Skin Talk: Thanksgiving DIY Recipes

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoying family and good food!

Once the holiday festivities have died down, you might find that your left-overs are good for more than just brown-bag lunches. Here are some DIY recipes by Erika Katz that you can make with simple ingredients around the house and from your Thanksgiving dinner.

Pumpkin Facial Mask

    This recipe is full of exfoliating enzymes that will brighten your skin, giving you a healthy, refreshed glow. Pumpkin is also rich in vitamin A, which can help heal skin and repair damaged tissue. The antioxidant properties of the vitamin A will also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • 2 tsp canned pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp heavy
  • whipping cream
    To Make: Mix all ingredients together and apply to face. Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse thoroughly.

Clementine Hand Scrub

    Skin often gets dry and brittle from the cold winter so I make a gentle orange hand scrub. Oranges are rich in vitamin C and Alpha Hydroxy acids and help to remove the dead skin. The honey and olive oil help moisturize the skin. The baking soda acts as a gentle exfoliant.

  • 1 tbs clementine juice
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs olive oil
    To Make: Mix together all ingredients and then gently wash your hands with the scrub.

Cranberry Mask

    Cranberry juice helps detoxify the skin and is particularly useful for those who are acne-prone or suffer from psoriasis or have oily skin. In addition cranberries help reduce skin inflammation, redness, and itchy, irritated skin.

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes
  • 2 teaspoons grapefruit juice
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
    To Make: Mix ingredients until it becomes a paste. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes to let the mixture thicken. Remove from the fridge and let sit for about 10 minutes.


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