I thought this post would be timely with all the pumpkin we are likely to have around the house for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States. Resist the ridiculousness of consumerism that has smeared Black Friday into Thanksgiving night and hang out and do home spa treatments with your family and friends!
This homemade mask is one of the few “products” I have ever used that literally left my skin radiant and visibly improved upon rinsing and for hours afterward. The pumpkin is hydrating and contains antioxidants A, C, and E, which keep the skin looking youthful. The pumpkin’s phytonutrients like cartenoids neutralize free radicals in the skin. The cinnamon increases circulation, the clay draws out impurities, and the honey and oil moisturize. It’s the perfect combination for beautiful skin, really.
Mix the following ingredients:
- 1/2 cup canned or fresh pumpkin
- 1/4 cup bentonite clay
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1 Tbsp almond oil
- 2 Tsp cinnamon
An amazing product to use for the bentonite clay is Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, which is basically pure bentonite. It’s really hard for the geologist in me to resist talking about clay mineralogy here but I will restrain myself! The clay also works incredibly well for blackheads, pore clearing, and acne as a mask when mixed in to a paste with water or apple cider vinegar.
If you have access to manuka honey, I would highly recommend using that as a portion of the honey required for this mask. Manuka honey is a special honey from New Zealand. It is a monofloral honey so the bees only visit the flower of the manuka tree. This tree is otherwise known as tea tree, which is well-renowned for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. If you have problem skin, this is a wonderful way to harness the naturally antiseptic qualities of the tea tree through the honey. I’ll reference manuka a lot on this site because I am pretty obsessed with it. Manuka honey is now available at some Whole Foods markets and can also be found on Amazon.
Leave the mask on for about 15 minutes, and be ready for quite the rinse when it’s time to remove it as the clay is super sticky and hardens. Note that your face may be slightly reddened after removing this mask, so be sure to test out how your skin will react before applying this before an event. The redness generally fades within an hour. Any extra mask can be saved in the fridge for about a week. I like to wrap up the extra in wax paper.