As Halloween rapidly approaches and people across the country start carving away at pumpkins, we can put the squash to good use by making a delicious and totally revitalizing body mask.
Pumpkins are so full of nutrients it is hard to know where to begin! First of all, pumpkins are loaded with strong anti-oxidents which you can see with its beautiful orange color…beta-carotene and vitamins A and C. It also contains alpha-hydroxy acids which help eliminate dead /damaged cells, this gradually removes any sun spots caused by the sun or any other skin scarring. Additionally, as it boasts a number of anti-inflammatory benefits and along with a hint of UV protection (like the avocado) – simply throwing away the otherwise discarded pumpkin is a huge no-no!
What to do:
Once you have scooped out the goo and cleaned the pumpkin, cut or scoop out some of its “body” from the inside. If you can get 2-3 cups, excellent, you want enough for a full body mask. If you want to make 2 batches, double the recipe and put some into the fridge to save for later or give to a friend!
Take your collected pumpkin and put it in the oven with a dab of olive oil for 45 minutes, or until soft. We want it to be nice and mushy for the skin… let it cool and puree it.
-2-3 cups of pumpkin puree
-3 tablespoons of honey
-1 tablespoon of cinnamon
-2 tablespoons of coconut oil
Take the puree and mix it together with the 3 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Each one of these ingredients has a slue of additional benefits for the skin that will literally make your skin glow, just like the jack-o-lantern on the porch.
Cinnamon: This yummy spice is antioxidant rich, anti-bacterial and it adds a delicious smell that simply makes this mask scrumptious!
Coconut Oil: This is a magical ingredient that I put in everything. Besides having the most divine smell ever, it is packed with moisturizers of many varieties that absorb really nicely into the deeper layers of the skin… it can also exfoliate deal skin cells away while acting as an anti-bacterial. Coconut oil is incredible stuff.
Honey: This thick and natural beauty ingredient is anti-bachterial which helps to remedy acne as well as other minor skin maladies. Additionally, I find it has a unique ability to leave the skin feeling so incredibly soft and smooth, it has become a staple in many of my home beauty treatment recipes… including this one!
After you have cleaned your whole body, exfoliated and patted the skin dry, apply the mask generously to the skin. Massage it into the skin as you apply. Once you are covered, let it sit for 10-15 minuets. This is a great time to let a moisturizing hair mask sink in as well. As the mask is sitting, do a small meditative visualization. Imagine all of the natural nutrients entering the skin and making it healthy and radiant. This visualization is important! Smile gently to yourself and feel gratitude for taking such sweet care of yourself. Then simply rinse off and dry! The skin will really feel remarkable. 🙂