Monday, October 21, 2013

Live: The Season for Pumpkin EVERYTHING

Everyone knows that fall means it's time for Pumpkin EVERYTHING! I feel like I'm surrounded by a sea of Pumpkin Spice Lattes when I walk down the street, that the smell of pumpkin pie haunts all my favourite restaurants (no complaints there!), and we may or may not have just brought back TONS of pumpkins to carve from our trip to the pumpkin patch last week... but did you know that aside from being nutrient packed for your tummy, they're also great for your skin when used externally? 

Pumpkins have oodles of vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are amazing for your skin. Pumpkin's Vitamin A is great to soften your skin while vitamin E repairs it from free radical damage... and how about all that nourishing zinc, beta carotene, Vitamin C and those antioxidants! Pumpkin also contains a natural enzyme that helps dissolve dry or dead skin sells, allowing the clear new skin underneath to come out vibrant, refreshed and glowing. Though I haven't test this out myself, pumpkin is also great for hydrating cracked hands and feet, so mixing it in with any foot or hand treatments you use might also be quite effective!

So next time you don't know what to do with that leftover pureed pumpkin from making your favourite fall recipe, try out this nourishing pumpkin face mask:


Nourishing Fall Face Mask 


Yields: enough for 2 masks*
Prep Time: 5 minutes

1/2 cup of pureed freshly cooked (or canned) pumpkin
1 tablespoons of plain yogurt (to detoxify and calm the skin)

1 tablespoons of honey (to nourish and draw out toxins)
1 tablespoon of ground oats (to exfoliate!)
1/8 teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil (to nourish)
1/4 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon (to increase blood circulation to your face)

Directions: 
1. Stir all the ingredients together.
2. Apply to clean, damp skin.
3. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes. 
(Pumpkin enzymes work best if your skin is a bit moist so you can even do this while relaxing in a hot tub to open up your pores and let the mask work its magic!)
4. Wipe your face clean with a cloth and admire the results!

* You can keep any extra in the fridge for about a week or use it on a friend! It also may just make a great snack! As I always say, never put on your face what you wouldn't put in your body!

It's so great you might just feel this relaxed: 
Have a great week!

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