Facials From the Fridge: Inexpensive Masks You Can Make From Food.

Happy Halloween!  I decided to incorporate some yummy masks you can make in your kitchen as an ode to one of my favorite holidays of the year.

Some of those items you’ve been purchasing for the health benefits for your INSIDES can also be used for your OUTSIDES.  Foods high in antioxidants, probiotics, and vitamins can often give you some of those yummy benefits when applied to your body.  Your skin is your biggest organ.  If you are not taking care of it, you most likely don’t feel 100%.

Store bought facials, masks, and creams contain synthetics and chemicals.  If your skin is your biggest organ, you are placing these synthetics and chemicals directly on your biggest organ.  You wouldn’t ingest bleach because you know it will harm your internal organs, so why treat your skin poorly by putting that gunk on yourself?

Here are three delicious masks you can whip up tomorrow to take care of your face after a night of wearing make-up!

The Fresca:  Cucumbers are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.  They cool and soothe irritated skin.  Add in the benefits of strawberries which are packed full of Vitamin C and potassium.  Honey is a great anti-bacterial spread, and the yogurt adds the smooth texture we all want!
  1. In a food processor or blender combine 1/2 a cucumber, 1 tablespoon of yogurt, a few strawberries, and 1 teaspoon honey.
  2. Apply to face and allow to dry.
  3. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.

Gone Bananas:  Spotty bananas that are just a little too mushy to eat?  Use them for this one!  Bananas are great for softening skin while gently toning.  Sugar makes for a great exfoliant while also not being too abrasive.  Mint is a great herb for it’s healing and cooling properties.

  1. Mash up about two bananas.
  2. Add sugar.  It’s up to you the amount you add!  The less you add, it will be creamy.  The more you add, it will be more exfoliating.
  3. Add mint essential oil or a handful of mint leaves and mash together.
  4. Smooth it on your face in circular motions.
  5. Let stand for a few minutes.
  6. Gently remove it with a warm wash cloth.

Papaya and Pumpkin Mask:  I have never made this one and I don’t carry these ingredients in my fridge every week, but, tis the season for all things pumpkin!

  1. Take a 1/2 ripe papaya, 1 cup pumpkin (pureed and mushy), 1 egg white, beaten until frothy, and 1 teaspoon of honey.
  2. Skin and seed the papaya.
  3. Mash the papaya with a fork until soft.
  4. Stir in the rest of the ingredients until mixture is smooth.
  5. Apply it to your face using a circular motions with your fingers.
  6. Rinse it off after 5 minutes.

Pumpkin actually has a lot of amazing skin benefits.  The following is taken from Red Mountain Resort where they do a pumpkin mask for your entire body!

“It is an excellent treatment for all skin types, especially environmentally damaged or sensitive skin. Rich in Vitamin A (skin healing), C (anti-oxidant) and Zinc, the pumpkin soothes, moisturizes and acts as a carrier, assisting the other mask ingredients to absorb deeper into the skin and intensifying the results.

Pumpkin puree has enzymes and antioxidants that offer results similar to gentle alpha-hydroxy action; It removes dead dull cells, while its beta-carotene-rich antioxidants nourish your skin. This will moisturize and nourish your skin, leaving it smooth and glowing.”

So bust out that left over pumpkin from your Jack ‘o laterns or buy up pumpkins at your local grocer after tonight!

I hope these masks can be useful to you tomorrow after all the partying is done tonight 😉  I hope you all have a safe and beautiful Halloween!

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