You may have already started getting hints that it’s pumpkin spice season. Shop windows decorated for Halloween. Co-workers tantalizing you with pumpkin spice goodies, aisle end caps containing a cornucopia of confections and coffee shop placards chalked orange. But before there was pumpkin spice latte mania, we knew how good pumpkin and vanilla were for your skin. Here, the many reasons we love vanilla and pumpkin for more than our palettes – they contain an abundance of nutrients and tried and true elements that are good for your skin and body! In addition we thought we’d share a scary good (and healthy) vanilla pumpkin spice recipe.
The Benefits of Vanilla and Pumpkin
Vanilla and pumpkin are more than delicious: they’re superfoods that are great for your skin and body! Vanilla’s main component, vanillin, is found in many cleansers. There’s a reason that vanilla is used in so many coffees as a flavor additive, it’s loaded with B vitamins! B vitamins help to maintain energy levels and beautiful skin, making vanilla a perfect complement to any concoction.
Pumpkins are not just great for carving, smashing and turning into carriages they’re chocked full of beneficial ingredients to maintain glowing, beautiful skin! Pumpkin meal is rich in vitamin A, bringing a soothing feel and softer look to dried out skin. Did you know that pumpkins also have vitamin C? It’s like a giant orange! Well… a little less tangy. Speaking of orange, the pumpkin is loaded with beta carotene which helps to improve skin texture. The zinc found in pumpkins has been shown to help skin appear less oily. Pumpkins also contain vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps moisturize the skin.
How to Get Your Vanilla and Pumpkin fix?
So how do you get your fix on the inside and out?
(Vanillafina FUSION Facial)
Visit your local spa and ask for a Repêchage Vanillafina FUSION Facial – This facial treatment combines the best of the land with the best of the sea, taking vanilla and pumpkin extracts along with our Laminaria seaweed complex, delivering the benefits of vanilla and pumpkin to your skin in a facial that is beneficial for all ages.
And for your insides? Halloween Oreos, of course, with pumpkin colored vanilla cream! Just kidding. A more nutritious option? A healthy vanilla-pumpkin banana smoothie! This delicious smoothie blends the nutritional powerhouses of pumpkin and vanilla for a seasonal delight that will be sure to have you searching for seconds!
Vanilla-Pumpkin Banana Smoothie
2 tablespoons canned pure pumpkin
5 tablespoons milk (low-fat milk optional)
2 tablespoons plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon honey
1 banana, frozen
⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup ice
*Put all ingredients into a blender and let it whip for 30-60 seconds or until fully smooth.