Pretty Natural

happy halloween
October 25, 2010, 22:28
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You may not know this, but the first jack-o-lanterns were carved from turnips, not pumpkins, and were hung in Ireland to ward off evil spirits. As the tradition traveled westward, the turnips were ignored because they were far too difficult to carve. Plus pumpkins are bigger – and we all know how westerners like to oversize and simplify everything.

Of course, my blog isn’t about bashing western culture – I like living here (almost all the time). No, my blog is what you can do with the insides of that pumpin you carve for the halloween festivities.

You might be surprised that pumpkin has high carotene levels. Or you might not, if you know that carotene is what turns pumpkins and carrots orange, much like what lycopene does for tomatos. And it’s a great thing for the skin as well as your hair.

So, before you put on your Lady Gaga costume, make a smooth, clean canvas for all that make up.


Pumpkin spice: Use 1/2 cup canned or fresh pumpkin purée and mix with brown sugar. Smells great at acts as a purifying and moisturizing scrub.

Pumpkin pie: Use the canned or fresh pumpkin purée and mix with 1 egg (for oily skin) or heavy whipped cream (for dry skin) and leave on for 20 minutes.


Pumpkin hair mask: Use 1/2 cup pumpkin purée and mix with a small amount of milk so that it is a smooth liquid. Leave on hair as a mask for 10 minutes. Rinse off with hot, followed by cold, water. WARNING: Not for the blonde of hair. The high carotene content can sink into the pores of your hair (yes, your hair has pores) and turn you orange.


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