Pumpkin Face Mask

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We seem to have a plethroa of pumpkins still floating around our house, and I have been debating what to do with them all.  As fate has it, I stumbled across this recipe for a pumpkin face mask and cannot wait to try this! If you are facing the same dilemma and want to give your skin a natural glow- here is a quick and healthy fix!

Beauty expert Indie Lee concocted two face mask recipes that combine fall’s most-loved ingredient (which is high in zinc and vitamins A and C), oil, and whole milk for a moisturizing brew.

Hydrating Pumpkin and Jojoba Oil Face Mask

1 sm. pumpkin
1 tbsp. jojoba oil

1. Remove rind. Cut pumpkin into ten cubes. Boil cubes in water for 10 minutes.

2. Drain and mash, then cool completely.

3. Combine 2 tbsp. mashed pumpkin with 1 tbsp. oil. Mix well.

4. Apply to face for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.


Soothing Pumpkin and Milk Mask

1 sm. pumpkin
1 c. whole milk
½ c. mineral water

1. Peel and halve the pumpkin.

2. Over low heat, cook one half in milk for 30 minutes. Allow to cool, then mash evenly.

3. Cover face and decolletage with mask and relax for 20 minutes.

4. Rinse with leftover warm milk for a soft glow. Rinse a second time with mineral water.

Thanks so much for passing this along Daily Candy!!


DIY Anti-Aging Face Mask

As we draw near to Halloween, we can’t help but think of masks!  While some masks are spooky and some are funny, I wanted to share a more healthy one with some anti-aging benefits with all you beautiful people…  This mask contains only 5 natural ingredients that all share in very powerful health and healing benefits.  While the benefits of all these ingredients are ultimately nourishing to be put inside our bodies, they are also beneficial on the outside as well.  Give it a try yourself to see and feel the smoothing and moisturizing effects 🙂

The first ingredient we need is cacoa (not to be confused with cocoa!).  Cacoa is the raw material for chocolate and has the highest amount of cancer fighting, disease busting, premature age destroying antioxidants on the planet.  With high levels of antioxidants, it contains ingredients that regulate mood, increase libido, and leave us feeling peaceful, relaxed, and full of love. If you can get raw cacoa powder, it is best. If you can’t get it, simply use pure, unsweetened cocoa powder.
The next ingredient is avocado, which defends against carcinogens and other elements that can cause disharmony in our skin. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, avocados are anti-inflammatory (inflammation is one of the biggest causes of aging).  It’s anti-aging properties work to create youthful, glowing skin as well as increase the elasticity on our skin.
Our third ingredient is green tea, which is consistently hailed as a powerful antioxidant and is attributed to one of the people of Okinawa Japan’s secrets for longevity and vibrant health. Putting it on directly on the skin is equally potent.
Our fourth mask addition is honey, which is a great anti-bacterial agent.  It will open up the pores, deeply cleanse and detoxify the skin leaving the skin baby smooth. Raw honey in its purest form is incredibly antiseptic, antibiotic and antifungal. In many cultures it is used to treat ulcers and burns. It is an astounding natural preservative.
The final ingredient to our anti-aging mask is oats.  Oats naturally exfoliates the skin to remove dead skin cells, leaving it soft and smooth. They are a good source of many nutrients including vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium. Oats are also a good source of protein.
~1 avocado
~3 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder
~2 teaspoons of raw honey
~2 tablespoons of oatmeal flakes
~1 small cup of green tea (steeped for 5 minutes and then cooled)
Mix one mashed avocado, 3 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder or cocoa powder, 2 dessert spoons of raw honey or honey, and 2 tablespoons of oatmeal flakes. Infuse green tea in a small cup of hot water and let it cool. Add a splash to the mixture, or enough to make it into a paste.DIRECTIONS:

Apply on the face, gently massaging it so that oatmeal can start exfoliating the dead skin cell layer. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse off with luke warm water.

Thanks for the recipe Food Matters!