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As we get further into the season, days become shorter, and Halloween is right around the corner! We’ve already experienced some pleasantly chilly mornings, and soon temperatures will begin to drop. It’s an enjoyable time of year for many of us, but it’s also a time of transition, which means it’s time to prepare your skin for colder weather.
The summertime sunshine, salt water, and chlorine can wreak havoc on your skin. It’s important to repair damage and keep your skin nourished through the winter to prevent dryness. Fall is a good time to make sure you are exfoliating and moisturizing regularly. A handy tip for skin care through the seasons is to switch from lotion to cream or body butter. A great suggestion for fall and winter skin care is to use an oil-based scrub for exfoliation, which helps eliminate dry, cracked skin. Using cream or milk-based soaps with oatmeal or shea butter can also be better for your skin care in the winter, and less abrasive than typical bar soap. These simple changes in your bath and skin care routine will leave you looking and feeling your absolute best.
If skin care is something that interests you, we are offering a series of specially curated Holiday Gift Sets, including a Wellness Inside & Out Box, featuring Local products such as Blackberry Farmstead soap, lotion, and bug spray, as well as Cheeky Maiden lip balm and dental soap, H.L. Franklin Honey, and Biron Herbal Tea.
We carry many artisan soaps and bath products at Farmview Market that are made from locally sourced, natural ingredients and great for skin care throughout the seasons. However, with Halloween on its way, we selected three simple DIY bath products that may satisfy your sweet tooth without the added sugar in your diet!
[Recipe via Simplistically Living]
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1 tbsp. Baking soda
1 tbsp . Unsweetened cocoa powder (Organic is recommended)
Jar or container for storage
Start by combining your Epsom salt and baking soda into a mixing bowl and blend well. If you want a little more fragrance, you can use an essential or fragrance oil. You will add it during this step. Try thinking of great scents that pair well with chocolate, like strawberry, cherry, etc.
Next, add your cocoa powder to the mixture and mix until all the cocoa is blended well.
Once it is all mixed well, you can use your chocolate bath salts immediately in a hot bath or store into an airtight container and it will last up to 6 months. Enjoy!
[Recipe via Imperial Sugar]
3 cups Extra gine granulated sugar
1 cup Grapeseed oil
Red food coloring
Yellow food coloring
8 – 12 oz. decorative jar
Decorative ribbon [optional]
Essential oil fragrance of choice [We recommend vanilla, lemon, and orange]
Mix sugar, oil and essential oil (optional). Divide mixture into three separate bowls.
Add orange food coloring to one bowl, yellow to another. Leave the third plain white. (Use 4 parts yellow to one-part red to make orange.)
Add a layer of yellow sugar scrub in bottom of jar. Pour another layer of orange sugar scrub on top of yellow layer. Top with layer of white (plain) sugar scrub. Add decorative ribbon (optional).
Enjoy while bathing by scrubbing elbows, knees, and feet to exfoliate.
[Recipe via This Roller Coaster Called Life]
1/2 cup Shea butter
1/4 cup Coconut oil
2 tbsp. Olive oil
2 Vitamin E capsules
3 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
Place shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, vitamin E, and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice in a heat safe glass bowl. Warm in the microwave for 30 second increments until fully melted. Make sure to stir between each 30 second session.
Set on counter to cool for 30 minutes, and then place in the refrigerator until it partially sets up, about 10-15 minutes. If you leave it in too long, just set it out on the counter in a warm spot for a few minutes.
Transfer ingredients to the bowl of your hand or stand mixer, and mix until whipped and fluffy. Add vanilla and additional pumpkin pie spice mix until fully incorporated.
This does not have to be refrigerated, but doing so will result in a thicker consistency. Use on hands, legs, and feet after a shower or bath to moisturize.
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