Thanksgiving is right around the corner for us Canadians and not too far off for Americans. It’s this time of year that I like to reflect on everything I’m grateful for and….
Wait a minute. Who am I kidding? All I care about is the turkey dinner!
Seriously, I quit a bartending job, not once, not twice, but thrice because they refused to give me Thanksgiving off. No word of a lie, just ask V (who thought I was crazy and just shook her head). I may sound ridiculous, but joke’s on them; they kept hiring me back!
Now that you know I’m craving for turkey, let’s talk other side dishes. Pumpkin and sweet potatoes are always a hit. Cabbage and cucumber salad is also bad ass.
You’re probably asking yourself what the heck this has to do with skin care, so let me get to my point. Some of our favourite thanksgiving foods can be great for our skin—like said cucumbers on eyes!
So, in honour of all those pilgrims and indians, here are a few thanksgiving inspired skin care DIY’s you’ll want to try out today!
Cabbage and Cucumbers On Eyes
The holidays can cause puffy, dark-circled eyes thanks to sodium-laden holiday food, booze, late nights with family and crappy sleeps.
To reduce swollen eyes, I use a two part method:
- Start by boiling 1/4 cup chopped green cabbage in 1/2 cup water
- Once it boils for 15 minutes, strain out the cabbage and allow the water to cool off a little
- Dip a cotton ball in the still warm cabbage water and place over your closed eye for 10 minutes
This works because the vitamin A, B, C and E will help reduce your dark circles and prevent the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Yummy and useful, who knew?
But you’re not done yet! Follow up your cabbage soak by placing cold sliced cucumbers on eyes for 5 minutes
The transition from warm cabbage water to cool cucumbers on your eyes will help tighten your pores, reduce swelling and fade dark circles. For 15 minutes of downtime, you can’t really go wrong with this remedy.
Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Face Mask
Looking for brighter, clearer skin? Gather together the following ingredients to make this awesomely nourishing facial mask.
- 1 small sweet potato
- 2 tablespoons mashed pumpkin (fresh or canned)
- 1 tablespoon honey
Peel and boil your sweet potato until it’s soft. Mash it up in a bowl with your pumpkin and honey. Apply on a clean face and let it soak in for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
This festive face mask has so many skinspirational benefits…
First of all, pumpkins are high in vitamin A, C and zinc which helps heal skin damage, not to mention moisturize your face.
Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene which gives your skin a natural golden glow and also offer anti-inflammatory benefits. They also prevent damage from free radicals.
Finally, honey is a humectant which means it locks in the moisture so your skin always looks dewy and fresh.
Infusing old favourites with holiday inspired ingredients, you can boost the radiance of your skin in no time at all. All these ingredients are easy to find at any time of the year so you can have gorgeous skin no matter when.
Now isn’t that something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving?