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Pumpkin Fig Face Mask

Pumpkin Fig Face Mask

If you’re using fresh pumpkin for cooking and baking–or even if you’re using canned pumpkin–save a bit for some DIY beauty tricks. Full of vitamins and exfoliating enzymes, pumpkin and figs are great for your face. If you have leftovers, it also works beautifully for a hand mask.

4 tablespoon pumpkin puree
2 figs
1 teaspoon green tea
4 teaspoons cornmeal
2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon jojoba oil

1. In blender, puree figs with green tea and place 2 tablespoons worth of puree in medium-sized mixing bowl. Mix in pumpkin and aloe. Stir in jojoba oil and cornmeal.

2. Apply small amount of pumpkin mask to face, avoiding the eye area. Gently massage in circular motions gently buffing skin. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with tepid water and pat dry with soft towel.

3. Store remaining mask covered in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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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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7:56PM PDT on Sep 22, 2012


11:15AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Great idea. thanks.

7:02AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

12:56PM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thank you

2:34PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011


4:36AM PST on Feb 17, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:36AM PST on Jan 16, 2011

Thanks for the info.

11:55AM PDT on Nov 2, 2010

Kitchen Cosmetics- got to love it!

12:54AM PDT on Jun 24, 2010

sounds great

12:36PM PST on Jan 3, 2010

Tomorrow I must get the ingredients and try this!

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