From turkey enchiladas, to mashed potato fritters, we’re always looking for ways to put our holiday leftovers to good use. But what if we stopped shoveling it in and started shoveling it on? Why not nurture your dry, winter skin with seasonal eats? And don’t worry, we’re not talking a gravy mask or mashed potato soak, these spa treatments are so indulgent you’ll forget their former glory entirely.
If you want to glow even when it’s gray outside, antioxidant-laden foods are a must. Remove yourself from the rush of the holiday season and plan a DIY spa day with foods leftover from a holiday of indulgent eats. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the New Year.
1. Pumpkin Enzyme Masque
You made way too much pumpkin purée for that joyous pumpkin pie, homemade pumpkin pasta, or creamy pumpkin bisque but don’t fret because it’s the main ingredient to this relaxing Pumpkin Enzyme Masque. Also, pumpkin helps fight the dry winter air with Vitamins A and C, as well as zinc and beneficial alpha-hydroxy acids. I would go with homemade pumpkin purée so that you know that your purée didn’t lose any essential enzymes during the canning process.
Pumpkin Enzyme Masque
¼ cup pumpkin purée
1 tbsp plain yogurt
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
3 tsp honey
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Combine all the ingredients together in a blender or with a wooden spoon. Apply a thick layer all over your face, being careful to avoid the eyes and mouth. Keep it on your face for about 10 minutes and then gently remove with a wash cloth and warm soapy water.
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2. Homemade Cranberry Lip Gloss
Put aside some fresh cranberries from this year’s cranberry sauce or cranberry salsa and make this antioxidant-rich lip gloss. Cranberries add a hint of holiday color and they moisturize your lips all the way down to the cellular level. You’ll be licking your lips all holiday long.
Homemade Cranberry Lip Gloss
1 tbsp almond oil
1 tsp plain yogurt
1 tsp honey
1 tsp petroleum jelly
10 fresh cranberries
1. Heat in a water bath until the mixture begins to boil.
2. Stir gently to mash berries and let sit for five minutes.
3. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve.
Recipe: Cosmetic Diary
3. DIY Pomegranate Body Scrub
I love dropping pomegranate seeds into the bottom of champagne flutes, adding them to simple salads, or seasonal salsas. Pomegranate seeds are most certainly the jewels of the season and not just because they’re beautiful. The rough seeds and potent dose of antioxidants are also good for exfoliating dry winter skin and bringing smooth, younger looking skin to the surface. Start with an oil base, add raw sugar, and honey for added exfoliation and moisture. Add fragrance with orange peel and of course, a good dose of pomegranate seeds.
Pomegranate Body Scrub
2 tbsp avocado oil
2 tbsp raw sugar
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp orange peel
1 tbsp pomegranate seeds
Combine mixture completely. Apply to your skin with a wash cloth or loofah. Gently scrub your face and then rinse with warm water.
Related: 5 Homemade Sugar Scrubs
4. Cinnamon and Nutmeg Acne Mask
Nutmeg has anti-inflammatory qualities so it helps to calm flare-ups as well as reduce redness of acne scars. Cinnamon is a natural exfoliant as well and it’s also known for its antiseptic qualities. Combined with moisturizing honey, it serves to calm your screaming skin.
Cinnamon and Nutmeg Acne Masque
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp honey
Combine into a thick paste. Apply to your face for half an hour and then rinse off with warm water. Moisturize as per usual afterwards.
Recipe: Viva Women
5. DIY Pumpkin Foot Scrub
Sheila wrote about this pumpkin foot scrub which is a welcomed treat during the winter when our feet are often abused. Stuffed into confining boots, dried out, and lacking a pedicure, we often neglect our poor feet when it’s cold outside. After many months of neglect, my feet sure looked scary, but this pumpkin foot scrub soothed them down to the core.
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6. Potato Under Eye Soothers
Got a few leftover potato slices from those tasty mashed potatoes? Similar to cucumbers, you can soothe dark, under-eye circles, by wrapping a slice of potato in a sterilized gauze or a thin cloth and placing it on dark circles for a few minutes a day.
7. Mulled-Cider Sachets
Aromatherapy is helpful for stress reduction, which is critical to looking fresh, even when it seems you don’t have a moment to yourself. You could give these mulled cider sachets away as gifts like Real Simple suggests, or you could indulge in some serious scent treatment yourself before hitting the road to grandma’s house. Pack them in your bag, underneath your pillow, or just keep them nearby for instant calm.
By Sara Novak, Planet Green