How to Make A Homemade Facial Mask with Pumpkin
Pumpkins Aren’t Just for Pies and Carving!
That’s right – it’s not just for baking and carving. It’s chock full of skin-nourishing nutrients that will make you look younger by moisturizing, healing, soothing, and brightening dull, tired skin.
By the end of this article, you’re going to know exactly how to make your own homemade facial mask just by using pumpkin and a few other simple ingredients you probably already have laying around the kitchen.
Benefits of Pumpkin
Before we jump right into the recipe, let’s talk for a minute about what pumpkin can actually do for your skin. After all, just as with any ingredient, you should know for a fact what it can do instead of just using it because it’s natural. Remember, arsenic’s a naturally-occurring mineral, too.
The fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids in pumpkin help slough off dead skin cells and encourage growth of new, healthy cells. Since it’s the dead cells that make your skin look lackluster, your complexion will be brighter and refreshed.
Typically, it takes 28 days or so for your skin to form new cells and for the old ones to die off. This process may take even longer if you’re not getting good quality rest, if you’re stressed, or if you get too much sun. The alpha hydroxy acids kick this process in 3 ways:
- Increases the cell turnover rate
- Sloughs off the dead, dry, dull skin cells
- Dissolves the glue that holds the dead cells together so that they can naturally slough off
The alpha hydroxy acids get a real boost from the fruit enzymes that eat the dead skin cells. It’s actually pretty efficient if you think about it.
Pumpkins also contain several different vitamin A derivatives, or retinoids. These also play a role in cell turnover so now your getting action from 2 ways. The best part of the pumpkin to get retinoids from is the peel, so if you’re using fresh pumpkin, keep that in mind.
Homemade Facial Mask
OK, now that we’ve discussed WHY pumpkin is so good for your skin, let’s go ahead and talk about the mask itself. It’s super-simple to make and only has 3 ingredients. You can, of course, add more if you’d like to meet your specific skin-care needs. We’ll talk about those in just a few minutes but first let’s talk about this particular recipe.
Here’s what you’re going to need:
- 1/4 cup pumpkin, fresh or canned. As always, fresh is better.
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 tablespoon honey
All that you need to do is mix the 3 ingredients together in a bowl and rub it into your face a tablespoon or so at a time. If you massage it gently in while you’re applying it, you’ll help to get it deep into your pores so that it can work its magic best. Leave it on for about 15 or so then wash it off with luke warm water.
Because of the exfoliating properties (and because you want to avoid sun damage) of this facial mask, use sunscreen if you’re going to be outside. This product will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Other Great Ingredients
Now, about those other ingredients that we discussed. If you want to add some vitamin C to your mix, try throwing in some orange juice or peel. For a huge antioxidant burst, try cranberries or pomegranates. Cherries are amazing for you inside and out, too.
Basically, you can use anything that you want. Just be cautious if you’re using citrus fruits because too much of a good thing isn’t so good. Limit your use of some fruits, particularly papaya and pineapple, to once every couple of weeks or so.
If you’d rather buy a pumpkin facial mask than make one, Eminence has a really good one that’s all-natural. Click here to find their Pumpkin Latte Hydration Mask.. If you’d like to find out more about it, check out our review of it HERE.
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