It's Pumpkin Spice Latte Season! Can't get your PSL fix? Why not try it out as a facial and hair mask? Pumpkin is fantastic at balancing our scalp and skin's oil production. Plus its alpha hydroxy acids gently exfoliate without being abrasive. Combine this with the hydrating powers of honey and soy milk, and a dash of antibacterial cinnamon, and you've got yourself a seriously awesome face + hair mask. This recipe is straight from my eBook, which you can buy right here.
½ cup pumpkin puree
2 tbs honey
1 tsp soy milk
¼ tsp cinnamon
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and transfer into an air-tight jar. Store it in the refrigerator and use within two days.
Ready to use it? Here's how you do it:
Step One: Set aside 1 tbs of the mask for your face.
Step Two: Apply the remainder of the mask to your hair. If you’ve ever used a home hair dye kit, you’ll want to apply this mixture to your hair in the same way. Separate out your hair, then work in the mixture with your hands, working from your scalp out to your ends. When you’ve covered your entire head, spend a little extra time working it into your scalp. Pull your hair back with a hair elastic or claw and cover it with a shower cap. You’re going to leave this on for about 45 minutes.
Step Three: Apply mask to face. After you wash your face with your regular cleanser, use the tablespoon you set aside for your face. Apply in gentle upward strokes, avoiding the eye area. Leave this on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water and follow up with your favorite toner and moisturizer.
Step Four: After 45 minutes, hop in the shower and thoroughly rinse the pumpkin mask out of your hair. Follow up with your normal shampoo and conditioner routine.