Guest Author - Terry Lynn Kosse
One of my favorite deserts is pumpkin pie. I love to smell it cooking in the oven and the feelings of family and togetherness it brings me. With this recipe you can enjoy the great smell of pumpkin while relaxing and giving your skin a treat.
Not only is pumpkin good for you, it is great for the skin too. It nourishes the skin with antioxidants as well as alpha hydroxy acids that slough off the dead skin cells that can give your skin a dull, dry look. This mask can be used by any skin type but is especially good for normal to dry skin, and is very effective during those cooler months or if you live in a cooler climate. Here are the basic ingredients and directions for a great skin care mask.
½ cup canned pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons of plain yoghurt
1 tablespoon whole milk powder
2 tablespoons honey
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Take all of the ingredients, place in a bowl and mix well until you have a smooth consistent paste. Spoon the mixture into a glass jar with a tight fitting lid and store in the refrigerator. Before and after mixing it is best to keep in a glass container, glass does not leach into the pumpkin causing discoloration or a sour smell that a plastic container can cause. This mixture will keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks. Be sure to remove only enough of the paste for one facial and use a clean stainless steel spoon. Never use your hands to remove mixture; the bacteria on your hands will transfer to the pumpkin mixture causing it to spoil much faster.
To use your pumpkin spice facial mixture, remove enough to cover your face and neck, about two tablespoons. Apply to clean freshly washed skin avoiding your eye area. Leave the mixture on for about 15 minutes then rinse well with warm water and pat your skin dry with a soft cloth. Your skin will glow after using this great recipe.
Variations; if you have oily skin and wish to use this recipe you can add a little lemon juice, about one tablespoon. If you have acne skin add one teaspoon of turmeric powder to your spice mixture, this will help with troubled skin.
This recipe makes a great gift for anyone who loves pumpkin and enjoys taking a natural approach to skin care. I use a decorative glass jar with a pretty ribbon around the lid. I also create a small gift card instructing the person how to use it. Just make sure it is not left out of the refrigerator for more than a couple of hours.