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Pumpkin Face Mask for Dry Skin Recipe

This pumpkin moisturizing face mask for dry sky is the perfect way to refresh dry fall or winter skin!

Whenever you’re cooking up a pumpkin pie, or other pumpkin treat, sneak a few spoonfuls out of the can to make yourself this easy DIY face mask! It gently cleans your face and refreshes it to reveal fresh, revitalized skin.

pumpkin face mask for dry skin

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Pumpkin face mask benefits

Let’s take a look at the ingredients in this face mask so you know what benefits they bring and what/if any substitutions may be right for you!

Pumpkin’s benefits for skin

Pumpkin, like all brightly colored vegetables, is full of vitamins and minerals. It is loaded with B vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, B6,  and folate. Its distinctive orange color comes from beta carotene, and pumpkin also has lots of Vitamins C and A. 

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and beta carotene is incredibly beneficial for your skin. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production and beta carotene may help protect your skin from UV damage. 

To receive even more benefits from pumpkin, try eating more of it in non-pie recipes like this pumpkin penne pasta, healthy pumpkin fruit dip, or vegetarian pumpkin lentil curry!

Cosmetic clay

There are several types of clay used for DIY beauty products. They have different benefits and uses, so pick the one that makes the most sense for you and your skin type!

Kaolin clay is the most gentle cosmetic clay and it’s the best choice for people with dry and/or sensitive skin. Kaolin is typically the easiest cosmetic clay to find. If you have a local natural grocery store, you may be able to buy it from the bulk spice section. If you want to make your own natural skincare products, then go ahead and get yourself a bag of kaolin because it’s affordable and great to have on hand!

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Rose clay is commonly considered a type of kaolin clay, which means it’s also a good choice for dry skin.

Bentonite clay and French green clay are good choice for normal/combination skin. French green clay is a bit more ‘powerful’ than kaolin clay, so you might want to avoid it if you have especially sensitive skin.

Rhassoul clay (also called Ghassoul clay) can be more difficult to find and a little more expensive, but it’s great stuff. Rhassoul clay is a great choice for people who have been left too dry feeling after other clay facial masks.

Rhassoul clay has a high mineral content, including magnesium and silica (which helps your body produce collagen) and comes from Morocco. It is known for providing gentle exfoliation while soothing and hydrating skin and reducing dryness/flakiness. Many people use Rhassoul clay for their hair and scalp, too. 

Not sure what clay you need? Try getting a multipack with different types to experiment with!

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Oils for dry skin

I added a drop of oil to my face mask. You can use your favorite oil, or even olive oils. You can also omit the oil if you don’t have anything on hand. If you don’t have a dropper or a clean pipette, just pour in the tiniest quantity you can.

Some of the best oils for dry skin are:

  • Jojoba oil
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Apricot kernel oil

Essential oils for dry skin

I also added a single drop of essential oil. This isn’t mandatory, but makes your mask smells great and can offer additional benefits for your skin!

Not all essential oils are suitable for delicate facial skin. Make sure to pick an oil that is beneficial and safe for dry facial skin.

  • Chamomile is a classic calming and soothing herb. The essential oil is perfect for dry, sensitive skin.
  • Geranium is another great balancing essential oil that can help sooth irritated, dry skin. It smells kind of like roses, so most people like its scent.
  • Ylang yang is another calming, soothing essential oil that can work well in this face mask.
  • Rose is a traditional oil for soothing dry or inflamed skin. 
  • Frankensense. Frankincense is my favorite essential oil for skin and what I personally used. 

Avoid using drying oils like lemongrass, tea tree, and cinnamon if you have dry skin.

lavender and frankincense essential oils

How to make a pumpkin & clay face mask 

Pumpkin face mask ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons cosmetic clay
  • 2-4 teaspoons pumpkin puree (I used canned organic, you can use fresh or canned)
  • 1 drop oil
  • 1 drop essential oil
  • Small bowl or container for mixing
  • Measuring spoon
  • Spoon or spatula for mixing (I always use a small silicone spatula reserved just for skincare products)
  • A nitrile glove, optional
pumpkin face mask ingredients and supplies

How to make a clay mask for dry skin

 

Measure 2 teaspoons of cosmetic clay into a clean bowl.

Add pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon at a time and mix to combine. Adding the pumpkin one spoonful at a time will help you create the consistency of mask you want and that’s right for your clay. When you have a spreadable paste, you’ve added enough pumpkin!

mix in pumpkin

Add a drop of oil:

add a drop of oil to pumpkin clay mask

And a drop of essential oil:

adding a drop of essential oil

Stir to combine the oils and you’re ready to use your mask!

To use your mask, make sure your hands are very clean or just wear a new nitrile glove. (Charming photo, right? =p )

applying face mask

Spread the mask onto your face and leave it to dry for 10-20 minutes. Wash off, pat your face dry, and follow up with your favorite oil or moisturizer! 

pumpkin face mask

How often can you use a pumpkin face mask?

People frequently want to know how often you can use a facial mask.

In general, it’s a good idea to treat your skin to a mask once a week. If you use mild ingredients, like kaolin clay, and it doesn’t irritate your skin, you could use a mask 2-3 times a week. If you have dry skin, I’d recommend sticking to just once a week with a clay mask, though. 

Make sure you can find this pumpkin clay mask recipe again later – Pin it now!

pumpkin mask for dry skin
Yield: 1 mask

Pumpkin Face Mask for Dry Skin Recipe

Pumpkin Face Mask for Dry Skin Recipe

This pumpkin face mask for dry skin is the perfect way to celebrate fall!

Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Materials

Instructions

    Measure 2 teaspoons of cosmetic clay into a clean bowl.

    Add pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon at a time and mix to combine. Adding the pumpkin one spoonful at a time will help you create the consistency of mask you want and that’s right for your clay. When you have a spreadable paste, you’ve added enough pumpkin!

    mix in pumpkin

    Add a drop of oil:

    add a drop of oil to pumpkin clay mask

    And a drop of essential oil:

    adding a drop of essential oil

    Stir to combine the oils and you’re ready to use your mask!

    To use your mask, make sure your hands are very clean or just wear a new nitrile glove.

    Spread the mask onto your face and leave it to dry for 10-20 minutes. Wash off, pat your face dry, and follow up with your favorite oil or moisturizer!

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  • Emily Maze October 23, 2019, 21:47

    This sounds so soothing! Thanks for this and the extra info on essential oils!

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