Fall is a wonderful time of year, as the leaves begin to change so can your skin. So make time to prepare your skin with a deep exfoliator and moisturizer high in antioxidants to ensure the bitter cold weather doesn’t strip your skin barrier. Properly moisturizing your skin will allow the skin to protect itself from the elements.
Pumpkin contains fruit enzymes that help remove dry skin cells. It’s also high in Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) to help increase skin cell turnover for an extra exfoliation benefit. Vitamins A & C (to repair skin cells, boost collagen and fight free radicals that can damage the skin’s structure and cause premature aging) and Vitamin E & Zinc (to regulate the skin’s sebum production and protection barrier) all work together to throughly moisturizer and plump the skin. It is often used in brightening products to help dull complexions. Pumpkin can also penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin for a longer lasting results.
Adding in milk to the equation allows for lactic acid enzyme to aid in the removal of dead skin cells to restoring an even-toned look. Milk owes its moisturizing properties to water, fat and proteins. To maximize moisturizing benefits, use organic whole fat fresh milk or fresh milk cream or Malai for faces with extreme dryness.
Pumpkin Facial Milk Mask
- 1 cup pumpkin – slice the outer pumpkin into large chucks avoiding the inner seed area. Peel the outer layer away.
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup mineral water
In a saucepan on low heat, mix the large chunks of pumpkin and milk together for 35 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool for at least 10 minutes or until it is luke warm. Remove the pumpkin chunks from the pan and slice the into thin slices.
Cover your face and neck with the slices for at least 10 minutes. Reapply the milk onto the pumpkin slices on the face and neck with a cotton ball for an additional moisture and utilize any left milk onto the hands. Allow another 10 minutes for the moisture to soak into the skin.
Afterwards, gently peel off the pumpkin slices and rinse the face with cool mineral water.
You can store unused parts of the pumpkin for up to 2 weeks in the frig.