Got Pumpkin? Make A Mask!
One of my favorite childhood memories revolves around helping to carve the pumpkin at Halloween. My mom would bake the pumpkin seeds and my dad would come up with some sort of really cool design. My job was to scoop out the insides of the pumpkin - a position I took very seriously. I come from a family of artists, so you could say that our pumpkins were always different than the traditional Jack-O-Lantern. Fine, I won't mince words - our pumpkins were just downright awesome!
I've continuted the great pumpkin tradition with my daughter, but being the beauty product buff that I am, I started thinking about the benefits of using pumpkin on your skin. Come to find out, that squishy orange stuff is loaded with vitamins and nutrients that can really help out your skin. Pumpkin is high in enzymes that make it a fantastic exfoliant, plus it includes lots of vitamin A and C - which helps to build tissue and heal your skin. So, before you pitch the pumpkin guts in the trash, throw it in a blender to create a puree and try out some of these not-so-scary Halloween "masks."
Mask One Mix equal parts pumpkin with full-fat, all-natural yogurt, and add a dash of honey. Apply the mask with your fingertips, allow to sit for 10-15 minutes, and then remove with warm water.
Mask Two Mix 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree with 2 eggs and a dash of honey. Apply mask, allow to sit for 10-15 minutes, then remove with warm water.
Mask Three Mix 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree with 1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream and 1.5 tablespoons of brown sugar. Apply mask with fingertips, massaging gently in a circular motion. Let the mask sit for about 10 minutes before washing it off with warm water.
If you aren't brave enough to try a recipe at home, then you can always leave it to the professionals. Try this Pumpkin Enzyme Peel from Peter Thomas Roth or try this Exfoliating Body Treatment by Kate Somerville, which also includes pumpkin enzymes!
Oh, and Happy Halloween!