Pumpkin Face Mask: An All-Natural Mask By Bonding Over Beauty's Erika Katz

The Huffington Post Canada     First Posted: 10/25/11 06:16 PM ET   Updated: 11/25/11 02:59 PM ET

'Tis the season to carve pumpkins. But what to do with the shavings and filling once your Jack-o'-lantern is all lit up? Try making a skin-nourishing pumpkin mask.

This recipe -- created by Erika Katz, author of Bonding Over Beauty -- is full of exfoliating enzymes that will brighten your skin, giving you a healthy, refreshed glow. Pumpkin is also rich in vitamin A, which can help heal skin and repair damaged tissue. The antioxidant properties of the vitamin A will also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


2 tsp canned pureed pumpkin
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp heavy whipping cream


Mix all ingredients together and apply to face. Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse thoroughly.

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Avocado is a restorative fruit, perfect for protecting and balancing your hair and skin. It is often called the "ultimate beauty fruit" because it delivers nourishing natural oils and other benefits. The vitamin A in avocado adds sheen to hair, vitamin B balances oil production, whether your skin and hair are too oily or dry, and vitamin E protects and repairs sun and pollution damage.

You can simply mash up one or two avocados into a mud and apply to hair or skin; for a deluxe treatment, try adding:

1 tablespoon of warmed raw organic honey
1 tablespoon of organic mayonnaise or almond oil
Apply to face, body, and hair (cover hair with shower cap) and let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse well and shampoo if necessary.
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