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Pumpkins contain a plethora of vitamins and nutrients that do wonders for a body when eaten. Pumpkins are a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, as well as Zinc, Alpha and Beta Carotene, Potassium, Magnesium and Iron.
Also, pumpkins hydrate the skin when applied topically and a pumpkin peel facial mask with produce can soften fine lines in your face. Pump-skins are used in all kinds of spa treatments including: shampoos, soaps, salt and sugar scrubs, enzyme peels and facials.
Although mild and gentle, pumpkins are excellent exfoliators and leave your skin feeling soft. The pumpkin flavor goes well with apples, brown sugar, coconut, cream, ginger, honey, mint, vanilla and yogurt.
Here are two quick and easy home spa pumpkin facial recipes which will leave your skin feeling extra soft and smooth:
Pumpkin Papaya Facial Ingredients
2/3 cup fresh papaya, mashed
15 oz. can pure pumpkin
1 egg, beaten
Prepare the mask. Cut the papaya in half and scoop out the seeds. Scoop out the papaya fruit and mash it well to eliminate lumps in the mask. Beat the egg until it is frothy. Combine that with the papaya. Add the pumpkin to the egg/papaya mixture and whip together. You can also mix the ingredients in the blender or a food processor for an extra smooth mask.
• Wash your face with your daily cleanser and remove all residual makeup on your skin. Rinse with warm water. It's very important to have clean skin to ensure you get maximum benefits from the pumpkin facial.
• Cover your entire face. Avoid the immediate eye area. If you have sensitive skin, test the mixture on your hand before spreading it on your face. You'll feel some tingling as the enzymes in the pumpkin go to work immediately -- gently exfoliating your top layer of skin. It works like a scrub without being abrasive to your skin. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes.
• Rinse Off Mask. After you've relaxed for ten minutes it's time to rinse. The mask is fairly thick -- head for the kitchen sink.
• Apply Toner & Moisturizer.
Pumpkin Facial Ingredients
3 TB pumpkin puree (plain and unseasoned)
1 TB extra virgin olive oil
1 TB maple syrup