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How Your Jack-O-Lantern Can Make You Beautiful

Looking for ways to be healthier, go organic and cut down on waste? Using many of your local fruits and vegetables for your beauty regimen is a quick and easy way to accomplish all three! Instead of throwing away that jack-o-lantern, why not cook it up and lather in on?

Pumpkin is high in Vitamin A, C and Zinc – all of which are extremely beneficial to your skin. Everyone can benefit from the collagen-building and antioxidant properties of Vitamin C and A and Zinc works in tandem to help clear up those blemishes. So if you have any breakouts or just need to tighten and tone, get that pumpkin out and rub it all over!

You can always purchase pumpkin in a can, but to cook yours down:

  • Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. (If it was a jack-o-lantern, this is already done for you!)
  • Slice the pumpkin into pieces and peel
  • Place pumpkin in steamer or colander
  • Cover and place over boiling water for about 50 min. or until tender
  • Puree with a hand mixer or in a food processor

A 5 pound pumpkin will yield about 4 1/2 cups of puree. Feel free to freeze the pumpkin for use throughout the year in your skin care or food recipes.

Face and Body Mask – After cooling, mix:

  • 2 tsp of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp of honey
  • 1/4 tsp of milk (soymilk will also work)

Wash and dry you face. Apply pumpkin mask to face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and apply a thin layer of honey to firm and moisturize the skin (thank you to our reader, Rhonda for submitting this tip). Viola! Fresh, firmed skin.

For extra exfoliation: add 1/2 tsp of brown sugar to the mix

For oily skin: add 1/4 tsp of apple cider vinegar

To use on the body, simply apply mask all over and leave on for 10 min. Wash off with warm water in the shower. Repeat as often as needed.

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