Pumpkin isn’t just for pies on Thanksgiving. It contains naturally occurring enzymes and beta carotene — a source of vitamin A — as well as other anti-aging antioxidants, according to David Parker, co-founder and “Cosmetic Chef” of The Body Deli.“We also use pumpkin seed oil in many of The Body Deli’s products for its naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids,” says Parker. “The lemon juice acts as a mild exfoliant and skin brightener.”Ingredients:

  • 1 can pumpkin pie purée
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice”¨
  • 1 tsp pumpkin seed oil”¨
  • a pinch cinnamon”¨
  • Pinch nutmeg

Place half the can of pumpkin purée in a bowl and mix in the lemon juice, pumpkin seed oil and spices. Apply the mask to your face and allow skin to absorb for 10 to 15 minutes. For a more spa-like experience, apply it before soaking in a warm tub, since steam helps the mask to further penetrate the skin and open up pores. Rinse off with warm water. The recipe makes enough for two treatments, so share with a friend or store the extra in the fridge for up to five days.COLUMN: Pumpkin Mousse Recipe, You Can Eat!