Kitchen Beauty: Pumpkin Face Mask

I’m kind of obsessed with looking after my skin. I am pretty diligent about keeping a morning and night regimen and over the course of this past year I’ve really worked at finding products with quality ingredients. Despite my best efforts every now and then I feel like my skin needs a bit of a pick me up. Face masks are one of the easiest DIY’s I can think of. They take minutes to make and there’s an endless amount of combinations you can try.

I had a couple of cans of pumpkin I stocked up on around Thanksgiving time. My intention when I purchased them was solely for baking, but after learning about the benefits of what pumpkin can do for your skin I knew I had to spare a little bit of the pumpkin for a face mask.

I wasn’t working with any recipe. I selected ingredients from my kitchen that I know hold various benefits for the skin.

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Pumpkin has Vitamin A and C and E which are powerful antioxidants, meaning they will help soften your skin, brighten it up and fight damage. Pumpkin also helps promote skin cell turnover thanks to the enzymes found in it.

Cinnamon will help get your skin glowing. The spice helps stimulate blood flow and is also a natural antiseptic. A bit of a warning with this one – people with sensitive skin may experience extreme redness as it is so stimulating. If you are prone to redness you might want to skip this ingredient.

Raw (local) Honey like cinnamon is an antiseptic and can even help clear breakouts. A natural humectant, honey will help restore moisture in your skin. Kind of crucial if you live in a dry climate like I do.

Egg really helps to tighten and tone the skin. It can help to shrink down large pores. The protein in eggs can help promote tissue repair and growth. On top of this, eggs contain potassium and magnesium, both of which help to maintain the youthful beauty of the skin.

I arbitrarily mixed all of my selected ingredients. No real measurements here – I just winged it, which is kind of the beauty of it. So simple.

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After I had combined the ingredients, I headed to the bathroom to put on my face.

My mask admittedly was a bit thin as I was trying to conserve most of my pumpkin for baking these muffins from Joyous Health, but it was effective nonetheless.

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I let the mask sit on my face for approximately 15 minutes before giving it one last massage into my skin and rinsing it off with warm water.

Immediately following removing the mask, I applied a hydrating face cream.

pumpkinmask6This Filthy Rich Face Cream by Camp has been my absolute go to as of late. It’s extremely hydrating, perfect for the cold weather setting in and the dry winters Calgary experiences. I love the ingredients in the product, they are all natural and amazing for the skin. Beyond that I would have to say my favourite aspect of this cream is the scent! One of the ingredients has been infused with vanilla beans three times to achieve the delicious, lush scent. Camp is a small batch luxury skin care line from Toronto, I highly recommend checking them out.

Now my skin is feeling amazing and recharged. I can maybe sense a bit of a Sunday evening tradition forming!

What’s your favourite way to relax before the start of a new week? Let me know below! If you decide to try this face mask leave a comment telling me how you liked it!

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