Fresh Faced Makeup
Makes about 45ml/1½fl oz
Shelf life: 3 days in the fridge, but best used immediately
Vegetables that contain high amounts of vitamin C, carotenoids and zinc are not only nutritional superstars, but they provide the perfect base for a face mask, too. In this one, dates provide zinc and vitamins C and D to help minimize the signs of aging and improve skin elasticity. Any orange vegetable is packed with beta-carotene and vitamin C, so in this case the carrot and pumpkin give a double whammy. Finally, the cinnamon or nutmeg provides gentle exfoliation and helps unblock those toxin-laden pores.
Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes to soften, then discard the soaking water. Put the dates in a mini-processor and blitz to a paste (or use a hand-held blender). Add the remaining ingredients and blitz again to fully combine and create a thick, smooth mask.
To use, run a facecloth under warm water, then wring it out so that it is just damp. Use it to wet your face all over. Then, use your fingers to scoop out a little of the mask at a time and apply to your skin evenly. Leave in place for 10–15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water and moisturize straightaway.