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Fall is officially here and you can’t go anywhere without seeing pumpkin flavored everything. I’m guessing there’s a strong chance you’ve got some leftover pumpkin puree or you’ve stocked up on canned pumpkin from making goodies like paleo pumpkin spiced muffins, healthy pumpkin spiced lattes or pumpkin spiced smoothies. That with some other kitchen staples is all you need for this easy brightening DIY Pumpkin Face Mask…
Maybe you have some extra kitchen staples, maybe you just want a super simple, super affordable DIY mask that actually works, you will love this recipe.
The inspiration for this recipe came from years back. My favorite facial included a pumpkin mask. I loved the way this mask always made my skin feel, but there were two downsides. The first was that this mask was only available by traveling to the land of Narnia and carrying a certain license to buy it. The second was the price and time in having to go out of the house to get a facial. As a new mama, both of these resources can be an issue.
I’ve researched around for a long time in search of a similar mask to the pumpkin mask I once loved. I was able to find some different masks, but unfortunately, when I did my homework, the ingredients were not safe on my Environmental Working Group app.
The search continued…..
I researched ingredients and started playing around with some common ingredients most of us already have in our kitchens.
Here’s why I picked these specific ingredients:
Full of vitamin A and C which are powerful anti-agers, skin softeners, and collagen boosters. The alpha hydroxy acid brightens the skin.
Great for dry, tired skin in need of repair! It’s both moisturizing and soothing. It has strong antibacterial properties, which are ideal for acne. It contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha-hydroxy acid that can increase cell turnover and help brighten the complexion, even out skin tone, and lighten scars and age spots a bit.
Lemon essential oil or juice
I chose lemon essential oil because my skin can be sensitive. It also kept the mask a bit thicker, which I like. It naturally lightens dark spots and heals blemishes. It is also a natural exfoliant. Be sure to test spot if you have sensitive skin. Lemon may also cause photo-sensitivity so be sure to wear your sunscreen and a hat after use.
Used for gentle exfoliation without stripping moisture. It’s also a safe form of glycolic acid which encourages brightening and cell turnover.
DIY Pumpkin Face Mask Recipe
- 1 T Organic Raw Honey
- 1 T Organic Pumpkin Puree
- 1 T Organic Sugar (brown or coconut sugar also work well)
- Option to add: 1 tsp fresh lemon juice or 2 drops lemon essential oil
- Combine all ingredients in a small glass container (we love these).
- Use a moistened foundation brush (like this) or clean fingertips and apply to clean dry skin.
- Allow to dry and leave on for 10-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and apply favorite serum, face oil, moisturizer and eye cream.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Not into DIY (or just too busy?!)
Truth be told, this is the first mask I’ve made since having my baby! I just haven’t had the time. I use this mask every other day to brighten my complexion since I deal with hyper-pigmentation and sunspots. (This post details how I’m dealing with sunspots and melasma.) I also love the charcoal mask (shown above) when I have breakouts and the plumping is great for fine lines, wrinkles and dry skin.
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