I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited that it’s Fall. Nothing makes me happier than splurging on a Pumpkin Latte over at Starbucks and breathing in the crisp cool autumn air. This time of year is also really drying to the skin, so what better way to remedy that by taking advantage of the soon to be deals on canned pumpkin and mixing up your own at-home frugal pumpkin facial!
The ingredients in the facial below are almost identical to those found in a very high end luxury organic mask you would pay a fortune for at a Salon. Save yourself a hundred dollars and pick up a can of pumpkin, or better yet, puree your Halloween pumpkin
Hydrating Pumpkin Face Mask
This mask is incredibly hydrating, but without being oily so it’s great for all skin types. In addition to being naturally hydrating, pumpkins are also filled with powerful enzymes and antioxidants which work as a natural exfoliator to leave your skin looking radiant and incredibly soft.
- 3 tsp. Pumpkin Puree (the canned stuff works great, just don’t use pumpkin pie filling with sugar!)
- ½ tsp. Honey
- ¼ tsp. Milk (if your skin is extra dry, buttermilk or whipping cream will work better for you)
- Combine ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- Starting with a clean face, splash warm water to open the pores.
- Apply the mask with your fingers, or a fan brush (you can get these at a craft store like Michael’s inexpensively) for a smoother, more even application.
- Leave on for 10-15 minutes and wash with warm water.
Why does this work?
The enzymes in the pumpkin eat away at dead skin cells leaving your skin exfoliated, smooth and beautifully radiant. Pumpkin, as well as honey, are naturally hydrating, without leaving an oily residue so it’s safe for even oily skins to use (it seems counter intuitive, but hydrating masks like these help to balance the oil production out.) Pumpkins are also rich in Zinc, which helps to soothe irritated skin as well as Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant.
How often should I do this?
The enzymes in pumpkins are pretty powerful, so once a week, or on an as needed basis is fine.