how to pumpkin mask

I’ve had this pumpkin mask in my arsenal for awhile, so I’m excited to finally whip it out for you. Whip it out! Get it?  Because you whip the pum…..

Never mind.

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pumpkin facial

Pumpkin probably isn’t at the top of your list when you think about ingredients for facials, but it should be.  This pumpkin mask facial is amazing for your skin, and this time of year you probably have a lot of pumpkin around the house anyway.

Pumpkin is filled to the brim with vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, zinc, beta carotene, antioxidants and potassium.  It naturally exfoliates, soothes irritation + redness, calms breakouts and makes the skin more bright.

pumpkin mask

The other amazing thing about a pumpkin mask {like you needed something else to love}?  It only takes 4 ingredients.

Basically, you’re 4 ingredients away from a spa in your kitchen.

Ingredients for a home made pumpkin mask:

  1. 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. 1 tablespoon milk
face mask

Whip it all up {see the hilarious reference above} in a bowl until it looks like this:

pumpkin facial

Apply a layer of the mask all over your face, avoiding eyes + mouth.  The pumpkin mask goes on so much better if you apply with an art brush, but you could use a spoon in a pinch.  I warmed the mix up for a few seconds in the microwave so it wouldn’t be freezing on the face, but the temperature is really up to you.

pumpkin face mask

Precocious agreed to be my test monkey for this facial; this is good because it’s tricky taking pictures of yourself while applying a mask.


Charming also wanted to play spa.  This is what happens when you hang out with a mom and a sister all day long; you end up with painted nails and experiment with face masks.

He’s pretty secure in his manhood boyhood, so it’s okay.

face mask

Let the mask dry completely, until it looks like this: completely dry and crackly.  Or about 20 minutes.  Wash with warm water and you’re done.

Wasn’t that easy?  So little investment for such huge benefits to your skin.

Voila! Like magic you’ll have more beautiful skin.

{note: this recipe made enough to give facials to the entire family and half the neighborhood – we kept it in the fridge so we could do facials once a week.  you can absolutely halve the recipe if you’re doing this for a party of one}





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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Alexa @ A Life in Drive :

    I’m going to have to try this! Maybe Thursday night while the fiancé is away at class. Thank you!!! It’s right up my alley, because I’m on a pumpkin kick right now too. Posted about a delicious snack or dessert with pumpkin, yogurt, cinnamon, and maybe a little molasses if you want to get fancy!

    • Allison :

      Alexa, do it! Let me know what you think. I love it.

  2. Maria :


    • Allison :

      I agree!

  3. Marie :

    Okay, just when I didn’t think pumpkin could be in more awesome places!! I want to try this!! Might do it with all my sisters at Thanksgiving!!

    • Allison :

      Oh, I think your sisters would love this. Especially the part where you’re all orange.

  4. Beth :

    My daughter and I did this tonight. It was a lot of fun and my skin feels so smooth!

    • Allison :

      Beth, I’m so glad you liked it. Isn’t it amazing?

  5. Anna :

    This looks great! I am sure it’s great for skin, and looks funny to make. Thanks!
    Will continue to read your lovely articles.
    Need something for acne. :-)))

  6. Laura Daeger :

    I just stumbled upon your site today and I was going to comment on your older article, “how to pore strips”, but alas, it was closed. I was going to mention that non-toxic wood glue makes for a VERY good homemade pore strip.

    • Allison :

      Laura, yeah I got a lot of weird comments on that one so I shut it down. But yes, I know about glue and I love that! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.