Turn Your Thanksgiving Eats Into Beauty Treats
Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends gather together to munch down on delicious food and enjoy each other’s company. Fast-forward to the day after, when the hostess realizes she is knee deep in leftovers. Here are some ways you can turn those Thanksgiving leftovers into your very own home spa treatments!
Didn’t use the whole pumpkin for the pumpkin pie? No worries, you can take advantage of the healthy stuff in your pumpkin, including Vitamin A and active enzymes, to brighten your complexion and nourish your skin with a natural chemical exfoliation.
Take 1 medium slice of fresh pumpkin and remove the skin.
Cut up into small chunks and puree in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Add 1 egg yolk and 2/3 cup milk. Blend again until egg is well incorporated.
Apply the mixture to cleansed face and neck, keeping away from the eye area. Leave this mask on for 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. For an added benefit, cut 2 slices of raw sweet potato and put them on your eyelids to help smooth out wrinkles while you wait!
Cranberry Lip Balm
If you love the taste of your lip balm as much as you love a hint of colour, this easy homemade lip balm recipe is just for you.
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. (Bowl may also be heated in a pan of water on a stovetop).
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. Throw it in your purse and you have your very own cranberry lip balm!
Green Bean Smoothing Skin Treatment
Want super silky skin? This green bean mixture will make you smooth to the touch.
Grab a handful of fresh green beans and mash 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!
Note: Before applying, test a small amount of the recipe on the inside of your wrist or elbow and leave it on for 30 minutes to check your skin’s sensitivity. And if you have a food allergy to any of the above ingredients, don’t use that recipe. Even though these spa treatments aren’t for eating, it’s better to be safe than sorry.