From antioxidant-rich produce to healing herbs, some of the same delicious ingredients used to cook up a holiday feast can also be easily whipped into spa-inspired treatments! Try out these Thanksgiving staples for a pampered and pretty you — in no time.
Fade age spots with apple.
The fruit’s malic acid acts like a mild bleach, reducing discoloration as it absorbs into skin. And mixing with yogurt (it exfoliates to further brighten skin) leaves a more even-toned look in a flash.
To try: Mix 2 tablespoons of pureed apple and 2 tablespoons of yogurt. Dab onto spots and let sit 10 minutes, then rinse.
Soothe rashy skin with sage.
Sage is one of the best healing herbs, as its potent anti-inflammatory compounds ease skin redness and irritation on contact. Even better? Pairing it with antioxidant-packed coconut oil repairs the skin’s barrier to alleviate itchiness and prevent future flare-ups.
To try: Mix 1 ⁄2 a tablespoon of chopped sage (fresh or dried) and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Rub onto irritated skin and let sit 10 minutes before rinsing.
Smooth a crepey chest with pumpkin.
The gourd is a rich source of vitamin A, which promotes collagen production to firm creased skin. And adding honey (it moisturizes to “plump up” skin) and egg white (its amino acids and protein tighten skin) speeds the skin-smoothing results.
To try: Mix 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree, 1 ⁄2 a tablespoon of honey, and the whites from one egg. Rub onto the chest. Let sit 15 minutes, then rinse.
Enliven dull skin with cranberry.
The tart berry’s high amounts of vitamin C brighten skin and remove layers of dead, dry skin cells to reveal healthy, luminous skin underneath. When combined with brown sugar (it exfoliates) and avocado oil (it hydrates), it leaves the complexion with a youthful glow, fast.
To try: Mix 1 ⁄2 a tablespoon of mashed cranberries, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of avocado oil. Massage onto damp skin on the face for 1 minute, then rinse.
Reverse thinning hair with sweet potato.
Thanks to their potent vitamins and minerals, sweet potatoes increase circulation to the scalp, putting follicles into an active growth phase. Using with fatty acid–rich olive oil (it “swells” strands) creates instant volume.
To try: Combine 1 ⁄2 cup of pureed sweet potatoes and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Apply all over damp hair and let sit 15 minutes before rinsing.
Try these products for scentsational beauty and a happy holiday!
Relax with a pumpkin spice lip balm. Not only will it moisturize lips, but the fragrance eases stress. We recommend the EOS Whipped Pumpkin Latte Lip Balm (Buy at Walgreens, $3.99).
Feel joyful with an apple-cinnamon hand cream. The sweet aroma boosts mood, and the rich cream hydrates hands. We recommend the Hempz Apple Cinnamon Shortbread Herbal Hand Crème, (By on Ulta, $7.50).
Get energized with a clementine body wash. Citrus scents are known to wake up the mind while the gel cleanses skin from top to toe. That’s why we love the Bath & Body Works Golden Clementine & Amber Shower Gel (Buy at Bath & Body Works, $13.50).
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This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.