With Thanksgiving just a few days away, there’s no doubt that we all love to indulge in our favorite foods and enjoy our time off with the ones we love. All of you food lovers out there can agree that one of the greatest perks of this holiday is the overwhelming amount of leftovers in your fridge that will keep you full for weeks to come! Even then, you may still find yourself with more food than you can handle. So what to do with it all? Time to beautify!
Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created some fun & easy DIY recipes that will turn your holiday extras into an at-home spa day for you and your loved ones!
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
To Make: Mix all ingredients together and apply to face. Leave on for 10
minutes then rinse thoroughly. You’ll love the results!
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. You won’t believe the difference!
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.
Banana Cream Pie Mask
With all that leftover pie, why not use it to soften your skin? Fight against dry skin and cold winter air with this cool facial mask.
❑ 1 mashed banana
❑ 3 tbs. heavy cream
❑ 1.5 tbs. dark honey
❑ 1.5 tbs. white flour
To make: Mix all the ingredients and put
into a pretty jar. Apply to face and love the results!