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Halloween Pumpkin Face Mask

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!

xo,

p.s. Can't be bothered making your own pumpkin mask? Try this ready made concoction from Sephora.

Gorgeous pumpkin photo via Shaun Ingham

Take time.

Sitting here sipping my coffee and gazing out at the gray sky...I was paging through Spa Magazine and found this beautiful Irish prayer...thought I would share. I think we can all use a reminder to slow down in this crazy, hurried world.

Take time to work;

it is the price of success.

Take time to think;

it is the source of power.

Take time to play;

it is the secret of perpetual youth.

Take time to read;

it is the foundation of wisdom.

Take time to dream;

it  is hitching your wagon to a star.

Take time to love and be loved;

it is the privilege of the gods.

Take time to look around;

it is too short a day to be selfish.

Take time to laugh;

it is the music of the soul.