Earlier this week I promised that I would have lots of pumpkin surprises here during Pumpkin Oktoberfest month. You've worked out with pumpkins, created the delicious pumpkin protein smoothie, and now we're going to use pumpkin as a beauty masque!
Pumpkin is a terrific ingredient for everyone, including those with sensitive skin. It's very high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C (anti-oxidant -- are you listening, those sisters of mine who also have "mature skin"?), and Zinc. This beautiful gourd helps heal and protect the skin from free radicals, while gently dissolving dead skin cells. I've seen masques advertised in local spas for upwards of $75 to $100. Ouch! Why spend all that money when this little Secret Spa in Your Kitchen recipe can give you the same results for pennies on the dollar?
You will need some canned pumpkin (plain, please, not the pre-made pie filling), one egg yolk, and some honey.
- Prep: Whisk together about 1/3 to 1/4 cup of pumpkin, a teaspoon of honey and the egg yolk.
- Application: Onto a freshly washed face, smooth the pumpkin masque all over your face, neck and décolleté. Lie back, relax and let it do it's work for about 15 minutes.
- Removal: Rinse off with cool water.
Now, just to be on the safe side, you might want to test a patch of skin on your arm or shoulder just to make sure you don't have any adverse reaction to this homemade natural mixture. I was afraid I would have an orange face the first time I used it, but I was fine - and I have very pale skin. Remember - you do all this at your own risk!
There you go - you should feel refreshed and your skin should be smooth and wonderful. You're all set for a weekend of fun, frolic and pumpkin-picking!
Enjoy and blessings,