PUMPKIN FACE MASK: FOR HEALTHIER, YOUNGER SKIN
The Great Pumpkin!
Have you wondered what to do with the carved innards of a pumpkin after making a pie or jack o’ lantern? Well, they can be incorporated into a natural age-defying facial mask, along with some of the pumpkin flesh. Pumpkin is known to an excellent exfoliator of dead skin cells, along with dirt and makeup residue, and it also soothes irritated skin.
This mask makes you look deathly jaundiced and scary, in keeping with the season, before you wash it off with warm water 20 minutes later! Lay down with it on (which keeps it in place), and cross your arms at your chest, just for effect!
Pumpkins are loaded with nutrients that promote healthy skin both by eating it and by wearing it! It’s high in carotenoids that act as a natural sunblock; when eaten these are sent to organs including your skin where they protect skin cells against UV ray damage. Pumpkin’s vitamin C is essential for skin to make collagen, which we all know keeps skin flexible and healthy to stave off wrinkles. Pumpkin’s fibrous texture and natural enzymes are gently exfoliating, as mentioned, which helps skin look revitalized, feel softer, reduce acne, control excess oil, reduce the darkness of age spots, and promote healthier-looking skin.
You can easily combine the following concoction yourself. It includes honey, a natural “humectant,” meaning it helps hydrate by pulling and trapping moisture against your skin, and it is antibacterial which will heal and prevent acne. The egg white’s protein helps to firm skin and tighten pores.
If you have oily skin or acne, you might consider adding a half teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar, too, which is said to help restore skin's pH level and reduce surface bacteria. If you have dry skin, on the other hand, add a half teaspoon of virgin coconut or olive oil to hydrate it. If you want a slightly more exfoliating mask, add a little oatmeal, which also sooths inflammation. Grind the oatmeal in a food processor first (or even used cooked oatmeal) for a gentler texture.
PUMPKIN FACIAL MASK
2 1/2 Tablespoons raw pumpkin, pureed (OR 1 Tablespoon pumpkin flesh and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the pumpkin’s slimy inner pulp, which is recommended since it makes it creamier and stick to skin better)
1 teaspoon organic honey
1/2 teaspoon milk
1 egg white
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar or virgin coconut oil (or olive oil) and/or ground oatmeal
Combine pumpkin, honey, egg white and milk in a bowl. If using the slimy innards, remove the seeds and beat to a creamy mass along with the pumpkin flesh and mix with honey mixture. Add in options according to your skin type. Apply the mask using your fingers to clean skin, avoiding your eyes. Allow the mask to set for about 20 minutes. Close your eyes, and don’t move so the mask stays in place. Gently wash off the mask with warm water.