10.08.2012

Beauty DIY: Pumpkin Facial Mask

How was your weekend? Mine was low-key, just like I wanted. First, I started watching Game of Thrones. Next, I was the DD at a beer festival this weekend. Since I don't drink beer, it was kinda awkward walking around with my Diet Coke in the heat. Then I wished for an appearance of autumn, which happened Sunday--the weather was amazing! Speaking of autumn, something I make every autumn is this Pumpkin Facial Mask. Those of us with mild acne will especially love this mask. Here's how:


T O O L S:
  • 2 tbsp canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp milk
M E T H O D:

Mix together ingredients--I just use a spoon. A hand mixer is a great idea, but not required since this is such a tiny amount.

Apply to face and remain there for 20 minutes. Rinse away and pat dry. This will be messy, so don't make your application of the mask too thick, or it'll drip off your face.


N O T E S:
  • You can use cooked pumpkin--I like sugar pumpkins best for this. I use canned because it has preservatives in it, thus allowing me to keep it around longer in the fridge. If you'd like to keep your real, cooked pumpkin mask longer, add a drop of vitamin E to the mix. Due to the milk in this mask, I'd keep it in the fridge no longer than a week, if you'd like to make a bigger batch.
  • Pumpkins are a great source of vitamins A, C, and zinc. They're great for those with acne or oily skin.
  • Honey helps with acne as well as removing impurities from pores.
  • Milk exfoliates, due to lactic acid, and also soothes and hydrates skin. 
  • This mask works best for oily skin, but if you have dry skin, like me, use yogurt instead of the milk.
PS: Go ahead and freeze that extra pumpkin! You'll need it for another DIY next month! :) 


49 comments:

  1. i love all natural masks. i use honey on my face every day and love it. i will have to try the pumpkin!

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  2. Ohh. Love this. BTW I tried your coffee scrub yesterday and I'm loving how my skin looks right now!!!

    I can't even talk about Saturday. So sad

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  3. I read this post with longing in my heart. I've always wanted to experience a facial mask but never done it. I thought it was off-limits to me. With your inspirational post, maybe I'll try crossing that barrier.

    I saw the whole first season of "Game Of Thrones". The series gets better as the season go along and ends nicely.

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  4. Gosh, I'm so jealous, I am craving fall. It is still summer here and I am sure that in a few months I will be wanting summer weather back but there is something about still being at the beach in October that seems wrong to me...Bring on the pumpkins, fall foliage and crisp weather please!!!
    However warm it may be outside, I will try this DIY, though :)

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  5. Low key weekends are my favorite! This mask looks really easy... and delicious too! ;)

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  6. This is great!! I love a good face mask since I have such horrible acne!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  7. What an awesome recipe. I wore mine as I watched South Carolina pound Georgia.

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  8. I'm just about to make a pumpkin and carrot soup and then I saw your post Now I know what to do with the rest of the pumpkin. :)

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  9. mmm sounds like it would smell delicious! great idea for fall

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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  10. followed you back :) http://xxxloveisbeautyxxx.blogspot.ie/

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  11. Such a great idea! I've definitely gotta try it!

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  12. elle, you are too funny! walking around with your diet coke at the beer fest. hahaha gotta try this mask! i love pumpkin! have a great week doll!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  13. So cool! I'm definitely featuring this in my weekly roundup and love pumpkin all year round!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  14. I can do this! I can totally do this! And having fall smeared all over your face is pretty much the most awesome thing ever.

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  15. This sounds great. Lately my skin has gotten a bit oily - I don't know if it's due to the seasonal change - but I'd like to try to make this. If I can find canned pumpkin her ein Copenhagen ;)

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  16. Yup, I will be trying this TONIGHT :)

    xo Rach
    rachiecakes-rachael.blogspot.com

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  17. I love this idea! It is perfect for fall. :)

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  18. Great idea!! I hope we get to see a vlog very soon!:)
    xo, amy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  19. I've never tried a pumpkin mask. It sounds like something I might have to try!

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  20. this sounds like a great mask and tats too.

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  21. I have a bunch of canned pumpkin that was going to go to waste otherwise - definitely trying this later today!!

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  22. oooh must try this! I need a facial badly.
    thanks for sharing this facial secret :)

    Are we following each other??? If not, lets do it :)

    http://fashion-a-holic.com

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  23. Thank you! I love coming here and getting new facial ideas!
    XO,
    Zhanna
    www.lifeandbows.com

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  24. I'd love to try this! I'm so into eating pumpkin everything, might as well show my face some love too!
    xo Annie
    newenglandromance.blogspot.com

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  25. Elle, I love how your masks are edible:) This sounds really good. And I haven't seen GOT but have read the book. Everyone says I should watch the series, so maybe....
    Happy Columbus Day, too!

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  26. i don't drink beer either. So I would be like you walking around with a coke in my hand.

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  27. I made pumpkin muffins yesterday and have just enough pumpkin left over to try something like this!!!

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  28. I will have to try this! I bet it smells amazing! I would be the one walking around with a coke at a beer festival too because I can't stand the taste of beer...

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  29. this is awesome, and would get me in such a good mood for fall :)

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  30. Does putting on your face give you the same effects as eating it?

    Haha, I guess babies aren't the only ones who mash pumpkin on their faces.

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  31. This sounds delicious enough to eat, if I make it, there might not be any left for a mask! Thanks so so much for taking my question into consideration, I really appreciate it and look forward to the post!

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  32. So awesome! Pumpkin masks are great. I still use one that I developed while I was working at Bath & Body Works years ago. Totally going to try this homemade one. It's probably even better :) Happy Monday, sweets! xoxo

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  33. I totally just followed your blog. I hope you make your goal. :)

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  34. Yes! And, I just bought some canned pumpkin, too...

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  35. This is so interesting! I'll be tempted to try it! Thanks for sharing.

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  36. This is really simple and too good to be true. Thanks for sharing

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  37. Ooh, this is right up my alley. Will try.

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  38. I have super oily skin, thanks for this tip! I might also be tempted to make a pumpkin pie while I'm at it :)

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  39. I will have to try this mask out!

    Thank you for sharing!

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  40. This is awesome! Oh and yes Fall certainly did arrive on Sunday, didn't it! Loving these crisp mornings!

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