It's that time of year, where witches and goblins come out to play, it's Halloween, or in Mexico, Day of the Dead. If you have never witnessed this Mexican holiday, it is definitely worth the trip.
Halloween is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today. Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity and life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Halloween has long been thought of as a day when the dead can return to the earth... In the 19th century, Halloween began to lose its religious connotation, becoming a more secular community-based children's holiday. Halloween, one of the world's oldest holidays, is still celebrated today in several countries around the globe.
In recognition of Halloween many spas have created pumpkin-based treatments. Pumpkins are rich in natural plant enzymes and carotenoid antioxidants that help to repair, exfoliate, and hydrate dull skin. Add a little cinnamon (sounds like a pumpkin pie) which stimulates circulation and helps firm and polish the skin, you have the perfect face mask.Spas in Bali, Hawaii, Tahiti and other such exotic get-always often mash fresh fruit into their facials, a tradition I'm happy to say is starting to happen more often elsewhere, which leave your face fresh and glowing.
Here's one to try this Halloween...
2/3 cup fresh papaya, mashed
15 oz. can pure pumpkin
1 egg, beaten
Beat until frothy an organic egg and combine with mashed papaya, then add pumpkin. This can be done by hand or in a blender. Apply to a clean face being careful to avoid the eyes. You most likely will feel a tingling sensation as the enzymes in the pumpkin begin to work. Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water, pat dry and apply your favourite organic tonner and moisturizer.
Trick or Treat...Happy Halloween Spa Girls!