Dry skin here, dry skin there, dry skin everywhere! Here at Greenplicity skincare is our thing! We’re bringing the spa to you with today’s blog post, so get ready to pamper yourself. The winter months not only bring harsh weather but some serious wear and tear on your skin. We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to care for the skin you’re in, especially at this time of year. Today we’ve got you covered from head to toe, literally. We advocate using food grade ingredients and this pumpkin mask is no different. One of our mottos is “Food for the Skin” and this pumpkin mask is a very fitting treat for the skin (try not to eat it)!

Head-to-Toe Pumpkin Mask

**Yields 2 Body Masks

1 can of pumpkin
1/2 cup cooked oatmeal
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup raw turbinado sugar

What you will need: Knife, cutting board, spoon, fork, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowl, storage container

To Make: Cook the oatmeal following the directions on the package. Once cooked place the cooked oatmeal in the refrigerator to cool. Allow to cool completely. In a medium size bowl use a fork to blend together the oatmeal, cinnamon, and olive oil. Let stand for 10-15 minutes and begin preparing the other fresh ingredients. In a separate bowl combine the canned pumpkin, grated ginger, orang zest, and orange juice. Stir to a uniform consistency before combining the two bowls. Once bowls have been combined add the sugar and blend well. Store in the refrigerator. The mask will keep for a few days but it is best to use when it is fresh.

To Use: Take a quick shower or long soak in the tub to soften your skin and remove surface dirt. Towel dry and apply a generous layer of mask over the entire body. Sit on your towel and let the mask work it’s magic for 15 minutes and then apply to the face for 3-7 minutes. Hop in the shower and rinse. Use a mild body wash and then moisturize with your favorite body butter or lotion. If you don’t have one you can find skincare goodies at www.greenplicity.com

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