How to Use Your Leftovers... As Skincare Products

Why eat pumpkin pie when you can put it on your face instead?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2010 11:20 AM CST
You could eat these. OR you could use them as skincare products.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – Sure, you could just eat your Thanksgiving leftovers ... but doesn't that seem a bit ... pedestrian? AOL News talks to a skin and beauty expert about how you could, instead, use those leftovers as skincare products:

  • Pumpkin pie: Pumpkin is a natural exfoliant, so mix your leftover pie filling or canned pumpkin with half a teaspoon of honey and a quarter teaspoon of milk for hydration, and use it as a facial mask.
  • Jell-O molds: Freeze some pieces of Jell-O from the mold for 30-60 minutes and use them as an eye mask.

  • Cranberry sauce: The juice from canned cranberry sauce (or the pulp from whole cranberries, if that's the way you roll) can add "silkiness, softness, and luster" to your hair, she says. Just mix one cup with one beaten egg yolk, two teaspoons sour cream, and one teaspoon potato flour. Then apply the paste to your hair and rinse.
  • Mashed potatoes: Mix two cups with a cup of sea salt, a cup of aloe vera juice, and some scented oil if you like. Use it as a body scrub to help reduce that post-Thanksgiving puffy feeling.
For more, including a pumpkin body scrub and—yes—a suggestion for how to use turkey in all this, click here.

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