There are only so many days you can eat leftover Thanksgiving food. If you find yourself with more than you want to handle, try incorporating the ingredients into festive DIY beauty treatments! The recipes listed below are packed with skin-enhancing properties – and they smell great, too.
Main Course: Turkey
Okay, let’s be honest – this one is best left in the food category. Enjoy your turkey leftovers on the plate where they belong!
Side Dish: Cranberries
These tart little berries have several beauty uses that may surprise you! They contain vitamins B3 and B5, which hydrate the skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and calm the appearance of redness.
For a simple yet powerful treatment for your skin, combine a cup of mashed cranberries with half a cup of plain yogurt. Apply to face and neck, let sit for 15 minutes, and rinse with warm water. The yogurt contains naturally exfoliating lactic acid, making this cranberry facial mask the perfect recipe for your skin!
Cranberry Herbal Bath
For a relaxing, delicious way to unwind before, during, and after the holidays, try this calming cranberry herbal bath. Tie half a cup of fresh cranberries in some clean muslin, crush them slightly, and add to hot bath water. Allow the water to cool for about 10 minutes, then add 8-10 drops of orange essential oil for a citrusy kick. Soak for around 20 minutes.
Pumpkin Face Mask
The best part of Thanksgiving dinner? Maybe. The best DIY beauty treatment ingredient for your face? Definitely! Pumpkin is a powerhouse when it comes to your skin. Not only is it gentle (and therefore ideal for all skin types, including sensitive skin), its enzymes metabolize the top layer of dead skin cells, making it a great exfoliator. For a quick mask, mix two tablespoons of plain pumpkin puree with one tablespoon moisturizing oil (coconut, jojoba, etc.) and apply to clean skin. Let sit for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Drinks: Eggnog & Champagne
For an extra luxurious, moisturizing bath, add 4 cups eggnog and 8-10 drops ylang ylang essential oil to warm bath water. Relax in the tub for around 20 minutes for silky smooth skin!
Champagne Hair Volumizer
Leftover flat champagne doesn’t have to be wasted! While you’re in the shower, pour a glass of the champagne over wet hair and let sit for a few minutes before rinsing. Not only will your hair be given a boost of volume once dry (thanks to the remaining carbonation), your highlights will come out looking shiny and fresh!