rosecole.jpgby Rose Cole

The fall season is all about change. As the leaves change color and fall from their branches, it is a good idea to ‘fall out’ of your old skincare habits and make subtle changes to help you look and feel your best as the days grow shorter.

Because your skin secrets a lower quantity of natural oils during this season than in the warm summer months, you are bound to experience some dryness. Replenishing your skin’s natural moisture will keep it soft and help prevent chapping.

There are plenty of seasonal foods that you can incorporate into your daily skincare routine. And although they are all quite delicious, I’m talking about feeding your skin, not your stomach!

My favorite fall skincare ingredient is pumpkin. Not only is it high in vitamin A, C, zinc and antioxidants but practically all varieties of the fruit (indeed pumpkin is a fruit) have wonderful moisturizing properties.

Here are a couple of my favorite pumpkin skincare recipes:

Pumpkin Face Mask

1 Tbs raw (unheated) honey
2 Tbs raw pumpkin, mashed in a food processor

(Raw honey has more vitamins & enzymes, but cooked pumpkin can be substituted as well.)

Mix well and apply all over your face. Leave on for about 10-15 minutes before washing off.

Pumpkin Body Scrub

C raw pumpkin, pureed
C brown sugar

Mix well and apply to your body using gentle, circular motions. Then rinse off with warm water.


From Sarah: Rose is a fantastic, experienced nutritionist. Learn more from her at her site

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Rose Cole, CNC, CNHP, a holistic nutrition coach, certified nutrition consultant, and certified natural health professional, is author of the book Audacious Aging with Andrew with Weil and Deepak Chopra and a nationally recognized speaker on the subject of health and nutrition. For more than a decade, she has helped clients use her step-by-step natural methods to overcome their health obstacles, achieve permanent weight loss without dieting, and increase their energy so they can take back control of their life and health.

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