Don’t toss those pumpkin chunks into the compost! Make a nice facial mask for your skin with this Pumpkin Facial Recipe. Using fresh pumpkin in your own homemade mask will contain enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids as well as vitamin A and C, which are all good for your skin.
If you are like me, you have left pumpkin carving until the night before Halloween. I was trying to think of the best way to use some of these pumpkin scraps. Then I remembered all the good face masks I have used with Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture that incorporate pumpkin for great exfoliation. Pumpkin facials also give the skin a good boost in this dry, cold windy weather. If not tonight, try this anytime you have pumpkin on the menu…
The Pumpkin Facial Recipe
Here is the Fresh Pumpkin Mask recipe I tried. Add this all to a blender adding Essential Oil’s at the end:
- 1C fresh pumpkin pureed (I just chopped a little off the top of the inside of the pumpkin we carved tonight)
- 4TBSP of raw unpasteurized honey (or I used some high potency Manuka honey which is very anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial
- 1/2 tsp Avocado Oil ( opt: add 1 dropper of Carrot seed oil)
- Essential oils that are good for skin (avoid citrus on the face): I chose DoTerra 2 drops frankincense (anti-inflammatory), 2 drops of sandalwood, 1 drop vetiver, 3 drops lavender. All are good for anti-aging, and the combo smells wonderful mixed with pumpkin and honey. Others that would be great are geranium & helichrysum oils.
Chill for 20 minutes or longer, then apply to clean dry face for 20 minutes. Store refrigerated for up to one week.