Pumpkins have been used for almost everything ranging from culinary uses, craft ideas, to even being used in lattes at your favorite coffee shop. But who would’ve thought that you can actually add this meaty vegetable to your skin care routine — especially in a pumpkin facial mask?
Pumpkins are filled with fruit enzymes and vitamins that propose a variety of benefits for the skin ranging from reducing fine lines and wrinkles to getting rid of acne and blemishes. Considering all that pumpkins can do for your skin, why wouldn’t you want to use any leftover pumpkin puree as a nourishing facial mask?
Make It Yourself Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
One of the best things about using this mask is that it’s effective but gentle enough to use as much as you like. With just three simple ingredients like pumpkin puree, milk and honey, this face mask caters to the needs of your skin without burning a hole in your wallet.
Commercial pumpkin facial masks retail around $25 to $35, while this mask you can make at home costs no more than $10. What’s even better about this mask is it doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients that can put your skin in jeopardy.
Pumpkins are full of fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which promote cell turnover to brighten and smooth the skin. Pumpkins also contain antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging.
The soy milk in this recipe is more than a good dairy alternative, it is also good for your skin because it contains phytoestrogens that boost the production of estrogen in the body and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It can also help reduce discoloration and dark spots, and the soybeans in soy milk contain antioxidants that promote glowing skin as well.
Honey has natural antibacterial properties, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention. It is also full of antioxidants for slowing down aging. Honey is also known as a humectant and is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create an even and glowing complexion. Mix all these ingredients together and you have a face mask that can potentially solve all your skincare woes
- 2 tbsp of canned pumpkin puree
- ½ tbsp of honey
- ¼ tbsp of soy milk
- 1 tsp of sweet almond oil
- Combine all the ingredients together and mix until you have a thick and smooth consistency.
- Using your fingers, apply a generous amount to your face. Doing this can be a bit messy, so make sure you apply your mask over your sink.
- Leave the facial on for about 15 to 20 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water and apply your favorite moisturizer.
If you tend to have drier skin, you can also add a teaspoon of brown sugar and a quarter of a teaspoon of whipping cream to help scrub away dead skin revealing a nice and glowing complexion. If you are allergic to peanuts, you can substitute sweet almond oil with jojoba oil to help moisturize your skin.
Recipe inspired by Momtastic.