Look at that sad pumpkin, its purpose fulfilled, left to rot outside fighting the elements.
Why let something with such nourishing skin benefits go to waste!? Here’s our easy recipe for a sweet scented pumpkin spice face mask!
There’s nothing better than carving a pumpkin for Halloween, but after that one night of spooky fun you’re left with all of this veg and nothing to do with it. Pumpkin contains a plethora of good stuff which is hugely beneficial for your skin; such as enzymes, these help to dissolve dry skin cells! There is an abundance of vitamins in pumpkin such as vitamin C, K, E and minerals including , iron, magnesium and iron, but one of the hugely beneficial minerals is zinc. Zinc helps to control the oil levels in your skin as well as help to heal, reduces inflammation and will actually reduce the appearance of spots, where has Pumpkin been all my life!?
- Pumpkin (a duh)
- Honey (raw or regular)
- Food bags (optional)
Warning: This recipe does contain cinnamon and nutmeg which some people’s skin may be sensitive to, so please alter the recipe accordingly or do a patch test 24 hours before using.
- Start by de-seeding and slicing 400g of pumpkin (slowly and carefully), if you are using an old jack-o-lantern chop up 400g and scrape away any ‘cooked’ areas from the candle.
- Chop into large chunks and boil on a high heat for 15-20 minutes til soft.
- Once cooked allow to cool fully
- Spoon the pumpkin flesh off the skin into a colander, and press the flesh til you have strained out all of the water.
- Then mash with a fork or whizz with a hand blender depending on the constancy you prefer (smooth or slightly chunky).
- You should be left with 4 large table spoons of pumpkin, to this add 2 teaspoons of honey.
- Once stirred in add ½ tea spoon of nutmeg and ½ of cinnamon.
- Stir thoroughly
- And apply! I like to apply this when in the bath, the water warms the facemask up to a nice temperature and it avoids any mess. Leave on for 10 minutes and wipe away with a warm flannel.
When applied the aromas of pumpkin spice will fill the room and will leave you calm, relaxed, and in that autumnal vibe. The cinnamon and nutmeg don’t just offer a heavenly scent, the cinnamon is a great natural anti-septic and the nutmeg helps to heal acne scars and smooth over skin – adding that clarifying factor to the facemask!
The great thing with this face mask is that because it’s all natural, it’s freezeable! Make a big batch and freeze in individual food bags for handy homemade face masks whenever you want.