As the seasons change, are you noticing your skin changing too? You might feel that your skin is slightly dry after a summer full of beach days, and in need of some moisture! One of our favourite DIY face masks is perfect for this time of the year. Try this modified recipe adapted from Vogue.com by Keltie from Starts With You!
During the colder months, we need more exfoliation to slough off dead skin cells and help underlying skin absorb our skincare products. Pumpkin is an amazing natural skin treatment helping to restore and reverse skin damage from the sun. High-end pumpkin skincare products are available in stores, but why not skip the preservatives and make your own?
The alpha and beta-carotene found in pumpkins are potent antioxidants, which convert to vitamin A inside the body. Vitamin A promotes healthy vision and ensures proper immune function, while alpha-carotene is thought to slow the aging process, prevent tumor growth, and reduce the risk of developing cataracts. Carotenoids also boost immunity and lessen the risk of heart disease. Remember: these skin-loving pumpkin mixtures won’t last long, so if you have extra, store it tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to one week. You’ll never look at a pumpkin the same way again!
- 1/2 cup fresh pumpkin pulp (you can also used canned from Trader Joe’s)
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoon almond milk (for dry or combo skin)
- 1 teaspoon honey (for dry skin)
- 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or cranberry juice (if you have oily skin)
- Purée the fresh pumpkin pulp into a thick paste in your blender or food processor.
- Add the egg to bind the pastes.
- If your skin is dry, stir in a splash of omega-rich almond milk and the honey. For oilier complexions, instead stir in apple cider vinegar or cranberry juice to eliminate greasiness.
- Mix well.
- Apply the mask, leaving it on for 15-20 minutes, depending on your skin sensitivity.
- Rinse with cool water and moisturize as usual.