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Beauty Treatments with Thanksgiving Leftovers

Updated on August 20, 2014

When You're Done Eating Thanksgiving Dinner...Put It On Your Face!

Start a new tradition! After you eat all day Thursday, shop all day Friday and Saturday, let Sunday become your Thanksgiving spa day! Pumpkins, cranberries, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans and even turkey fat can be used as natural, inexpensive beauty treatments. Here I share a few recipes with you to get you on your way.

Most of these recipes are fabulous for you, easy to make and save you money. The turkey fat recipe....well, I think I'll let you try it and report back to me on that one!


We Won!

LOTD and $1000....Thank you, Squidoo!

Doing the happy dance with pie on my face : )


Pumpkin Facials - Rejuvenating, clarifying, exfoliating

High in Vitamin A (that's what's in betacarotene that gives pumpkin their orange color), a pumpkin facial exfoliates and rejuvenates your skin, exactly what you need after a long weekend of cooking and shopping!

Since leftover pumpkin pie is rarely a problem, you can make your facial from leftover fresh pumpkin or from an extra can of pumpkin pie filling.

Pumpkin Facial with Fresh Pumpkin

Take 1 medium slice of fresh pumpkin with skin removed.

Cut into small chunks and puree until smooth in a blender or food processor.

Add 1 egg yolk and 2/3 cup milk. Blend again until egg is well incorporated.

Apply the mixture to a clean face and neck, keeping away from the eye area. Leave this mask on for 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

Pumpkin Facial with Canned Pumpkin

For overly oily skin, mix canned pumpkin with enough lemon juice to make a nice paste that will spread smoothly on your skin.

For dry skin, mix canned pumpkin with enough milk to make a nice paste that will spread smoothly on your skin.

Apply the mixture to a clean face and neck, keeping away from the eye area. Leave this mask on for 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

Not Into Making It Yourself? - Get great products with pumpkin already in them

If you're more into indulging than saving penny's, splurge on a great facial and forget do-it-yourself!

Pumpkin Facial Mask 2 ounces (All Skin Types)
Pumpkin Facial Mask 2 ounces (All Skin Types)
What it is:A detoxifying peel for the face and neck.What it is formulated to do:Utilizing pumpkin enzymes to easily and gently dissolve dead surface skin cells, this deep exfoliator stimulates cellular turnover, to reveal radiant skin that is supple and naturally hydrated. Age-fighting anti-oxidants and vitamin A help protect, nourish, and repair skin. Plus it has a delicious, irresistible pumpkin scent.


Cranberry Lip Gloss and Facial Scrub - Rejuvenating and Heals Skin Breakouts

Cranberries contain a power house of healing properties. They have rejuvenating and skin-peeling effects. Cranberries help to kill bacteria so are useful for treating blemishes and breakouts. They are a rich source of flavonoids, polyphenols, vitamin C and natural fruit acids. They have various antimicrobial effects, and have been used historically in folk medicine to help improve eczema and other skin rashes and disorders."

It's best to use fresh cranberries for the following recipes, however, there's a great use for left over cranberry sauce...a delicious cranberry drink to sip while enjoying your spa treatments!

Cranberry Drink


1 Tablespoon of Cranberry Sauce

2 Tablespoons of Cranberry Cocktail (use the frozen blend found in the cans in the freezer section)

Sparkling White Wine, or Sparkling White Grape Juice chilled


Put in the Cranberry Sauce first, then the Cranberry Cocktail, then either the alcohol or the juice. Mix thoroughly before serving. Serves 4.

Cranberry Lip Gloss

Provides flavor and a hint of color.

Mix 10 fresh cranberries, 1 tbsp of sweet almond oil, 1 tsp of honey and 1 drop of vitamin E oil together in a microwave-safe bowl.

Microwave for a couple of minutes or until the mixture just begins to boil.

Stir well and gently crush the berries. Cool mixture for five minutes and then strain through a fine sieve to remove all the fruit pieces. Stir again and set aside to cool completely.

When cool, transfer into a small portable plastic container or tin. Ta da! Your very own lip balm...your lips will thank you!

Cranberry Facial Scrub

Blend 1/2 cup raw or frozen cranberries, 1 teaspoon almond oil, 2 teaspoons raw sugar, 4-5 drops orange essential oil and 1 tablespoon oatmeal.

Gently press onto a clean face and neck, using your fingers to roll the product on the skin instead of scrubbing the skin.

Rinse with luke warm water and moisturize.

Note: Get good quality orange essential oil at a health food store (or below). Orange is known for its ability to lift your spirits. Almond oil is also available at health food stores.

Essential Oils

Always get a good brand of essential oil, not a cheap perfume.

Indulge Yourself!

Go ahead and're worth it!

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Facial and Eye Rejuvenator - Vitamin A, Moisturizing, Clarifying

Like pumpkin, sweet potatoes are full of Vitamin A and antioxidants. They are excellent for deeply nourishing and moisturizing the skin. Many facial topical treatments include ingredients that are derived from vitamin A, which aides in production of new skin cells helping to keep our skin soft, smooth and resilient.

If you are cooking sweet potatoes and adding a lot of ingredients for your Thanksgiving dinner (such as marshmallows), consider setting aside a couple of cups for this facial.

Sweet Potato Facial


2 ounces cooked mashed sweet potatoes

1 tbs oats (oatmeal)

1 tbs raw sugar

1/2 tsp olive or almond oil (or any oil you have on hand)

pinch of nutmeg


Mix all of the ingredients together to form a thick like consistency. Adjust the ingredients if needed, add more oats to make it thicker or add more liquid (water or milk) to thin it out. Apply this mixture to face and neck, leave on for about 5-8 minutes. Use warm wash cloths to gently remove the bulk of the paste, then rinse with warm water, and gently pat skin dry.

Eye Rejuvenator

Take two thin slices of sweet potato and place over the eyes. Leave on for 20 minutes. (You can do this with any of the facials listed here). Helps restore the eyes and make them shiny!

Are You Smiling Now?

You deserve a treat after that long weekend of taking care of everyone else. If you don't want to follow one more recipe, splurge and let someone else do it for you.

Eminence Masque Skin Care, Cranberry Pomegranate, 2 Ounce
Eminence Masque Skin Care, Cranberry Pomegranate, 2 Ounce
Jurlique is a company that supports biodynamic farming. Their products are fabulous and you can FEEL the difference. Product highlights are: *This masque is an antioxidant and vitamin-rich masque created to revitalize skin structure and increase collagen production *A multitude of nutrients, minerals and flavonoids are infused into the skin and work to fight against free radical damage and the signs of aging, creating a glowing complexion *Leaves skin feeling nourished, protected, and renewed

Green Beans

Green Beans Skin Treatment - Soothes, Softens

Want super silky skin? This green bean mixture will make you smooth to the touch. Feel free to put it on your elbows, feet, heels, hands. The yogurt is calming to irritated skin. As with all of these recipes, try a little bit on the inside crease of your elbow before applying to larger areas.

Before using your left over green beans, wash in hot water (if they contain butter). Pick out the onions, but if you have added almonds...leave them in!

Green Bean Skin Treatment

Grab a handful of cooked or fresh green beans and mash/blend them up.

Add a bit of plain yogurt and mix together until it becomes a lotion.

Massage this green mixture into your skin and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. You will notice smoother skin almost instantly!


Potato Eye Restorer and Foot Soak - Smoothes and Releases Inflammation

Potatoes help release inflammation that shows up in the eyes and feet (such as swollen feet from too much standing in the kitchen or shopping). It also helps heal cracked heels. The cooked potatoes retains heat longer than just a normal foot soak. May I dare suggest listening to the Monster Mash while soaking?

Eye Restorer

Slice two thin slices of potatoes and place over the eyes to reduce puffiness (associated with overeating and overshopping!) Can be done with any other facial.

Foot Soak

Try your leftover mashed potatoes, thinned down with warm water as a foot soak. Or use dehydrated potatoes and mix according to directions, then add extra warm water to thin down. Soak feet for 20 minutes.

Bonus: This same concept can be used with Oatmeal. Oatmeal will soothe and deeply restore dry, cracked and painful feet.

Enough Penny Pinching! - Buy your products!

Just give me some great products to sooth my weary feet!

Peppermint By Upper Canada Peppermint Foot Therapy Relaxing Foot Salts Soak, 12-Ounce Jars (Pack of 2)
Peppermint By Upper Canada Peppermint Foot Therapy Relaxing Foot Salts Soak, 12-Ounce Jars (Pack of 2)
Naturally softens, soothes and deodorizes feet. And best of all..gets rid of aching from too much holiday shopping!


Turkey Fat Moisturizer - Ummm, not sure what to say with this one!

While doing my research on this topic, I came across the following use of turkey fat. I'll bet the pilgrim ladies did this, but not sure I could handle the smell. I'm willing for you to try it, though! I've added a place for you to leave your comments about it.

Turkey Moisturizer

Elena Shell, a New York based facialist says:

"Take the fat trimmed from a turkey, heat it in the microwave, and use the oil that seeps out of it as an alternative to face cream.

It's good for very dry skin. If you're having Thanksgiving up in a mountain somewhere and forgot all of your beauty products, you can use this for a few days.

Mixing that same fat with sweet potatoes and applying it as a mask also makes for an amazing, nutritive facial, because the fat moisturizes while the veggies provide vitamins."

What's Your Preference For Beauty Treatments? - Buy beauty treatments or make them yourself

Making it yourself takes time, a precious commodity that many of us don't have enough of. But making it yourself saves money and resources. So chime this the year to make it yourself or to help the economy?

Do it yourself or buy ready made?

Create A Spa Atmosphere

Create a spa mood - You can spa in the privacy of your own home

Don't just slather on a facial and sit in front of the TV. Get away by yourself, draw a bath, listen to some relaxing music and release all the holiday tension.

Hugo Naturals Body Scrub, French Lavender and Dead Sea Salt, 18.5-Ounce Jar
Hugo Naturals Body Scrub, French Lavender and Dead Sea Salt, 18.5-Ounce Jar
Historically, Lavender and Dead Sea Salts have been used because of their soothing and relaxing properties. This foaming-relaxing bath also contains moisturizing and conditioning ingredients that are beneficial in maintaining optimal skin condition.

Set The Mood with Candles - That little flame does so much

Get soy or beeswax instead of paraffin (toxic fumes).

My Favorite Mood Music - Soothe your ears

Paul Baker's harp music takes you into a different realm.

Add your own favorite, home-made beauty treatment, or just leave a comment. We like comments! And if you dared try the turkey fat, please let us know how that worked (did your cats or dogs find you irresistible?)


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