DIY Pumpkin Face Mask

Halloween is right around the corner! We’re so excited because then that means we get to use and put our pumpkin skills to the test. Also, because there are plenty of benefits to using pumpkin in your skincare routine. Because of that, we’re offering a do-it-yourself pumpkin mask option you should try on your next day of TLC or on a girl’s night.

 

How Pumpkin Can Help Improve Our Skin

Before we start with the ingredients, Advanced Skin and Body Solutions wants to explain the benefits of using pumpkin. For one, it’s a source of vitamin C to protect the skin from sun damage and improves collagen production. Additionally, the minerals found in pumpkin like copper, potassium, iron, and more work together to improve your hair, keep cells safe, and continue skin renewal. The carotenoids in pumpkin protect your skin from the sun and lastly, pumpkin can help treat your acne. Whether it’s mild or the worst acne you’ve seen, the B vitamins in pumpkin help solve your acne issues and improves blood circulation overall.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

1 small pumpkin
½ teaspoon of honey
½ teaspoon of milk

How to Make Your Pumpkin Face Mask:

Remove the seeds from your pumpkin and scrape the gooey meat of the pumpkin and beat it until it’s creamy. Then, mix in the honey and milk.

Be sure to clean off your face and makeup before applying the mask. Be sure not to get the mask in your eyes. If you want to apply the mask to your neck and lower neckline, be sure to add twice the amount of ingredients.

Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and to wash it off, use a warm and slightly wet cloth.

If you’d rather just let yourself be pampered by our professionals, we’ve got just as much pumpkin and more to bring out the best in your skin. Stop by for our pumpkin dermazyme facial and pumpkin refresher facial specials. Plus, this month, you can get 15% off ALL pumpkin skincare products.

Eat Your Way to Glowing Skin: 5 Antioxidants are Key this Summer

Summertime is here and to get that extra glow we enjoy a good tan. Consuming food rich in antioxidants is key to having a glowing skin all summer long! With the help of these super foods you can have the glowing skin you want without the extra worry.

 

Berries

These include cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and acai. Berries are one of the richest fruits in antioxidant, which helps keep our skin protected from wrinkles. Try them in a cold smoothie to refresh from a hot summer day.

 

Watermelon

Since it is mostly made up of water, watermelon keeps your body hydrated. Watermelon is also rich in antioxidant properties which prevents your skin from showing signs of aging. It is the perfect snack for a pool party or a day at the beach!

 

Green Tea

This is a great alternative to your usual cup of coffee. Green Tea contains antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and therefore alleviate pain from sunburn.

 

Citrus Fruits

These include oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and tangerines. These fruits are rich in vitamin C which help fight against wrinkles, reduces skin discolorations and helps protect from sun exposure.

 

Fish

Specifically salmon, is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that have been proven to be very beneficial to our health and helps give a glowing skin.

 

These are only a few of the many super foods that can help keep your skin glowing during summer and even after. Including these foods in your diet along with keeping your body hydrated will help make your summer glow last and keep your skin looking young, beautiful, and radiant.

 

To top off your summer glow, treat yourself to the Age Defying Facial – a special offered for the month of July by Advanced Skin and Body Solutions.

Acne Reducing Miracles: Foods You Should Be Eating

For some time, people believed certain foods, such as chocolate or foods rich in oil, caused acne.

Though this is a myth, eating well and maintaining other healthy habits, such as exercise, can

clear up your acne and reduce the occurrence of new breakouts. Several healthy foods can help

you eat your way to clearer skin.

Fish, Flax, and Nuts

Most Americans know they need protein, but they tend to get it from omega-6 fatty acids. These

are fine in moderation, but too many can cause acne to flare up. To keep your skin clear, cut back

on omega-6 acids and focus on omega-3 acids. These are traditionally found in fish as well as

other high-protein sources like nuts; walnuts in particular. You can also get omega-3 acids from

grains like flaxseed. Consider adding them to a bowl of granola or a breakfast smoothie.

Green Tea

Green tea is filled with powerful antioxidants, including ECGC. Korean researchers recently

found drinking green tea reduces the size of your sebaceous glands, which are often enlarged in

people with acne. If you don’t like to drink tea, try placing a cooled tea bag or cloth dipped in

green tea on vulnerable facial areas for 10-15 minutes a day.

Foods With Probiotics

Did you know your gastrointestinal tract’s health can predict how much you’ll struggle with

acne? A 2011 study found intestinal microflora and other bacteria aggravate acne. To prevent

this, eat plenty of foods containing probiotics. Examples include miso soup, pickles, dark

chocolate, and yogurt. Many Asian foods, like kimchi and tempeh, can also help.

St. Patrick’s Day Pistachio Bread: A Benefit for Your Skin

It’s finally Spring, and finally time to let your skin see some sun! Best of all, Spring is a time to add some color to your wardrobe and your food! Because food never goes out of style, we would like to make one recommendation for you this March! Try making St. Patrick’s Pistachio Bread this month!

There are plenty of benefits to pistachios as it relates to skin. For one, pistachios contain Vitamin E which acts as an anti-oxidant. Above all, it protects the skin from UV rays which aids the prevention of skin diseases. Your skin will also look healthier and more beautiful! For those of us who have a wrinkle or two, the Vitamin E present in pistachios helps to fight the aging process of skin. The oil within the nut moisturizes the skin and keeps it from drying out. To strengthen the locks on your head and make them last by reducing hair loss, try an intake of pistachios. Not only are they delicious, but you can make plenty of other delicious desserts with them. Try our St. Patrick’s Pistachio Bread Recipe!

Here’s what you’ll need to make this magic happen:
2 loaf pans
1 yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons of Water
1 cup of sour cream
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of green food coloring
1 (3oz) pkg. pistachio pudding mix
1 teaspoon of almond extract
3/4 cup of chopped walnuts or pistachios

First, heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Get out your 2 loaf pans and grease them up, then pat the insides down with flour. In a separate bowl, mix all of the ingredients together until they are well blended. Pour an equal amount of the mixture into both the loaf pans. Put them in the oven and sit back for 40-45 minutes while they bake. Once the timer goes off, remove them from the oven and let them cool for 10 mins. before removing the loafs from the pans. Serve and of course, enjoy!

If nuts or bread isn’t for you, that’s okay. You can still make your skin look beautiful this spring with a sunless tan at Advanced Skin and Body Solutions!

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Let’s not forget how we celebrate: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!