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Pumpkin Seed and Rosehip Facial Serum

As the weather starts to turn cooler, and the dry autumn winds pick up, your skin needs extra protection. This super rich serum will do just that. And with pumpkin seed oil and rose hip oil, it's so perfect for fall!

Pumpkin seed oil is a rich oil that coats your skin in emollient goodness. It makes a nice protective layer over the skin and helps plump up skin cells. It's highly moisturizing and rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, so it's a great antioxidant oil.

Rose hips are those gorgeous, round fruit left behind on rose bushes after all the blooms have faded. (If you have rose bushes, don't deadhead them after August. You'll be rewarded with a bush full of brightly colored hips that last nearly all winter long.)

A ripe rose hip. Rose hips are actually the fruit of the rose bush. Rose hip oil is expressed from the seeds found inside this pretty orange fruit.

Rose hip oil is a fabulous anti-aging oil. It's naturally high in vitamin C, which helps repair skin damage and stimulates cell regeneration.

Most large natural food stores will carry both of these oils, most often in the skin care aisle. You can also order them from online soap and herbal suppliers.

RECIPE: Pumpkin Seed & Rosehip Facial Serum
A facial serum isn't a replacement for your regular moisturizer. Instead, use it as a nutritive boost for your skin. Because this serum is fairly heavy, you only need a few drops per use. A little bit goes a long way. I'd recommend applying it only at night, to allow it time to fully absorb into the skin.

Here's what you'll need:

2 tablespoons pumpkin seed oil

1 tablespoon rose hip seed oil

To make: Pour oils into a small container and shake well to incorporate. I like to keep mine in a glass vial with a dropper for ease of use.

To use: Massage several drops of serum over the entire face, neck, and chest. It's gentle enough to use in the eye area and on the lips too. Let absorb in overnight. No need to rinse off in the morning, it will give your skin extra protection throughout the day.

If this blend feels too heavy for you, replace half of the pumpkin seed oil with lighter grape seed oil.

Yield: Approximately 1 ounce

Shelf life: Approximately 4 months

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