — they have benefits in natural skin care products.

In fact, hops have many uses, including in natural skin care products.

Culinary Uses

Hops were mentioned by Pliny, the Roman scholar, as a cooking herb. The shoots were eaten in those times.

Hops have been used in brewing since the ninth century. Initially they were used widely as a preservative for beer. The brewers recognized that if they included hops, the beer lasted longer. Hops are said to have antiseptic properties.

Medicinal Uses

Making a tea of the leaves, strobiles and stalks is reputed to be a stimulant for estrogen production and useful for intestinal cramps. Hops are also known to depress the central nervous system. Therefore, the tea can be great during times of PMS stress and irritability.

The great herbalist Nicholas Culpeper said of hops:

“Half a dram of the seed in powder taken in a drink kills worms in the body, brings down women’s courses and expels urine. In cleansing the blood, they help cure the French diseases and all manner of scabs, itch and other breakings-out of the body.”

Hops are a sedative. because of this quality, their most beneficial use may be in a sleep pillow. In fact, historical figures as diverse as King George III and Abraham Lincoln are said to have used this sleep-inducing aid.

I’ve made different herb pillows, but the most effective one is filled with a combination of hops and lavender. In addition to its wonderful scent, lavender helps you relax. Add some mugwort if you want to remember your dreams. Making the sachet is easy — just add a quarter-cup of the dried herbs to an empty pillowcase and keep folding over until you have a small, flat packet. Tuck this inside your pillowcase under your pillow at night.

Hops for Skin Care

Hops tea is also beneficial for a sluggish liver and to promote hormonal balance. Both of these effects have positive effects for the skin. Likewise, the promotion of estrogen production, in miniscule amounts, makes hops useful as ingredients for organic toners, lotions and creams.

Almond Oil and Organic Skin Care

Sweet almond oil is an emollient and nourishing natural oil, softening to the skin and hair. Widely used for massage and in natural skin care products, it is extracted from almond nutmeats. Sweet almond oil aids dry sin. It is used ad a makeup remover, massage oil and a bath oil.

Historical Mentions of Almonds

There are numeroud biblical references to the almond. In Genesis 43:11, the Patriarch of Israel commanded his sounds to carry into Egypt gifts from Palestine. These gifts included almonds.

Almonds were mentioned in Greek mythology. The Muhammedans associated almonds with hope since the beautifully scented blossoms appear on bare branches.

In Eleisabethan England, “An almond for a parrot” was a popular proverb in which the almond was considered to be a mouthwatering temptation. Thus in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida, Act V, Scene 2, Thersites says, “The parrot will not do more for an almond.”

John Gerard (1597) observed that almonds keep a fasting man from being drunk.

In the 17th century, Ninon de Lenclos, a French woman of fashion, recommended almond-based cold cream. This was said to have preserved her beauty and kept her face free of wrinkles until she was 70.

Symbolism

Almonds have symbolized good luck for many centuries in southern Europe. Traditionally, candied almond nuts are given away at weddings in Greece as tokens of long life and happiness. When two good friends of mine were married a few years ago in a Greek Orthodox church, they had candy-coated almonds at their reception for this purpose.

Almonds and Organic Skin Care

Ripe almonds can be ground up in a blender into almond meal that is wonderful as a skin conditioner, pore cleanser and refiner. You can use this alone or mix the almod meal with honey or yogurt. Apply this as a mask, leaving it on for 20 minutes for full benefit.

Almond oil is a top ingredient in most natural skin care products. It is perfect to use alone as well. It has been used for centuries as an all-purpose humectant, as a soothing oil, in face lotions, in shampoos for dry hair and in both massage and bath oils. It is also a key ingredient for making your own herbal oils.

Almond oil is a wonderful remedy for dry skin. It can also be used as a gentle non-soap makeup remover. It is healing and soothing to the skin. I include organic almond oil in several of my products, including Lily Farm Fresh Rejuvenating Seven Facial Rejuvenating Oil Treatment.

What Causes YOUR Hair To Turn Gray?

The age-old question ‘what causes grey hair’ is one pretty much everyone wants answering. Grey hair can make you feel as though you are aging faster than you deserve or it may inhibit your confidence if you feel it’s affecting your look more than you’d like.

Below you will find some of the main causes of grey hair, if you know the cause you can adopt the solution before the grey hairs appear! Prevention is better than the cure.

Stress

Stress is one of the biggest causes of grey hair, especially premature grey hair. Stress can have many negative effects on the immune system making it weak and vulnerable, these can show on our skin and hair. Stress can cause you to develop premature grey hairs so it’s imperative to always give yourself time to de-stress.

Oxidative stress

The term ‘oxidative stress’ can be defined as the state in which your free radicals (from pollution, poor diet, stress, etc.) outnumber your antioxidant defenses (from healthy diet). Greying hair can be a strong indicator of oxidative stress-induced damage.

Your background

Grey hair is unfortunately an inherited trait so there may not be an easy escape for you. If your parents went grey early there’s a good chance that you will too. The bad news is that Caucasians seem to go grey earlier and some health conditions may cause premature greying such as diabetes, pernicious anaemia or thyroid problems.

Normal aging is the biggest offender

Sadly aging is something you can prohibit. Aging is the biggest, natural cause of grey hair and there isn’t a great deal anyone can do about this other than use a good quality, grey coverage hair dye. Hair changes texture with age and looses its colorpigment, which leaves you with grey hair.

Your lifestyle may have an affect

Certain lifestyle factors such as smoking and lack of water can cause stress to your hair and skin alike. Low Vitamin B12 levels are renowned for causing the loss of pigment in your hair. Foods packed with vitamins and antioxidants are great way of trying to delay the onset of those pesky grey hairs.

It’s not your hair that goes grey…

Did you know that it isn’t actually your hair strand that’s responsible for the grey color you see? Every time you lose a hair and it has to regenerate you also have to grow the pigment-forming cells again and these simply wear out meaning no color is supplied to your hair.

We all hate grey hairs so much because no matter what our age is, we associate them with aging. Just like wrinkles in our skin and dark circles under our eyes we hate grey hairs because we feel like by having them we are losing a little bit of our youth! Sometimes grey hair can be delayed with the correct diets and lifestyle choices but sometimes they are simply part of our genetic makeup.

Avoid These Common Skin Care Mistakes

It’s no secret that, at Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care, we are passionate about healthy, natural skin care products that promote radiant, youthful skin. But even the best in skin care products, organic or not, can’t work to their full potential if you’re committing these skin care sins. Avoiding the following skin care mistakes will ensure a higher degree of health for your body’s largest organ – your skin.

Not cleaning off your makeup at bedtime. Sleeping with a face full of makeup can cause acne and enlarge pores. Make sure to thoroughly clean your face every night to remove imbedded dirt, oil and makeup.
Not protecting your face from the sun. Where we do have some issues with packaged sunscreens as they all contain various chemicals, we do believe in protecting your skin from harmful UVA rays. A wide-brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses can help tremendously. Make sure that you’re taking care of the rest of your body too and stay out of the sun as much as possible if you are sensitive to it or burn easily.
Not using a daily moisturizer. Like sun protection, moisturizing is an important step for healthy skin all over your body, not just your face. Keeping your skin hydrated can help fight against dry, chapped and flaky skin and even help with more serious issues like eczema and dermatitis.
Not staying away from smoke. Smoking can cause wrinkles and make your skin take on a leathery appearance by restricting blood vessels and inhibiting the production of collagen. Aside from the more serious health issues, smoking ages your skin quickly and irrevocably.
Not drinking enough water. Keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Your skin traps toxins and needs to be flushed from the inside. Keeping properly hydrated on a daily basis to keep skin supple and more youthful.
Not using chemical-free skin care products. Adding chemicals like perfumes and dyes to your skin on a daily basis can cause irritation and adverse reactions. Use natural skin care products to avoid detrimental effects from toxins.
At Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care, we believe that natural skin-care is the best skin care. We never use any chemicals in our natural moisturizer or organic skin care products and every one of our products comes from the ingredients grown on our farm. Our passion is create products with the health of your skin in mind.