Leftover Pumpkin

To offer the skin on your face an all-round treatment, this leftover pumpkin and apple spiced face mask is perfect. Not just offering vitamin A to help sunburnt and element-battered skin, there’s moisturizing and exfoliating properties brought into the mix. This helps to strip the skin from makeup and cosmetic residue and brings it back to a much more natural finish.

The natural fruit acids are what work their magic in your face mask – not too strong to damage the skin but just enough to slough off the old cells. When those are gotten rid of, the water-packed fruit helps to rejuvenate new cells into growing, giving you a much clearer complexion.

To make a pumpkin and apple spiced face mask simply blend the following ingredients until you have a smooth puree:

  • 1/4 cup cooked, pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp’s milk
  • Pinch of cinnamon

*If you have sensitive skin, miss out the cinnamon. You could also consider adding a touch of nutmeg. In fact nutmeg has been said to have anti-inflammatory properties which is great if you suffer with acne!

Once you have made your puree out of leftover pumpkin, you have a mask that can be used not just on the face but on other areas of the body too. The soft-harshness in all those natural fruit acids are great for helping to fight back against dead skin cells on your feet so you could also use this on that area too. You could even throw in some white or brown sugar to make it an exfoliant or body scrub. This is a great idea for the really hard to deal with skin on your feet.

Other areas in which you could use this mask include on your elbows, knees, and other areas of the body you suffer with dry or tough skin.

Simply apply the mask to the affected area and leave for ten minutes or as long as you can sit still for. Wash it off, pat dry with a towel and you’ll feel the results almost instantly. Your skin will be much ‘cleaner’ than it felt before and it’ll also feel softer too.

For a super-quick fix for blemishes and acne-affected skin, you could rub the inner flesh of your leftover pumpkin over your face. With vitamins E and T or torulitine (said to work against acne), the anti-inflammatory properties will make redness appear less obvious and can also help to reduce the size of your pores. You could even blend a small piece of pumpkin together with milk for a runnier beauty product – this time a toner which can be used after washing your face.