DIY Pumpkin Face Mask

28 October 2016

Last but most certainly not least, is it time for the DIY pumpkin face mask. It seems only fitting to try to maximize the functionality of the pumpkin with a simple beauty pick-me-up.  Kick back, pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy this soothing face mask right in time for the weekend!

An undeniable work perk I have being a part of the Tribeca MedSpa team is that I am surrounded by brilliant medical providers focused on the health of our skin. I picked their brain (as I constantly do) to help me take my at home DIY pumpkin mask from good to fabulous. Mission accomplished.

Don’t just take my word for it. I also practice what I preach. It is important to me to make it a priority to try everything that I would then recommend to others.

Point in case. Here I am happy and relaxed enjoying my pumpkin mask!

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As with all skincare regimens, it is best to customize the ingredients in your DIY pumpkin mask so that they are benefiting your specific problem areas. I used a mask that simultaneously exfoliates and moisturizes my skin. So refreshing! Bonus- it smells divine. I am officially Fall ready now.

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon raw honey
1 teaspoon Greek yogurt (% fat based on skin type)
¼ tsp turmeric

For oily skin, add:
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Instructions:

Clean your face well, removing all residue and makeup. Mix all of the ingredients and apply to your skin. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with a damp washcloth.

Before we put our feet up for the night, let’s take a step back and review the science. It is a fair question to ask WHY? Why would I think to use pumpkin on my skin? What about the rest of the ingredients?

Pumpkin is full of vitamins and antioxidants that can benefit the integrity of the skin.  It is loaded with vitamins A, C and E, as well as zinc, potassium, folate and even iron. These vitamins are protective against wrinkles and age spots. The antioxidant content helps relieve skin redness, fight inflammation, and reduce pore size. Enzymes that are naturally found in pumpkin are responsible for its exfoliating properties that give our skin a younger glowing complexion we no longer need to only dream about.

Note: Because our friendly pumpkin has multi-purpose benefits, I much prefer using freshly pureed pumpkin over canned products. You can make your own homemade pumpkin puree with a few easy steps. I follow this recipe http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/10/exactly-how-i-make-my-homemade-pumpkin-puree/. You can’t imagine how gratifying it is to make pureed pumpkin from scratch and then walk through your local supermarket to observe endless shelves of canned pumpkin puree. You feel like you are a super-hero holding a secret key to a hidden world of homemade goodness. If only you had the inhibitions of a two-year old, you would scream out “Yes, I know how to make that. On my own. Would you like an autograph?” (I sometimes let my imagination get the best of me….)

Honey is a humectant, which means that it helps your skin retain its moisture. It also has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that help reduce and prevent acne breakouts. Opt for raw, local honey to get the highest antioxidant level.

Yogurt contains lactic acid that helps promote skin turnover and get rid of dead skin cells. Yogurt applied to the skin acts as both an exfoliator and hydrator.

Apple cider vinegar acts as an astringent that reduces your pore size and helps with acne breakouts due to excess oil.

Turmeric provides an anti-inflammatory boost, especially good for sensitive, dry skin. (Dare I say, like mine?)

Who knew our pantries are chock full of goodies that can enhance our skin when applied topically? Enough information, it is beauty time!

I am so excited about my new found love for DIY masks. These masks are so fun for a romantic night in or a girl’s night with friends.  I’d love to hear about your experiences. Email me alix@tribecamedspa.com with feedback, questions, and concerns.