Hello everyone, welcome back!
It is officially the first week of October and I could not be more excited! I want to share my DIY Pumpkin Face Mask. Before we get into this weeks Facial Friday I wanted to go over some things. You should know these mask are homemade facial products I am making based on my own personal research and use. Always side with caution and if you are unsure please please PLEASE!!! spot check and make sure this will not break you out or make your skin flame up all crazy beet red! Trust me I have seen it happen and if you want to know how to remedy a possible flare up I have another mask for that.
First thing that comes to mind for October is pumpkins, Halloween themed movies (no gore), the beautiful deep rich colors of the earth changing and costume makeup tutorials!
In theme of my favorite month, I thought it would be ideal to make mask out of pumpkin! The first mask I experimented with is a pumpkin enzyme mask. The ingredients are simple and easy to put together.
I love pumpkin! It makes such a great antioxidant being high in vitamin A, and C. This DIY Pumpkin Facial Mask is great for softening the skin while repairing any free radical damage. Pumpkin has the effects to dissolve dead skin cells, making it a great exfoliant. Pumpkin also has vitamins E and T which help with acne, inflammation, and oil regulation.
Sugar contains natural alpha hydroxy acids known as glycolic acid. Glycolic acids have been specifically proven to break down dead skin cells and slough off the outer layer, revealing fresh new skin. For a less jagged version, castor is usually recommended. I used raw cane sugar for this mask.
Yogurt contains lactic acid which is a natural, mild exfoliant. If you have researched chemical exfoliant or peels, lactic acid is one of the chemical exfoliants used. It is beneficial in reducing acne breakouts and the appearance of wrinkles.
The pumpkin pie spice has a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, mace and cloves. These have been known to encourage the skins microcirculation process. If you are not familiar with the process, lets just say it gets things moving in your cells and skin, like getting rid of waste and blood flow. Remember, in the previous post I talked about cell turn over. This helps move that along and as we age this is a good process especially when cell turnover slows down because of age. The song lyric that always makes me think of this cell turn over process is “time forever favors the young” and their gorgeous skin!
Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
1 Tablespoon organic pumpkin puree
1 Tablespoon raw can sugar
1 Tablespoon yogurt
1/8 or Pinch of pumpkin spice (optional)
In a small bowl mix all ingredients until combined. Apply an even layer onto the skin. If you added the spices, do not leave the mask on for more than 5 – 10 minutes.
This natural DIY Pumpkin Face Mask is perfect for peel season. Right after summer and transition to fall is chemical peel season for estheticians. A chemical peel is a facial technique used to improve the appearance of skin by having a professional apply a chemical solution to the facial skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The day after using this mask your skin will be soft and glowing, I can’t promise it to be a magic eraser for wrinkles but improved appearance to some degree is still nice!
Thank you for stopping by! Make it a fabulous and awesome day!