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Thanksgiving Skin Care Tips

November 25, 2009

By: Soey Park for Body1.

The holiday season is upon us, and with the joys and excitement of the festivities come the disasters and stress of family gatherings and travelling; not to mention the anxiety about overeating.  One thing to keep in mind during this season of celebration is adequate skin care.  This Thanksgiving, be prepared to give thanks for healthful skin as you read on to find out more about the health benefits of some of the basic ingredients of a Thanksgiving feast, with tips on how to incorporate them into your very own skin-care routine.


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  • Naturally low in fat, turkey has become favorites among low-fat dieters.  Containing only 1g of fat per ounce of flesh without the skin, a 5-ounce serving provides almost half the recommended dose of folic acid.  Turkey is a great source of protein, vitamin B complex, zinc, iron, selenium, and potassium.  The nutritional value of turkey has been found to help keep blood cholesterol down, protect against birth defects, cancer and heart disease, aid in nerve function and growth, boost the immune system, regulate blood pressure, and generally assisting in our healing process.  


    High in protein, vitamins C and E, several of the B vitamins, fundamental minerals, essential fatty acids, and anti-oxidants, pumpkin is very good for you both inside and out.  Adding pumpkin to your skin care regimen helps renew skin by adding glow to it and removing the outer layer to expose the new skin.
    Here are some possible skin care recipes to try:

    Pumpkin Pie Exfoliating Face Mask
    2 teaspoons cooked or canned pumpkin, pureed.
    ½ teaspoon honey
    ¼ teaspoon milk (or soymilk)

    Optional Ingredients:
    For dry skin
    ¼ teaspoon heavy whipping cream or ½ teaspoon brown sugar
    For oily skin
    ¼ teaspoon apple cider or cranberry juice

    1.    Combine ingredients.
    2.    Mix gently and apply to face, avoiding the eye area.
    3.    Leave on for 10-15 mins., allowing for pumpkin pie facemask to gently exfoliate, nourish and condition face.
    4.    Rinse with warm water and apply moisturizer as necessary.

    Pumpkin/Papaya Mask
    1 ripe Papaya (peeled and seeded)
    1 cup mashed Pumpkin
    1 egg white (whipped into meringue)
    1 teaspoon Honey

    1.    Puree all ingredients in blender
    2.    Smooth puree onto face and neck. Leave on for 10-15 mins and wash off with warm water.
    3.    To use as all-over body skin treatment, substitute papaya and egg white with Yogurt.

    Pumpkin Scrub/Cleanser
    ¼ cup mashed Pumpkin
    ¼ cup Yogurt
    ½ teaspoon Finely ground pumpkin seeds

    1.    Mix ingredients together
    2.    Gently rub mixture on face
    3.    Wash off thoroughly with warm water and apply moisturizer as necessary.


    Proven to be one of nature’s best source for antioxidants, apples are also full of essential vitamins and minerals good for your health and skin.  Nutritionists have said that Granny Smith and Red Delicious apples are the best for skin because they contain an abundance of collagen and elastin.  Braeburn apples are also important in that they contain minerals which help to protect the skin from harmful UV rays.  Simply eating raw apples can help the body produce antioxidants to prevent cell and tissue damage, but here are some specific ways in which apples can be used for skin treatment.

    Apple Face-Mask with Oatmeal
    2 tablespoons Rolled oats  
    1 ½ teaspoon Cornmeal
    1 tablespoon Honey
    ½ medium apple (cored, peeled and finely chopped)

    1.    Use fork to mix oatmeal and cornmeal with honey in small bowl until it becomes a paste.
    2.    Blend paste and apple together in food processor.
    3.    Gently scrub mixture onto face in circular motion.
    4.    Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

    Apple Cider as Acne treatment
    Using apple cider vinegar for treating acne has been shown to rid the skin of bacteria and oils while simultaneously balancing the skin’s pH level.

    High quality apple cider vinegar
    Purified water
    Cotton ball


    1.    Dilute 1 part vinegar with 8 parts water.
    2.    Soak clean cotton ball with apple cider vinegar mix.
    3.    Using cotton ball, gently moisten the skin (Avoid rinsing your face with the cider mixture as it may cause dry skin).
    4.    Rinse with warm water and pat dry.  

    The apple cider vinegar mixture can also be used to prevent overnight blemishes and lighten age spots by dabbing a little on affected area before bed.

    Cooling Apple Face Mask
    This mask can be used as a treatment to help recover faster from and prevent blistering and peeling caused by sunburn.

    1 teaspoon Glycerine
    1 Apple (grated)

    1.    Mix ingredients together
    2.    Apply to face for about 15-20 mins.
    3.    Wash mixture off using cold water.


    As an abundant source of vitamins (C, B3 and B5) and antioxidants, cranberries are amongst the top foods with proven health benefits.  Research has found that not only will drinking cranberry juice help prevent urinary infections, reduce cholesterol levels, and prevent plaque formation on teeth, but the ellagic acid found in cranberries may also help keep skin toned and revitalized during the holiday season.  Ellagic acid is a fruit acid found to dissolve toxins, dirt and germs, so adding cranberries to your skin-care regimen will help clear up pores and allow more oxygen to be absorbed by the skin.  

    Cranberry Scrub

    ½ cup Cranberries
    1 sliced Tangerine
    ½ cup Olive oil
    1 cup Raw Sugar
    ½ cup Raw Honey


    1.    In a bowl, combine fruit, olive oil, sugar and honey.  
    2.    Stir until blended.
    3.    Cleanse face with scrub.
    4.    Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
    5.    Store excess in fridge for up to one week.

    Cranberry and Green Tea Facial

    1 cup Fresh cranberries
    2 teabags Green Tea
    2 cups Water

    1.    Add the cranberries to the water and bring to a boil before quickly reducing your heat to a simmer.
    2.    Simmer for 20 minutes.
    3.    Remove from heat.
    4.    Add the tea bags.
    5.    When at room temperature or a bit warmer, remove the tea bags and discard.
    6.    Using a regular fork or spoon, crush the berries against the side of the pot.
    7.    Take a soft paper towel or washcloth and dip it directly into the solution and then apply by dabbing it on to your "clean" skin. (Let this dry on the skin and leave on for about 10 minutes or apply your moisturiser over it. You'll actually feel the skin tightening slightly with the solution on your skin. Try doing this after you wash your face in the morning or before going to bed.)
    8.    Strain out the berries from the solution and pour the liquid into a large glass jar for use later.
    You can even use the strained berries as a facial. Just strain and apply the pulp to your skin. WARNING: Most bathroom sinks will clog up when you rinse this off so be sure to wipe off the berry pulp with a damp paper towel.  


    Potatoes are another excellent source of nutrition for you inside and out. Containing nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, potatoes provide an excellent alternative for skin care/therapy.  Potato juice can be used for skin whitening, treatment of blemishes and scars, as well as treatment for burns and frostbite. Potato paste (pulp of the grated or mashed raw potato) on the other hand, can be used to reduce facial/eyelid swelling and some minor acne treatment, while rubbing a piece of potato under your eyes can help reduce dark circles.

    Potato Skin Cleanser

    ¼ cup chopped Cucumber (with peel)
    ¼ cup chopped Potato (with peel)
    1 Egg
    1 Plain curd

    1.    Add potato and cucumber to blender and whip for about 20 seconds.
    2.    Add the curd and the egg and continue to blend until smooth.
    3.    Using clean washcloth, dampen your face with mixture.
    4.    Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

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