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Fabulous Fall Facial Alert: Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Hey hey lovely ladies! It’s Fall y’all! The scents are all around us. At your favorite coffee shop, candle shop, the grocery store, and yes, even at the spa! Specifically, The Sanctuary Spa right here in Houston. You’d know it’s one of may favorite spas here in Houston if you read my post about their fabulous Oxygen facials called “It’s Time to Turn Back Time With An Oxygen Infusion Facial.”

Well now they have a special Fall facial called the Pumpkin Spice Latte facial. I recently went to have one, the things I do for the blog 🙂 and I definitely thought I should share the experience here with you! After all, who doesn’t love a good facial?!? And, we must take care of our skin ladies!

*Pumpkin is rich with antioxidants, contains lactic acid (gentle exfoliant) and natural vitamins A and C.

*I’ve listed a host of other benefits for the skin that pumpkin offers at the end of this post, so be sure to scroll down!

*Receive a special 10% discount on this facial at Sanctuary Spa from November 18th through December 31st when you mention To Be Simply Happy!

The lovely Jessica starts the facial with a pumpkin cleanser that has extra exfoliating effects than gentle cleaners, suitable for all skin types. After they invigorated the skin with the deep cleansing pumpkin and got some activity going, they used a pumpkin enzyme mask underneath steam for 3-5 minutes. For more sensitive skin, they will mix the pumpkin enzyme with a milk mask. The pumpkin enzyme was the main exfoliation during this treatment. Enzymes break down and digest dead skin cells (to get an idea of what that does, think of the game PacMan!) They are an excellent choice of exfoliation for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin or thinner skin who might not be best suitable for more aggressive scrubs and chemicals.  The steam helps activate those enzymes and as you inhale the natural pumpkin extract and spices under the steam, you also get some awesome aromatherapy!

Next they did extractions (me no likey, but a must) followed by a relaxing face massage. My favorite part of this entire facial is next — and that was the mask and ice globe treatment! I’ve never had an ice globe treatment, but at this point my face was a little tingly and felt slightly warm from the enzymes working on my skin. Go enzymes!! In any case, Jessica applied these cold, but soft and soothing sheets over my entire face, leaving just the tip of my nose exposed (gotta breathe!). Then she started rubbing the cold ice globes all over the top of the sheets on my face. Awwww, felt so nice!

After such vigorous and stimulating activity on and under the skin with these amazing spices and extracts, it is very important to now nourish the skin and replenish it! We want stimulating skin activity because we know it is more susceptible to receive the good stuff now- like serums, vitamins, you name it!

The final mask smells like coffee and chocolate, which also has a combination of antioxidants and peptides. They use actual coffee grounds and a cacao extract! Here I am with this mask on my face. I wasn’t going to share this picture as it isn’t my best look! But it’s for the sake of the blog 🙂

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After this final step was done and my face was all cleaned off Jessica finished my facial with moisturizers and sunscreen.

When I left my face felt like a baby’s bootie, super smooth and oh so soft. My face glowed and I could tell that old, not so fresh skin had been removed and what was revealed was a fresh new layer. You should definitely give it a try! I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the glowing results 🙂 And, pumpkin is great for your skin!

Pumpkin contains a lot of amazing properties that benefit the skin in many different ways. So how does pumpkin help skin?

• Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin.

• Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging.

• Zinc in pumpkin seeds is brilliant for acne sufferers. Zinc will help control the hormone level and oil production, as well as assist with healing of the skin.

• Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are necessary to maintain good barrier function of the skin. They also regulate sebum, great for an oily skin.

• The molecular structure of pumpkin is small and therefore can penetrate deeper into the skin when used topically. This is amazing for treating a dull complexion, aging skin and pigmentation.

*Receive a special 10% discount on this facial at Sanctuary Spa from November 18th through December 31st when you mention To Be Simply Happy!

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