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Honey Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask

Posted Oct 22 2009 10:01pm

Marshall's "Haunted Honey" by In Praise of Sardines on Flickr

Autumn won’t be the same without pumpkins and they have quite a lot of uses at this time of the year. Aside from carving them or cooking them for your special pumpkin recipe, you can also put them on your skin. Whether fresh or cooked, pumpkins are rich in vitamins C, E and A, alpha and beta-carotene, lutein, potassium and zinc. Because of these nutrients, pumpkin offers a lot of healthy goodness when applied to the skin. In fact, beauty products and spa treatments use pumpkin extracts together with other beauty ingredients.

So today, I’m going to share with  you how to make an exfoliating mask made of pumpkin and honey. Well, you already know that honey is also good for the skin. It has moisturizing and antiseptic properties that keeps the skin clean without making it dull and dry.

This recipe was adapted by Care2.com from the National Honey Board and was posted in honor of National Honey Month.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon green tea, brewed
2 teaspoon pineapple, papaya or figs, diced
4 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil
4 teaspoons cornmeal

Directions:

  1. Steep green tea in boiling water. Set aside to cool.
  2. In blender or food processor, puree pineapple and place in medium-sized mixing bowl. Add pumpkin, honey and aloe. Mix well.
  3. Stir in jojoba oil, green tea and cornmeal.
  4. Reserve remaining green tea for another use. Apply small amount of pumpkin mask to cheeks, forehead, chin and neck. Massage in circular motions gently buffing skin. Repeat. Apply more product as needed. Leave a thin layer of pumpkin mask on face and neck for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Rinse with tepid or cool water and pat dry with soft towel. Follow with appropriate moisturizer.
  6. Store remaining mask covered in refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Image by In Praise of Sardines.

Tags:honey, pumpkin, Skin Care Recipes

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