I mentioned yesterday that I think pumpkin recipes are overrated at this time of year, we all get so sick of pumpkin soup, pumpkin stew, pumpkin pie… but who wants to chuck out all that glorious pumpkin ‘meat’ when it feels so wasteful.
I’m forever trying to think of new things to do with the kids and because it was half term this week I thought we would give this a try. I adapted the recipe from a lovely DIY body butter recipe I found online to make a face mask with the boys. It was only a little bit of fun but it felt lovely to be able to put a face mask on , even if I made it myself! The smell is heavenly and it gets rid of another portion of pumpkin – woo hoo!
Pumpkins are full of enzymes and antioxidants that remove dead or dull skin cells, while its beta-carotene-rich antioxidants nourish your skin. Coconut is known to be a wonderful natural moisturizer, and cinnamon has great anti-bacterial properties.
Here’s what to do:
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (if you puree all of the leftover pumpkin you can do pretty much any and every recipe with it!)
- 1/2 cup coconut cream
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a medium bowl, blend all the ingredients together. Refridgerate for 1 hour. Apply and relax. Preferably with a glass of wine, a scary movie and some nachos… which is what I’m doing!
You can bottle this up, if you keep it in an air tight container it should keep for up to 3 months if refrigerated, so you can add it to a spa style Christmas hamper too if you like! Lastly, this isn’t just for your face – if you really want to go DIY spa, get yourself a towel and a book, add some poppy seeds to the recipe and rub onto your dry areas or all over, then rinse off in the shower after 20 mins. Boom. Softest skin ever.