Three Great Pumpkin Facial Recipes for Radiant Skin

WRITTEN BY: Elizabeth On 10/14/2010 • Skin

Three Great Pumpkin Facial Recipes for Radiant Skin

It seems like every fall more and more uses for pumpkins come into play. If it's not something new you can eat, it's something you can drink or in this case something you can apply on your face!

Pumpkins can in fact be used in several natural beauty remedies as skin treatments. As it turns out, pumpkins, whether you want to classify them as fruits (they have seeds) or vegetables (they are a member of the squash family) are full of vitamin C and caroteniods, such as beta carotene which are powerful anti-oxidants that help neutralized skin damage.

Here are some great pumpkin recipes, including a pumpkin face mask, that Narine Nikogosian, author of the book Return to Beauty: Old-World Recipes for Great Radiant Skin provides for healthy looking skin:

Submitted by Elizabeth on 10/14/2010 - 16:30

Harvest Cleanser

Good for: Normal-to-oily skin

Ingredients: 1 pumpkin slice, 1/4 cup milk Preparation: Remove the skin and seeds from the pumpkin, then slice and cut it into cubes. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the pumpkin cubes until they are soft. In a small bowl, mash the pumpkin. In a second small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the mashed pumpkin with the milk. Add 1/4 cup of water and mix well. Application: Pour a small amount of the mixture onto a clean wet washcloth or sponge. Gently wash your face with this in the morning and evening. Rinse with warm water.

Pumpkin Happy Face Mask

Good for: Dry skin

Ingredients: 1 pumpkin wedge, 1 tablespoon olive oil Preparation: Remove the rind and chop up the pumpkin into 10 cubes. Boil the pumpkin cubes in water for 10 minutes, drain, then mash them and let cool. Combine 2 tablespoons of mashed pumpkin with the oil and mix well. Application: Gently apply this to your face and neck and relax for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, then apply your moisturizer.

Pumpkin Eye Mask

Good for: Anyone

Ingredients: 1 pumpkin slice, 1 teaspoon honey Preparation: Peel and seed a slice of pumpkin. Cook it in 2 cups of water until soft, then mash it and add 1 teaspoon of honey. Application: Put the mixture inside clean gauze, then place over your eyes and relax for 20 minutes.