When carving your Jack-o-Lantern this Halloween, don’t toss away Jack’s internal organs! Pumpkin guts can be put to use on your face and the seeds make a delicious heart, healthy snack! A pumpkin face mask will help cleanse your skin of any make-up you may apply with your costume.
Pumpkin pulp is the base of our homemade face cleanser, paired with apple cider vinegar and honey. After gutting your pumpkin, set aside the pulp to be whisked with 1-2 tablespoons of honey and 1 cup of raw apple cider vinegar. In addition to spicing up our coffee drinks and pumping our pies full of autumn flavor, the pumpkin squash is loaded with zinc, antioxidants and vitamins that are not only superb for your heart but when applied to our skin, the pumpkin can protect us from age spots and the development of wrinkles. Honey is a natural emollient and lock in moisture it also helps in preventing breakouts with all of those antioxidants while ACV simultaneously absorbs excess oil and breaks up dirt and makeup!
Don’t forget those seeds! Picking out the pumpkin seeds is like picking sea shells from a kelp forest. Once you’ve compiled a bowl full of slimy savories, wash them in hot water and set them to dry (or pat gently with a towel).
Mix together 3 spoonfuls of vanilla extract (add more if you prefer super sweetness), carefully dusted with cinnamon and fresh oregano. Spread the seeds across an oven pan or cookie tray and let them simmer for 30 minutes at 370 degrees, or until golden brown. Let the warming scent of vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin drape over the kitchen in the morning, or rock you to sleep right before bed. Pumpkin seeds are warriors for our bodies, equipped with tons of protein, magnesium and plant-power known as phytosterols which are heart-healthy molecules related to your cholesterol.
A pretty face glows bright at night, but it’s what’s inside that matters most!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! - JOEY