The past couple of nights we've been gutting the pumpkins we harvested and carving them up for our Jack 'o' Lanterns. It's a bit of effort but Grace loves the process. She diligently picks out the pumpkin seeds so we can roast them. What to do with all the pumpkin innards? How about a DIY Pumpkin Face Mask? Pumpkins are full of enzymes and Vitamin A that exfoliate, soften and smooth your skin, so why not pamper your skin after the trick or treating is over. (You can slather this mixture from head to toe!)
Here's the recipe I found via Spa magazine.
1 small pumpkin 1 cup yogurt Juice from 1 lemon 1 Tbsp. honey 1/2 tsp. ginger (freshly grated, preferred) 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
To Make: 1. Cut the pumpkin, removing skin and scooping out pulp. Place the flesh in a pot with a small amount of water.
2. Cook the pumpkin until mashable with a potato masher.
3. Remove from heat, mash pumpkin, and add yogurt, lemon juice, honey and spices. Use while still warm.
To Use: 1. Sit in the tub or shower and slather the warm pumpkin mixture all over your dry body and face. You may apply to your hair too, if you like. (Make sure hair is clean.)
2. Rest with the mixture on your body for 10 minutes.
3. Rinse off with warm water.
4. Pat the skin dry and follow with an application of your favorite body and face moisturizer. For hair after rinsing, follow with your favorite conditioner.
Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
Gorgeous pumpkin photo via Shaun Ingham