Thanksgiving-Inspired Skincare You Can Do at Home

Pumpkin isn’t just one of our favorite Thanksgiving flavors—it’s also one of our favorite skin treats. The reason? Packed with skin-healing Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Zinc, pumpkin puree is perfect for perking up dull, dreary complexions. Appropriate for all skin types, especially for environmentally damaged or sensitive skin, pumpkin also provides a slew of powerful beta-carotene-rich antioxidants that can brighten and exfoliate just as well as the leading over-the-counter alpha-hydroxy lotions and serums.

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As we head into the holiday season, you’re sure to give thanks for these easy at-home pumpkin-packed beauty treatments.

Pumpkin Face Mask
Ingredients

2 teaspoons cooked or canned pumpkin, pureed
1/2 teaspoon honey (humectant, regenerative)
1/4 teaspoon milk, or soy milk (alpha hydroxyl acid, enzymes digest skin cells)

Optional Ingredients
For Dry Skin: 1/4 teaspoon heavy whipping cream (moisturizing; alpha hydroxy acid) For Oily Skin:?1/4 teaspoon cranberry juice (high in antioxidants and critically important to the utilization of essential fatty acids to maintain balanced, nourished skin)

Directions

  • Allow ingredients to reach room temperature and mix together in a bowl.
  • Apply to your face, avoiding the eye area.
  • Relax for 10-15 minutes while your mask gently exfoliates, nourishes, and conditions
  • Rinse with warm water and finish with your favorite moisturizer.

Pumpkin Body Mask
Ingredients

1/2 cup cooked or canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup solids from a can of coconut milk (a natural moisturizer)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (ground cinnamon is warming, stimulating, and antibacterial)

Directions

  • Allow ingredients to reach room temperature and mix together in a bowl.
  • Apply generously to clean skin, massaging gently.
  • Leave on for about 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water and pat dry. 

Bonus Recipe: Calming Cranberry and Orange Herbal Bath
Relax and unwind with this scent-ual. seasonal bath treat: Tie half a bag of fresh cranberries in a muslin bag, crush them slightly, then add them to warm bath water. Add 8-10 drops of essential orange oil. Enjoy.

Microdermabrasion

microdermDrugstore cleansers, toners, and creams are nice, but they can only go so far when it comes to perking up sullen skin. It might be time to try something a little more aggressive—like microdermabrasion.

This advanced resurfacing procedure uses a spray of super-fine exfoliating crystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin. In addition to its powerful exfoliating ability, this non-chemical, non-invasive treatment also encourages the production of collagen and elastin, helping to further improve your skin’s appearance and give you the golden glow you crave.

So, ready to indulge in some real rejuvenation? Here’s Dr. Rabkin with all you need to know about this oh-so-smoothing beauty treatment.

What are the benefits of microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion provides a host of cosmetic benefits, including:

  • Refreshing skin’s texture, color, and improving your overall “glow.”
  • Refining pores and improving certain types of acne.
  • Minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Reducing the appearance of dark spots and discoloration

How many treatments will I need to see results?

Depending on how much acne or pigment you have and how sensitive your skin is, a typical series should include approximately 3-5 treatments (30 to 60 minutes each) spaced 1-4 weeks apart, followed by a maintenance regiment.

Is microdermabrasion painful? How long do sessions last?

Microdermabrasion is considerably gentler then other forms of skin resurfacing. The most you’ll feel is a slight pulling sensation from the tiny vacuum and a mild exfoliating sensation.

What will I look like right after treatment? Is there downtime?
Don’t worry, you won’t resemble steak tartare. At most, skin may look slightly pink for 1-2 days after the treatment. Staying well moisturized during the treatment period is also recommended, as you may experience some dryness.

What are the possible medical or cosmetic side effects?
Microdermabrasion is quite safe when performed by an experienced, licensed aesthetician or a medical provider like an MA or an RN. You will also be temporarily more sun sensitive, so be sure to use sunscreen daily.