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Nourishing Pumpkin and Honey Face Mask

Updated on August 18, 2013
Nourishing Pumpkin and Honey Face Mask
Nourishing Pumpkin and Honey Face Mask | Source

Holding Back The Years ~

Who can resist the promise of soft and glowing skin?

This quick and easy face mask is guaranteed to bring that flush of youth to the face with skinalicious goodness in pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, honey, cinnamon and cream or sour cream depending on your skin type.

This recipe actually utilizes those stringy bits in the center of a pumpkin we often end up chucking out anyway so how useful is that!

From now don't buy the commercial face masks with pumpkin extract listed, make this rewarding fresh mask instead and your skin will thank you back. Super soft, toned, healthy and glowing skin is only a whiz of the blender away! Don't forget to keep those nutritious seeds too.

They are wonderful dried, roasted and eaten or use them zapped in the blender for numerous skin care recipes.

Nutritious Pumpkin

full of vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, antioxidants and minerals.
full of vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, antioxidants and minerals. | Source

Turnip to Pumpkin ~

Being Irish it is ingrained in my very being to have a sense of humor and the gift of the gab.

Since pumpkins are associated worldwide with Halloween, it got me thinking of the great Irish legend Stingy Jack and how Jack O Lantern and pumpkin carving came to be.

This face mask is my nod to the man who roamed between good and evil with a simple carved turnip (later to be the pumpkin when my ancestors hit American shores). Oh how I think he would have a glint in his queer eye at the thought of smearing this mask on his face as a treat not a trick!

Carving Jack Would be Proud of

pumpkin carving is an art in itself
pumpkin carving is an art in itself | Source

Jack's Face?

in need of  face mask or is it one?
in need of face mask or is it one? | Source

Lantern Carving

an ember of light in the darkness
an ember of light in the darkness | Source

The Legend of Jack ~

Stingy Jack was and old Irish drunken reprobate known to be a prankster of the highest order. One dark Halloween night in the local pub he came face to face with devil himself.

Tricking him into taking his soul for one last drink, the devil agreed and turned himself into a sixpence to pay the barman for the liquor.

Jack quickly grabbed the sixpence and placed it next to a cross in his pocket thus preventing the devil from turning back. Jack told the devil he would release him if he promised not to take his soul for 10 years. The devil reluctantly agreed.

10 years later on Halloween night, the devil came a calling to collect. Jack was out walking down a country lane and upon meeting the horned one he said

“Okay but would you pick me one of those apples off the tree first?”

The devil reluctantly agreed and went to pick the apple. Jack immediately started placing crosses all around the base of the tree, trapping the devil once again. Jack asked the devil not to take his soul when he died and seeing no way out the devil had to reluctantly agree.

When Sting Jack eventually passed away some years later, he arrived at the gates of heaven but was denied access because of his life of drinking, being so tight-fisted and for being a deceitful character.

So off Jack trundled to his old adversary the devil himself and see if he would take him into the depths of hell. The devil decided to keep the promise he made jack all those years before and would not allow him in.

“But where will I go?” asked Jack. “Back to where you came from” the devil replied.

So Jack started off down the dark and windy path. He pleaded with the devil to give him some light so as a final gesture the devil tossed Jack a bright ember from the fires of hell itself.

He placed it inside the hollowed out turnip he always carried with him as it was his favorite food. From that day to this, Stingy Jack has been doomed to roam the earth with no resting place with only his carved out turnip guiding him through the darkness.

Pumpkin Portrait

with the huge varieties and pumpkin patches available they make stunning still life "models"
with the huge varieties and pumpkin patches available they make stunning still life "models" | Source

Have you ever used pumpkin or the seeds on the face or hair before?

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Stingy Jack’s Face Mask ~

½ cup pumpkin innards (stringy bits) with 10 seeds

1 tbsp cream (dry skin) or

1tbsp sour cream (oily skin)

1 tsp honey

½ tsp cinnamon

blender or food processor

facecloth

Method:

  • Pop all the ingredients into your blender and mix to a paste consistency.
  • Don’t worry if it is a little chunky it still works a treat.

To Apply:

  • Start with a cleansed skin, free of makeup.
  • Apply to the neck and face (best to be wearing a towel to leave the neck area totally free.
  • Leave your facecloth soaking in warm water.
  • Chill, relax and lie down for 15 minutes and let the magic happen.
  • Pop a few hydrating slices of cucumber on the eyes while you wait. They will do wonders for dry, tired eyes and any dark circles or puffiness under the eyes.
  • Remove using your facecloth gently in upward strokes from the base of the neck.
  • Apply your regular toner or astringent followed by your serum and/or moisturizer.


Food for Thought . . . .

Pumpkin offers far more than pumpkin pie or pumpkin soup. I first fell in love with this fruit (often eaten as a vegetable) in New Zealand as a young 21 year old. It was totally new to me to eat pumpkin having only seen it at Halloween as Lanterns in Ireland. I was offered it prepared by the Maori people and their way of cooking it deep in the earth was out of this world. I was instantly addicted and there was not a week would go by when pumpkin was cooked in my home.

Today, I wish I had taken advantage of the popularity of pumpkin there and used it on my skin but now I do and it is truly superb. Such a cost effective way of using both stringy bits and seeds without the use of chemicals and synthetic ingredients, give it try to you will see what I mean!

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

All Shapes and Sizes

pumpkins may be orange, red, white or green
pumpkins may be orange, red, white or green | Source

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Credit to homesteadbound ~

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      Girish puri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      I agree with you Suzie Pumpkin and honey are two best face nourishing natural gifts and thank you very much for the useful face mask recipe. Voted useful.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      Hi Suzi...Well, it appears that today i am 'hangin' WITH wrinkles..lol..

      i can't bear the thought of putting honey on my skin, it makes me feel claustrophobic! (weird? maybe...)

      As far as pumpkins go - AWESOME carvings!

      Can we do something with the pumpkins without the honey??

      love you girlfriend...

      sharing, as always! have a great sunday!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Here is some food for thought for a future article, and yes, the pun was intended. :)

      What is the history of using foods for beauty supplements? What civilization first thought of these benefits? I mean, at what point in time did women decide it was a good idea to spread pumpkin on their skin?

      That's an article I would be fascinated by as an old history teacher.

      Just sayin'

      I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. Hey to the Mickster.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Stringy pumpkin..now that is different. However you never fail to amaze me with your wonderful beauty solutions. Bill has an interesting idea here..Great as always..The usual ups and pins and all that.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Suzi, this is not only informative and useful, but fascinating. In all my 56 years in this earth I never knew the history (or folklore) behind the carving of pumpkins at Halloween. You do so much more than advise - you inform, too! Do you have a website where we can buy your concoctions already made up?

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi girishpuri,

      Lovely to have you swing by and check this out. Delighted you agree with ingredients. Appreciate you commenting and for the thumbs up!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Leslie,

      Will do my best and i have an idea for my next one by incorporating the seeds into it. I thought you had actually mentioned coffee as a scrub to me before and that's my next one so thanks for the suggestion!Cheers wrinkly from this one! LOL Hope you are enjoying your Sunday

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for that idea. It was an idea I had, believe it or not, great minds think alike! I will see what I can come up oh history buff! If I do will you then try one of my treatments????

      Yep, Sunday went well, just chilling for evening as it is near 8pm. Will pass on your wishes to his lordship!

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      This is a very informative, useful and interesting hub with a wonderful recipe. I also loved to read the story behind Stingy Jack.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Something different to spice things up a bit. Yep with you on Bill's idea so I will see what I can do as love the idea too. Glad you enjoyed this you are such a wonderful supportive friend thanks for all the votes and pinning! Hope your weekend is going well :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Shauna,

      Delighted you enjoyed the Irish connection and mad Stingy Jack! it was an odd thing perhaps in a face mask recipe but then again I do like to be different! LOL

      I wish i had my website up and running but not yet I'm afraid, don't worry you will know when!! My plan would be to make some delicious recipes with some shelf life to sell on it. Appreciate so much your enthusiasm for it! Makes me want to get it up NOW.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      So good to have you join me here and glad you enjoyed a bit of Irish mythology! Glad you enjoyed the recipe too!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Love pumpkins. They are such versatile "critters". I often think of them in terms of characters that are lined up for us to enjoy in the fall. Fall is better off for pumpkins, and you have added a whole new "line" for the use of them!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Suzie,

      I love pumpkin, and this sounds fantastic! I also really enjoyed the Jack story. I have heard short versions of it, but never the whole story, it seems. Fascinating!

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and I look forward to trying it.

      Have a great remainder of the weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Ah- I have never heard of this! I love these little tid bits you share- very awesome!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rebecca,

      So good of you to swing by and glad you enjoyed a new twist on pumpkins for fall. When you see pumpkins in vast numbers they do look like a little army of characters!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      I know you are a pumpkin fan so hopefully you will give this try later on! I do love the story of Jack, quite the Irish rogue so popped it in for something a bit different! Delighted you enjoyed and appreciate your support in visiting and commenting!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Many thanks for your lovely comment, so nice of you. Hopefully you will give it a try when you are wondering what to do with the stringy bits!!

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Great story! You always amaze me with your beauty recipes. I love eating pumpkin but I have not used it as a mask. Good to know about that. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and pinned for later use.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      Do give it go when you have the chance, thanks a million for commenting and spreading the word! You are such a great support!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Pumpkin and honey, YUM! Well done as always. I learn so much from your articles.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      I know it sounds tasty enough to eat but also a real treat for the skin! Appreciate your interest as always!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Sounds great and thank you for sharing Suzie.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks so much Eddy, glad you are a fan of pumpkin!

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