Fall’s pumpkin faces

The festive season is here! It's that time of year where you don't need to worry about dusting the cobwebs, in fact you probably need to add a few. Get the spooky decorations out and start carving those Jack-O'-Lanterns! But what should you do with all the bits that don't make the Jack-O'-Lantern cut?

Why not turn your left over pumpkin into a beauty potion! Pumpkin actually work wonders for the skin because it is so rich in enzymes and vitamins. The fruit enzymes exfoliate dry, flaky skin. Vitamin A hydrates, soothes, and softens skin while Vitamin C reduces damage caused by free radicals.

Research shows that the skin actually absorbs these vitamins more efficiently than ingesting them. What better way to give your skin its vitamin fix than a pumpkin facial! Maintain your healthy, glowing skin during the change of seasons.

For people with oily skin, take note that pumpkin contains torulitine, which consists of Vitamin E and Vitamin T to help fight the shine factor. Puree it together with a generous dollop of Manuka honey, for a luxurious natural facial.

To make the facial you will need:

  • 2 cups of freshly cooked pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons of Manuka honey 
  • 1/3 cup of ground almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil

Instructions

  1. Puree the 2 cups of freshly cooked pumpkin in a food processor or blender until smooth. This activates the enzymes and allows you create a base for your facial mask.
  2. Then add 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt, to help smooth skin, 4 tablespoons of Manuka honey, 1/3 cup of ground almonds, and ¼ teaspoon of olive oil.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together and apply to clean, damp skin.
  4. Leave the mask on for 5-10 minutes. The enzymes in the pumpkin are most active when moist so after the shower is the perfect time to apply it.
  5. Wipe your face clean with a washcloth. 

After you’ve rinsed off the mask, use a natural moisturizer to complete your facial. Colder weather and change in seasons can make your skin especially dehydrated. This is a great way to nourish tired or dry skin and combat oiliness, and you already have the main ingredient on hand!. 

 

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