5 DIY Face Masks You Can Make From Thanksgiving Leftovers

Homemade face masks using Thanksgiving leftovers

Got a ton of Thanksgiving leftovers from Turkey Day? This year, why not get more creative with them! You can actually turn many Thanksgiving foods into ultra-luxurious face masks that pamper and refresh your skin! Here are five super easy recipes to make:

1. Moisturizing sweet potato ginger mask

Sweet potatoes aren't only delicious, but they're great for your skin, too! Jam-packed with nutrients, this sweet potato mask is both soothing and hydrating. The ginger also encourages circulation, energizing the skin.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 peeled, boiled sweet potato, cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut milk

Directions:

  • Boil the sweet potato until it falls apart easily and strain out the water
  • Place all ingredients in a blender until the consistency is smooth
  • Apply the mask to a freshly washed face
  • Leave the mask on for 15-to-20 minutes
  • Rinse well using warm water

2. Nourishing pear and honey mask

You can wear this yummy pear and honey mask as you're finishing off the last bit of that pear tart you baked for Thanksgiving dessert. Pear acts as a gentle exfoliant and provides the skin with much-needed antioxidants. Honey helps skin retain moisture.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pear, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon yogurt

Directions:

  • Mix ingredients in a bowl using a fork, mashing up the pear
  • Let infuse for an hour
  • Apply the mask to a clean face
  • Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water

3. Brightening cranberry and clay mask

Cranberries are not just a quintessential Thanksgiving food. They're also great for the skin. Cranberries are filled with B vitamins and antioxidants, which means they are a powerful shield against pollutants. The vitamin C found in cranberries brightens dull winter skin, too.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon Rhassoul clay
  • 1 teaspoon Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  • Blend the cranberries using a food processor
  • In a bowl, combine the blended cranberries, clay, yogurt, and honey
  • Mix in water until you reach the desired consistency
  • Apply the mask to a freshly cleansed face
  • Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water

4. Soothing pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg mask

This face mask smells just like pumpkin pie! Pumpkin is filled with antioxidants that hydrate the skin, fight acne, and protect against free radicals. Nutmeg is anti-inflammatory, which reduces pores' appearance, and cinnamon is antiseptic, helping to cleanse pores.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  • Combine pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a bowl
  • Then add the honey and olive oil
  • Blend all the ingredients together
  • Apply the mask to a clean face
  • Leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse with water

5. Rejuvenating spinach and almond oil mask

Have lots of leftover fresh greens from making creamed spinach or your favorite fall salad? Spinach actually makes for a great face mask! It's loaded with vitamins, including vitamins A, C, and K, magnesium, and manganese, all of which unclog pores, heal blemishes, protect against free radicals, and brighten the skin. Honey and almond oil help to seal in moisture.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon almond oil

Directions:

  • Chop and place spinach in a blender
  • Blend spinach until it forms a thick paste
  • Transfer to a bowl and add raw honey and almond oil
  • Mix well and refrigerate for 15 minutes
  • Apply the mask to freshly cleansed skin
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes until it dries
  • Rinse with warm water
References
  1. "Beauty News: Homemade Face Masks using Thanksgiving Leftovers," Real Style Network, n.d.
  2. "DIY Face Mask Recipes," Hello Glow, n.d.

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