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Honey Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask for Gorgeous Skin

Honey Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask for Gorgeous Skin

According to the National Honey Board–as well as beauties throughout the ages–honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture, helping to prevent dry skin and dull, lifeless hair. In addition to drawing moisture into the skin, honey is also an antiseptic, which means it inhibits the growth of bacteria, making honey a good choice for all skin types.

In honor of National Honey Month, here are some of our favorite beauty secrets using that sweet gooey loveliness known as honey.

Honey Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask
(Adapted from the National Honey Board)

1 teaspoon green tea, brewed
2 teaspoon pineapple, papaya or figs, diced
4 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil
4 teaspoons cornmeal

1. Steep green tea in boiling water. Set aside to cool.

2. In blender or food processor, puree pineapple and place in medium-sized mixing bowl. Add pumpkin, honey and aloe. Mix well.

3. Stir in jojoba oil, green tea and cornmeal.

4. Reserve remaining green tea for another use. Apply small amount of pumpkin mask to cheeks, forehead, chin and neck. Massage in circular motions gently buffing skin. Repeat. Apply more product as needed. Leave a thin layer of pumpkin mask on face and neck for 15-20 minutes.

5. Rinse with tepid or cool water and pat dry with soft towel. Follow with appropriate moisturizer.

6. Store remaining mask covered in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

From the Care2 archives of honey formulas:
Honey Face Massage
Honey and Coconut Oil Body Wrap
Honey Cornmeal Hand Softener
Honey Cream Bath

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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2:56AM PDT on May 15, 2013

Thank you :)

12:41PM PDT on May 5, 2013

Yum! Thank you.

7:03AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Thanks

3:37AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

This sounds like an excellent mask!!! Thanks

4:00AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Nice idea.Thanks for sharing

9:43AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

great idea

5:39AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

This sounds great , A must try thanks for sharing .

4:44AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

Thanks

8:23AM PDT on May 26, 2012

Thanks

3:16AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Sounds great. Thanks for posting.

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