I know, I know – pumpkin spice. One of the most controversial topics of October, it seems. Either you love it and can’t get enough or you’re completely over this fad. I suppose I fall somewhere in the middle. Sure, pumpkin is yummy, and I love a slice of pie on Thanksgiving, and I’ve even enjoyed the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte I tried that one time on a whim.
But the idea for this face mask hit me and I just had to try it. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which softens skin, and natural enzymes that help promote new cell production. Cinnamon can reduce signs of aging and plump the skin to reduce fine lines, and it also helps heal acne and pimples (although you should consider leaving it out if you have sensitive skin). Nutmeg is also a treatment for acne and acne scars. The other ingredients often found in pumpkin spice like allspice can actually be reactive on skin, so I left those out, but as you can see many of the core ingredients are pretty fantastic for a face mask. I also added in some honey and apple cider vinegar, since those are two fantastic, DIY skin product stables.
I’m curious, where do you guys fall on the pumpkin and pumpkin spice issue?
- 1 cup pumpkin (either canned or fresh)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (leave this out if you have sensitive skin)
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
Put the pumpkin in a medium sized bowl. If the honey is hard, put it in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds until it is completely liquid. Add the honey, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and mix until its an even consistency. You’ll have enough face mask for three 4-ounce mason jars. The face mask will need to be refrigerated and will only be good for about one week, so I recommend giving two to your girl friends! I find that it’s the easiest to apply with a brush and produces a lovely heat and tingly feeling.