Wednesday, September 14, 2011

More than dessert. The Pumpkin Pie Mask that tastes as good as it’ll make you look.

Fall has to be my favorite time of the year because I love all things pumpkin, especially my yummy Pumpkin Pie Mask and Pumpkin Pie Smoothie.
This treatment is great for oily to dry skin types and can be used on the face, neck and decolleté. The mask will create a tingly sensation and may cause your skin to be pink for a couple of hours after treatment, due to the increased circulation. I suggest this treatment be done on a lazy, rainy day at home. Avoid this treatment if you feel you’re too sensitive.

 This mask is filled with ingredients that are great for the skin including:
Pumpkin (fresh or canned) - is packed with vitamin A for cell turnover (a very necessary process for rejuvenating skin) and vitamin K, which is great for dark circles. It also regulates sebaceous glands, which help in controlling oily skin.  This is perfect for those of us who are oily, but would still like something that is anti-aging.

Yogurt- has Lactic Acid great for exfoliating, and smoothing skin. The rich zinc content controls breakouts and clears skin. 

Honey- is super hydrating because of its natural ability to attract moisture and lock into skin cells.

Cinnamon - is antibacterial and stimulates circulation by bringing healthy oxygenated blood to the surface. Cinnamon also activates pores so whatever ingredients are applied to skin after are better absorbed. 

Nutmeg - reduces swelling because it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.

You will need:

3   Tbs Canned Pumpkin (organic if possible)
1   Tbs Plain Greek Yogurt
1   Tbs Pure Honey
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Nutmeg

Blend in food processor and apply to face neck and decolleté for 15 minutes. Remove with room temperature water and follow with favorite moisturizer. Your skin will feel tighter and look radiant! 

Want a delicious, healthy snack to go along with your mask? Try my Pumpkin Pie Smoothie:

You will need:

A perfect treat for the upcoming holiday season!
1 15 oz can of chilled pumpkin (organic if possible)
1 can chilled evaporated milk  
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup pure honey 
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (if desired)

Blend and enjoy!

*Fun fact about pumpkin: Did you know that pumpkin, cucumbers and melons all come from the same family?

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