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Esthetician in the Kitchen: DIY Pumpkin Facial Mask

DIY PUMPKIN ENZYME MASK-learn how to make one in a few easy steps. FULLY customizable for ANY skin type!

On my old work blog, I had a fun section devoted to DIY recipes. Since they cannot be accessed easily anymore, I wanted to repost some as they got REALLY popular on Pinterest. While I am no longer able to work, its really awesome to be able to share with you guys my one true passion…skincare.

From this esthetician’s kitchen to yours!

As soon as September rolls around I want pumpkin everything. Pumpkin spice lattes (my fave), pumpkin bread, pumpkin candles…you name it.

You can also make your own pumpkin mask to get your skin glowing this fall!

The fun thing about making your masks is you can truly customize the mask to fit your skin’s needs.

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-1 cup canned pumpkin: Pumpkin puree contains enzymes that help to exfoliate the top dead layer of skin on our face, similar to the enzymes found in papaya and pineapple. Pumpkin also is very high in Vitamin A which helps to stimulate collagen production and cell regrowth. Make sure you use canned pumpkin NOT the canned pumpkin pie mix!

-1/4 cup plain yogurt:  Yogurt contains lactic acid which is a very gentle exfoliant that also provides hydration to the skin. I use Greek Yogurt as it contains more probiotics.

-3 tbsp honey:Honey is wonderfully hydrating for your skin AND is a natural bacteria fighter which is wonderful if you are dealing with stubborn breakouts. If you can, use raw honey which is honey as it is found within a beehive. The honey we buy at the grocery sstore has been processed with heat which then kills off healing enzymes destroying much of the beneficial nutrients that raw honey contains.

-3 tbsp oil of your choice:

-If your skin is oily and acne-prone: use virgin coconut oil as it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties

-If your skin is dry or dehydrated: use jojoba oil as it is similiar to the sebum (oil) our skin naturally produces. Olive oil is also great for very dry skin.

-If you are concerned with anti-aging: use sweet almond oil as it contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 AND E!

Optional: pick and choose which add-ons may make the mask fit your skin’s needs

1 tsp Nutmeg: When applied topically to the skin nutmeg can help reduce inflammation from rosacea and acne due to its anti-septic/anti-infllamatory properties

1 tsp Cinnamon: Cinnamon promotes healthy blood flow to your face and visibly plumps your skin. It also helps with acne by bringing oxygen to the skins surface.

1/4 cup finely ground Oats (use a coffee grinder): Oatmeal is WONDERFUL for sensitive skin. If you want to add a little bit more exfoliation to the mask, don’t grind up the oatmeal too much.

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Mix everything up in a mixing bowl and apply to your face, the application may be a bit messy so it may be best to do over a bathroom or kitchen sink.
Allow the mask to sit for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.

Apply your favorite moisturizer and marvel over your smooth skin! My skin felt SO hydrated after the mask that I had to make myself stop touching it. Depending on thickly you apply, you will definitely had 3-4 mask applications with one batch.

It should keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

Have fun making your DIY pumpkin mask mask!!!


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