One PSL for my face, please! This Pumpkin Spice Face Mask is inspired by Fall, sweater weather and cozy moments curled up on the couch with a hot chocolate between your hands.
The best part: it’s super simple to make, and sounds like the beginning of a recipe for a pumpkin pie. And with Thanksgiving approaching there’s a good chance you already have all the ingredients in your kitchen.
Now, who could benefit from this simple face mask? This recipe works great for most skin types. This pumpkin face mask:
- gently exfoliates for sensitive skin types.
- is nourishing for dry and/or aging skin.
- helps clear up acne and reduce pores.
Pumpkin basically contains most nutrients for balanced skin. And when applied topically, it gently removes dead skin cells to reveal the fresh layer of soft skin underneath.
At the same time, its anti-inflammatory properties contribute to the fact that this mask has a low risk for a sensitive reaction (keep in mind though that anyone can be allergic to pretty much anything – always patch test first).
It can also help clear up acne without drying out your skin. This makes a pumpkin face mask a great choice for combination and even oily skin types.
How To Make a Pumpkin Face Mask
This vegan-friendly face mask is made using only 2 simple ingredients: pumpkin puree and maple syrup.
This face mask is made with simple food items like maple syrup. But not all maple syrup is created equally. For this face mask, you’ll need the good kind.
Good quality maple syrup contains only pure maple syrup, therefore no additives should be found on the ingredient list.
Pure, good quality maple syrup should also be dark in color.
Remember when I said the ingredient list of this face mask will sound a lot like a recipe for pumpkin pie? Well, our second ingredient is the star of this Pumpkin Spice inspired Face Mask.
I guess this ingredient is not much of a surprise. To make this face mask you’ll need pure pumpkin puree.
You can use canned pumpkin puree for this face mask, just make sure no additives or other ingredients are added. This also means you have to stay clear of ready made pumpkin pie fillings.
We just need the skin-loving benefits of good ol’ pumpkins.
Of course nothing beats homemade pumpkin puree. I’ve never made pumpkin puree from scratch. But if you’d like to give it a go, here’s a recipe to make your own pumpkin puree at home.
Next up is ground cinnamon. This ingredient is crucial in any pumpkin spice mix. This is the only spice I’m using as it’s known as a potent face mask ingredient.
The other spices would just be for show and won’t add anything to the face mask.
The only other ingredient you could incorporate in this pumpkin spice face mask is a pinch of ground ginger.
Benefits of a Pumpkin Face Mask
Right about now you might be wondering, ‘why would I slather pumpkin on my face?’
First of all, if that is what’s going through your mind right now, I can tell you that this face mask won’t be for you. Yes, your skin feels silky smooth and soft after using this mask. But if the idea of rubbing food on your face puts you off, than this is not your thing.
If this sound right up your ally, you’re in luck. This face mask is frugal, smells delicious and delivers great results, without even having to leave the house or breaking the bank on some miracle-claiming new face product.
Anyways, circling back to my initial question: Why slather pumpkin on your face? For all its wonderful benefits, of course!
Pumpkin is rich in Vitamins
Pumpkin is a rich source of vitamin C, but also contains vitamin A, E and Bs.
We eat colorful veggies to keep our body nourished with vitamins (among other things). And guess what, your skin loves those vitamins just as much!
These vitamins help lighten dark spots and pigmentation on your skin. They are also often used in skincare for their antioxidant and anti-aging effects.
Pumpkin contains many Minerals
Pumpkin has more than a few minerals that are beneficial for your skin, including copper and zinc.
Zinc helps clear up acne and can minimize the appearance of pores on your face.
This will also help your skin stay clear for longer after you’ve used a pumpkin face mask.
Pumpkin has fruit Enzymes
Enzymes are a softer way to exfoliate your skin. If you have sensitive skin, pumpkin is a gentler way to exfoliate than using AHA’s or microdermabrasion.
Enzymes gently and effectively remove dead skin cells for softer, smoother skin.
There you have it. Not only will pureed pumpkin give you silky smooth skin. It helps clear up acne and fight aging.
Are you as convinced as I am about the benefits of using a pumpkin spice face mask? Here’s an easy vegan face mask recipe using canned pumpkin puree, that just about anyone can make at home.
- 1 tablespoon Pure Pumpkin Puree
- 1 tablespoon Dark Maple Syrup
- Pinch (1/8 teaspoon) ground cinnamon (optional - see notes)
- Small mixing bowl
- Face brush or face mask applicator (optional)
- Scoop the pumpkin puree into a small mixing bowl. For this face mask recipe you need pure, organic pumpkin puree. Look for brands that have no additives and skip pumpkin pie fillings. Or - if you want - you can make your own pumpkin puree from scratch. For this face mask the pumpkin puree has to be room temperature.
- Pour the maple syrup on top. Use 'real', dark maple syrup. Check for additives beforehand to make sure it's pure.
- Optional: add a pinch - no more than 1/8 teaspoon - of ground cinnamon powder. Cinnamon has a warming effect on the skin and can be too much for sensitive skin. Patch test first or leave this ingredient out.
- Stir all the ingredients together with a teaspoon. Keep stirring until the mixture looks smooth and well combined.
- Spread a thin layer of the mask over your face using clean fingers or a face applicator. Stay about an inch away from your hairline and avoid the sensitive area around your eyes. Remember that this is a food face mask, so it will always be a little uneven. That's part of the charm! If you want to create a thicker layer, pat it on with your finger tips.
- Let the mask sit for 5 minutes. This mask won't dry or change as it sits on your face. Most of its benefits start when you rub the spread over your face. You can let it sit for an additional 5 minutes, waiting and admiring your face or gently massaging the mask over your skin with your finger tips.
- Rinse the mask off your face with plenty of water. You can use a wet wash cloth to help you remove every last bit. Pat your face dry and follow with a moisturizing serum.
Always patch test first before using a face mask. Especially cinnamon can create allergic reactions for some.
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