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Don’t add it to your Waist, Put it on your Face…!

December 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Sense & 'Cents'ibility

If you are like me Pumpkin Pie isn’t your thing (the texture is too much like soap). To be honest – I’m not really into sweets – well ok! chocolate but I also prefer pumpkin as a savory rather than a sweet…  Whether you like to eat it or not … here is something you can do with the holiday leftovers that wont add to your waistline!

Jack O Latern or Facesaving tips

Jack O Latern or Facesaving tips

Be sure to test the recipe on your wrist before applying them to the sensitive skin on your face and check the list of of ingredients first incase you are allergic to any in which case don’t try it!


1/4 cup   raw pumpkin pulp (grate or mash),

1 egg white,

1 teaspoon lemon juice,

1 teaspoon tomato juice, (or 1/2 teaspoon tomato puree).

Combine using a handheld blender or masher until creamy.

Smooth onto your face be sure to avoid your eyes – lemon and tomato juice sting! (you can always put old teabags or cucumber slices on your eyes to add to the spa treatment).  Lie back (this is not a mixture you can wear and keep working – not unless you want your house to look like something out of Animal House ~ Food Fight!)  and relax for 10 + minutes and allow nature to do her work!  Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, pat dry and glow!

Pumpkin is rich in zinc which can help purify oily and blemished complexion.

The natural enzymes in Pumpkin, lemon and tomato juice  gently exfoliate your skin without any harsh abrasive particles

As a further caveat DO NOT try this if you have recently been skiing and your skin is windburned or sensitive! Try the oatmeal mask instead- don’t want you feeling like you’ve  been put through a grater, while the fruit acids/enzymes are gentle there is no glamor or fun in looking peeled!

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19 Responses to “Don’t add it to your Waist, Put it on your Face…!”
  1. Sounds incredible….although I think my dog might lick my face off, she’s such a food hound!! I’m with you though – chocolate is my favorite!! Other than that, not much of a sweets person.

    Sharon Hiebing
    Follow Your Dream Compass

  2. Laine D. says:

    Hi Sharon,
    Goodness you’re quick – I just decided to change the photo…
    Meanwhile got to use all of those leftovers! Actually the good part about this recipe is you can actually use the left overs from the Jack O’Lantern (scrape out the mealy parts that dried out and before your throw it out use a melon baller to extract enough to make a face mask or several!)

    My dogs are great for that too… although my big guy doesn’t always wait for something to be declared a leftover – he took my new artisan loaf off the counter before I even got a slice :( – he obviously though he had a stronger claim!

    Let me know how it works for you
    Laine D.
    “Aspire to Inspire”
    Thoughts from A Broad

  3. Interesting…it’s amazing what we can whip up in our kitchen. I think I saw a book years ago that had home remedy replacements for most of our beauty and cleaning supplies! As a lazy and guerilla cook myself…not sure that I would take the time to even cut open a pumpkin, but now that I know the benefits, I’ll keep an eye out for “pumpkin products” :-) Thanks for sharing!
    Brandy Mychals
    Split Second Perceptions

  4. Thanks for the beauty tip. I didn’t know that pumpkin was good for your skin.

    Julia M Lindsey
    Our Little Books

  5. Laine D. says:

    I definitely know what you mean, I became an expert on natural tips while stationed overseas and took them more seriously after a couple of allergic reactions to more aggressive chemicals (hair mouse and I don’t ‘gel’ ) and most moisturizers sting like crazy post windburn or skiing.

    & of course there are always they days when you want to pamper or fix something without the materials …or funds!
    That’s when home remedies kick in.

    Love your blog
    Laine D
    Thoughts from A Broad

  6. Can’t wait to try it. I just had a facial so maybe I’ll wait till I get back from the cruise. During my facial they used papaya and pineapple enzymes to ‘eat up’ the dead skin…ewwwww. Love the natural remedies.

    Darcie Newton
    Empowering Women to Use Real Estate to Retire

  7. Wow, this is great Laine! Thanks for the terrific idea. I’m assuming you’ve tried this with good results?
    I must admit, that I still love eating the pumpkin pie! :)

    (Atticus agrees with Sharon that he’s like to lick it off!)

  8. Laine D. says:

    Lots of antioxidants (fighting free radicals), nutrients i(boosting) and fruit acids (for exfoliating) as well as vitamins including zinc. Our skin is our largest organ so you can take in the immune boosting properties this way too and zinc is good for fighting colds.

    Keep healthy
    Laine D
    Thoughts from A Broad

  9. Laine D. says:

    Lucky you Darcie – getting even more beautiful for your cruise.

    Pumpkin is like Papaya and Pineapple and using the natural fruit acids (enzymes) and the natural fiber’s exfoliant qualities. This make a great party for you to do with your girls at home when you get back! An inexpensive treat 😀

    Have a great time

    Laine D

  10. Laine D. says:

    I’m working on my glow Heidi!
    Got to look good in time for my sister coming to visit ~ she’s the tanned goddess type! and you’d have to hate her if she wasn’t very bright and funny too.

    I’ll leave eating pumpkin to you though – I didn’t ask Xander if he wanted to lick it but he did eat my ‘special’ Asiago Artisan bread so he was full :(

    “Aspire to Inspire”

  11. Crikey I think Ozzie and Roxy would be all over me if I started doing things like this. I am luckily blessed with my mothers good skin and don’t ever do treatments. Good job as I don’t really even like the smell of pumpkin. Sounds nice for those that do though.
    Louise Edington
    Facing Fears and Frontiers Over Fifty

  12. Wow – never thought of anything like this! I do like plain pumpkin–organic, canned, no sweetener–so maybe I could transform some of that into a facial treatment. (Really, I’m very sensitive, so I don’t usually try these weird things, but I love the all natural approach.)

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer

  13. Sue Paananen says:

    I had no idea! Personally, I love pumpkin anything, pumpkin pie, cookies, soup, hotdish, ice cream – you name it, even as just, well, a vegetable. I’ll have to try it on my face sometime, though, instead of in my mouth. Thanks for the tip!

  14. Laine D. says:

    I have red head skin too Louise – this is meant to revive and clear off the debris of old skin cells. I’m with you on the smell though.

    Xander wasn’t at all sure about me in a mask but as soon as he realized it was food…. You can also add oatmeal, and put it on your feet to soften and rejuvenate (make sure to put your feet on a towel or paper) and I will admit to letting him lick that off (he has the softest tongue).

    Let your girls try it as a ‘beauty’ sleepover party – helps with breakouts too.

    Laine D
    Aspire to Inspire

  15. Laine D. says:

    Its actually much more gentle (no irritants, artificial chemicals and lower concentrations of fruit acid/enzymes) than over the counter products but to be safe try it behind your ear or on your wrist first. Or you can try it on one hand – put a plastic glove over it and compare.

    Let me know how it works.
    Laine D

  16. Laine D. says:

    I personally like the savory pumpkin dishes, soup, veg etc but as desert – yuk! I’m with you on the chocolate though and the advantage here is you get to pamper yourself and its most of the good and none of the calories! (which I’ll take)

    Now I’m hungry
    😀 Laine D
    Aspire to Inspire

  17. inka says:

    I’m very much in favor of putting something on my face instead of adding it to my waist. Is the tomatoe juice a must though???


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