Fall Cleanup for Skin

By the Care2 Staff.

Did you know that the onset of cooler weather calls for a shift in your beauty routine? Yep, the cleansers needed for summer heat-induced oiliness are too harsh for the drier air of autumn, and our skin craves extra moisture to prepare for those chilly winds just around the corner. Plus now is the perfect time to sweep away those summer sun-damaged skin cells, so a gentle exfoliant is just the thing. Step smoothly into the change of season along with us. We’ve lined up a harvest of easy, natural kitchen-cupboard recipes for the three basics of great skincare—exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing—so your skin can be fresher, healthier and more youthful this fall.

The three basic steps for good skincare are exfoliating to rid the skin of dead cells that block the lubricating effects of the dermis underneath, cleansing to get rid of makeup, dirt, and toxins from the environment, and moisturizing to keep skin plump, smooth and radiant.


Bye-bye dead cells, hello lustrous fresh skin. This gentle formula will help you put your best face forward. Oats are soothing, honey is a humectant, applesauce contains gentle alpha-hyrodoxy fruit acids to loosen dead skin cells, brown sugar gently exfoliates, and olive oil moisturizes. All in all, a delicious treat for your skin.

Soothing Honey Oat Scrub
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons applesauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Olive oil to moisten

Stir ingredients together, adding olive oil until mixture is a creamy and spreadable consistency. Wash face as usual, then apply scrub to damp face, gently massaging for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.


In the dog days, we needed relief from that hot-weather greasy feeling: heat increases perspiration, which disperses skin oils. But now it’s a different story, so here are two sweet ideas to cleanse your skin gently:

1. Organic grapes. Just cut a seedless organic grape in half and gently rub both halves on your face, then rinse with warm water. The alpha-hydroxy acids will help to renew and refresh your skin.

2. Yogurt. Apply plain yogurt to your face, then rinse with warm water. Lactic acid gently cleanses, while probiotics nourish.


It is so much easier to prevent dry, aged-looking skin than it is to fix it once it has happened. Here are two of our favorite ways to keep skin plump, moist, and smooth.

1. Honey and yogurt. (We like to use Greek-style yogurt for this formula, since the consistency is thicker; just place the contents of a large container of plain yogurt in a colander or strainer lined with cheesecloth. Allow to drain for an hour. The thickened yogurt remaining in the colander is Greek-style yogurt.) Mix equal parts honey and yogurt until smooth and apply to clean skin, allowing to remain in place for up to 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

2. Olive oil. Mediterranean beauties have known about this one for millennia, and it’s so easy: Just spread a little olive oil on clean skin before bed (you may want to cover your pillowcase with a towel).


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Dina Mattson-reddy
Past Member 10 years ago

For acne, an acne facial should be first. This service will begin with a deep cleansing, black and white head extractions, with a calming rose oil based facial massage to help calm the skin. Then you will begin your daily regimen as recommended by your professional. But first things first, an acne facial will bring your face to the level of starting anew to help control it as you use your products. They will indeed work better or more effectively once the skin had had the proper treatment first.

Lisa A.
Lisa A10 years ago

coconut oil is really good even for oily skin. It doesn't seem to grease the skin up. I also like Grapeseed oil too. I use it every morning as a moisturizer after washing. Last month a coworker stated that my skin always looks glowing. I'm 44 years old, so I credit that to only 100% natural things used on my skin or in my body, and my grapeseed oil as a skin emoillant right after washing.

Bears S.
Michele S10 years ago

It reads more like my lunch! So now when I eat in a messy fashion, I can claim I'm having a beauty treatment. Great ideas though. Thanks

Corinne M.
Corinne M10 years ago

Linda D: Sugar is granular, which makes it the mechanical part of this exfoliant recipe.

Yvonne B.
Yvonne B10 years ago

This is great advice. I always want to do facials that are from ingredients already in my kitchen so this is great. Thanks!!!

Linda D.
Linda D10 years ago

why the sugar in this mix, how is sugar good for my skin?

Tammy Hughs
Tammy Hughs10 years ago

Thank you everyone for the advice that you have given me on the fall clean up for the skin..I will try these remedies and pray that it will work for me...I havew also bought a blackpumise stone to use on my exstreamly dry feet and it seems to work very well, I also so had with me from the US some coconut cream for exstream dry skin with me and it works great. I just love to do things in my kitchen for my skin and hair....again thanks.

Gina Reza
Gina Reza10 years ago

For an amazing cleanser check out the Hydrating Milk Cleanser by L'uvalla Certified Organic. The smell and texture is perfect for the winter months. Check them out at www.luvalla.com. Blessings Gina

Rachael Niles
Rachael Niles10 years ago

Ground Adzuki beans are another great exfolient & I use coconut oil instead of olive oil.