{DIY Skin Care: Pumpkin Mask}

Thursday, October 21, 2010





I have used fresh pumpkin on my skin for years this time of year. The enzymes in pumpkin are abundant. When I had my skin care business, I made a dry mask called the Pink Pumpkin Mask that was really lovely for dry, mature, and delicate skin types. Today we're going to make hat same recipe. Here it is:

Pumpkin accounts for over half of this mask. Added to this are Pink Kaolin Clay, Buttermilk Powder, Honey Powder and Lavender Essential Oil.

This is an all-natural dry mask. It will help your skin achieve a glow and youthful radiance, naturally. Click on each ingredient for a link to where to buy.

What do the ingredients in this mask do?

Pumpkin soothes, hydrates and protects the skin with its abundance of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, potassium, alpha-carotene, zinc, beta carotene, and lutein.

Honey is known for its anti-bacterial properties. It can help to treat and prevent acne, while still having the ability to moisturize the skin.

Buttermilk is high in emollients and natural fats from the milk. It helps to cleanse and soothe at the same time.

Pink Kaolin Clay is the gentlest of clays. It will not dehydrate the skin, nor will it draw out oils and strip the skin. It acts as a very gentle exfoliant and helps to boost skin circulation

Lavender is always a favorite of mine for its ability to be so calming and soothing to sensitive and irritated skin, while being effective at clearing up acne.

To Make:

For the proportions, use 50-60% pumpkin powder. The other powders/clays can be split equally to make up the remaining 40-50%. Then add in 10 drops of essential oil. Store in a jar or sealed bag.

To Use:

You will only need a very small amount of the powder, which you may dilute with water, buttermilk, cream, milk, rosewater, or aloe vera juice.

Apply to the skin which has been already been cleansed and rinsed with tepid water.

Leave on your skin for about 10 minutes.

Rinse off thoroughly with warm water.  Follow with your toner and moisturizer.

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Now, if you'd like a quick fix with effective results, make it fresh using items you can grab at the grocery store.

Just grab some pure packed pumpkin, buttermilk, and honey together. Make sure you're using 50-75% pumpkin in the proportions. Just mash up and apply to the skin and then rinse off.


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