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Homemade Pumpkin Face Masks



By Tiffany Moore


For many of us, pumpkin is just another fruit synonymous with autumn and a sign that Halloween is fast approaching. We also know that the cheerful bright-orange squash holds a myriad of nutritional benefits that help prevent age-related health problems such as cataracts, arthritis and urinary incontinence. But have you heard the good news about pumpkin’s astounding ability to repair skin damage and possibly reverse the cruel hands of time?



If you have wrinkled mature skin with pigmentation issues like uneven skin tone, sun spots, melasma, or freckles, you probably also have looked into scores of face creams that contain cutting edge skin lightening ingredients plus a powerful dose of antioxidants to retard skin aging.



Antioxidants play a positive role in protecting and preserving the health of skin cells. They scavenge free radicals which come the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and environmental pollutants that can damage skin cells, causing them to age faster than normal – premature skin aging.



Skin starts to lose its natural radiance and takes on a dull leathery appearance peppered with annoyingly icky age spots. Plump youthful skin becomes less elastic and sags, making impossible-to-erase dark under eye circles more pronounced. Crow’s feet, laugh lines, and forehead wrinkles may also form.



So why is pumpkin good for your skin and what are its beauty benefits? The answers lie in its rich concentration of antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E, all of which are anti-aging superstars in the world of skin care.



Vitamin A is an important skin-regenerating nutrient that not only helps stimulate the growth of fresher, newer looking skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars, it will also help improve dry skin conditions by increasing sebum production. Sebum is your skin’s natural oil and is necessary for keeping skin blissfully moist and supple.



Vitamin C is so loved by women seeking to tighten sagging skin and smooth out fine lines because it promotes collagen production in the skin, which holds skin tissues together. Without sufficient collagen, your skin loses firmness and elasticity, becoming weak and more prone to signs of premature aging, such as creases, brown spots, dullness and loss of hydration.



Another plus point about Vitamin C is, it has sun-protection benefits along with strong skin whitening actions and won't cause nasty side effects like those of hydroquinone – skin itching, burning sensation, and blue-black pigmentation (exogenous ochronosis). Hence, it is included in a variety of skin bleaching formulas to naturally lighten dark spots and fade scars left behind by acne, chicken pox as well as bug bites.



Vitamin E also ranks high in the skin health arena, thanks to its really impressive skin-hydrating and age-stopping properties. It strengthens your skin’s barrier function to prevent moisture loss so skin stays in pristine condition – as smooth as porcelain, oh-so-luminous and line-free.



In addition, the potent antioxidant is often used for acne treatments as it helps regulate the levels of retinol (another name for Vitamin A) in the body, which resurfaces and smoothes acne-damaged skin while helping it to heal.



Furthermore, pumpkin also has good amounts of zinc, a mineral shown to help reduce skin inflammation associated with acne and clear skin blemishes.



There are many skin care products available today that contain pumpkin, and one to check out is the reasonably-priced MyChelle Dermaceuticals Incredible Pumpkin Peel, if dry skin troubles you.  



You might also like to look out for the following pumpkin skin products at your local beauty stores.





Here you can find several simple homemade pumpkin face mask recipes that work beautifully for my skin type (oily T zone but becomes crazy dry and flaky in winter), and they are all incredibly easy to create.



The first one calls for papaya and egg. The egg helps bind the mask together, nourishing and lifting the skin while the papaya fruit offers a host of enzymes and nutrients to brighten up a dull lackluster complexion. So if you are looking for a mini instant face lift before a special event, this one is for you. It is suitable for all skin types, and feels really wonderful on tired skin. Also, a good remedy to treat an unexpected breakout of pimples.



For those who have stubborn dry skin that tends to flake quite a bit, I suggest you try out the second recipe which has honey and milk. Both ingredients are valued for their superb skin-moisturizing properties that help restore lost moisture and soften even the driest skin. It is also good for acne skin that feels dry due to salicylic acid acne treatment.



And finally, use the third pumpkin home facial recipe if your skin is oily. Apple cider vinegar zaps away excess oils, leaving your face squeaky clean and refreshed. It will help fade acne scars, freckles and age spots as well.




Pumpkin Papaya Mask Recipe




How to make pumpkin and papaya face mask

1. Cut the papaya in half and remove the seeds. Scoop out the papaya flesh and mash it well in a bowl. Make sure there are no lumps.


2. Beat the egg until it is light and frothy. Add to mashed papaya.


3. Add pumpkin to the egg/papaya mixture and whip together. You use a blender or a food processor to help you get an extra smooth face mask. For dry skin, you may want to add 1 teaspoon honey.


4. Apply pumpkin mask to your entire face, avoiding the delicate eye area. Make sure you clean and remove all makeup before application. If your skin is sensitive, test the mixture on your hand first. You should feel some tingling as the enzymes in the pumpkin begin to work. This acts as a mild scrub, sloughing off dead skin.


5. Relax and leave the pumpkin facial mask on for about 10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.


6. Apply your regular toner and moisturizer to seal in moisture.





Pumpkin and Honey Facial Scrub Mask





How to make pumpkin and honey facial

1. Mix everything all up, then apply to a clean face. Wash off after 10 minutes.  


Note: You may want to sprinkle in ½ teaspoon brown sugar for some gentle exfoliating actions (optional).





Pumpkin and Apple Cider Vinegar Home Facial





How to make pumpkin and apple cider vinegar face pack

1. Combine all the ingredients together until you get a paste. Smear mixture on freshly cleansed face and allow to dry naturally for 15-20 minutes before washing off with warm water.




Use any of these relaxing homemade papaya face treatment once a week, and it will surely leave your face feeling fresh and glowing in no time!



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