Thanksgiving Beauty: Beauty Recipes Made By Thanksgiving Leftovers

Beauty Recipes That’ll Use Up Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Ladies if you hosted Thanksgiving this year then you’ve probably got a whole lot of random extra ingredients lying around. Well, unless you’re some sort of genius who somehow manages to buy the exact quantity you need of everything.

Within the delicious buffet, you’ve all eaten this holiday are vitamins and nutrients that actually help make your skin smooth, glow, and look more beautiful.  So, have you ever considered using Thanksgiving leftovers for beauty products? If not, don’t worry, you’re not alone ladies, it’s actually normal–until you look in the fridge and see ingredients for body scrubs, face masks and peels.  No one thinks that their Thanksgiving day spread holds the power to brighten your skin, soften your hair, and tighten pores.

Wait, What did you say?

Let’s just call that… the new normal. If the holidays left you with too much leftover pumpkin this or that and cranberries, here is how you can use them in your beauty routine.

Try whipping some of these recipes for smooth, glowing skin and soft, shiny hair.

Beauty Recipes

Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Brightening Face Mask

1/2 oz. cooked pumpkin (canned or mashed)

1/2 oz. cooked sweet potato (canned or mashed)

1 tbsp. (dairy free) yogurt

1 tsp. honey

1 pinch of cinnamon (skip if your skin is sensitive)

Recipe: Blend all your ingredients in a bowl until well mixed. Spread a layer on clean skin (it should be visible but not so thick it falls off in glops), hang out for three to five minutes or so, and then rinse.

What it does: Brightens dull, dry skin and gives you a refreshing glow.

 Cranberry Apple Antioxidant Face Mask

1 apple (grated or chopped finely)

1/2 cup fresh or frozen (defrosted) cranberries

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Recipe: Pulse all ingredients in a blender or food processor until a paste forms. Spread on clean skin, leave on for three to five minutes, then rinse off with water.

What it does: Hydrates dry skin and protects against free-radicals.

Cranberry Sugar Body Scrub

1/2 cup fresh, frozen (defrosted), canned organic cranberries

1 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tsp. honey

Recipe: Put cranberries in a blender until pureed. Then add remaining ingredients and mix. Scrub on the skin in the shower, and then rinse as you would a regular body scrub.

What it does: Hydrates, fights free-radicals and exfoliates to leave skin looking and feeling smoother.

Apple Cider Exfoliating Mask

This fall drink staple brightens the skin by regulating its pH. Apple cider regulates the skin’s pH, plus it has high amounts of alpha-hydroxy acids that eat away at dead and dull skin. The oats in this mask have natural cleansers called saponins that help remove dirt, oil, and other buildup, while the enzymes and vitamin C in the fresh lemon juice even out skin tone and the brown sugar exfoliates.

3/4 teaspoon apple cider
3 teaspoons ground oats
3/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse brown sugar

Directions: Combine cider and oats in a bowl to form a smooth paste. Add lemon juice and sugar and stir to combine well. Apply to cleansed skin and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes to allow ingredients to work away at the top layers of the skin. Then rub in circular motions to promote circulation and help exfoliate off dull skin cells. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Mashed Potato Mask

Surprise! White taters may have a poor rep when it comes to their nutritional standing, but they’re a powerhouse when applied to your mug. Potatoes are known for getting rid of acne, lessening wrinkles, de-puffing eyes, reducing the appearance of dark circles, and evening out skin tone.  I knew I loved mashed potatoes way too much for a reason!

Mashed potatoes

Directions: Spread potatoes evenly over clean, damp skin and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and follow up with a moisturizer of your choice.  I will be using my AlpsStoires customized moisturizer “Arywn.”  To get your own customized moisturizer, visit our website use our beauty wizard feature.

Cranberry and Sweet Potato Exfoliating Mask

Any child at your Thanksgiving day table may think mixing these two colorful sides together is only an easy way to gross out anyone sitting next to them,  but the two can also give you a glowing complexion. Bright orange sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, which plays a key role in maintaining healthy functioning of the skin and supporting collagen and elastin.  Try combining them with honey, it has healing and regenerative capabilities and is a humectant, meaning it helps bring moisture to the skin and maintain natural hydration.  And cranberries for vitamin C, which prevents free radicals from damaging collagen and elastin and brightens skin.

1/2 cup steamed or boiled sweet potato (or 2 large carrots)
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh cranberries
1 tablespoon coarse brown sugar

Directions: In a bowl, mash sweet potato and honey with a fork. Add cranberries and sugar and work into mixture until smooth. Apply to cleansed skin and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes for the ingredients to work away at the top layers of the skin. Then rub in circular motions to promote circulation and help exfoliate off dull skin cells. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

Dessert really does help your body look its best! Pumpkin is known to be a source of more than 100 beneficial vitamins and nutrients, including alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, which have been shown to promote smoother, younger-looking skin by increasing the rate of cellular renewal.

1 part pumpkin puree
1 part extra virgin olive oil
2 parts sugar

Directions: Mix all ingredients and apply to dry skin in circulation motions over your entire body, then rinse off in a warm shower.

Sweet Potato Hair Conditioner

The ingredients here could be the making of a healthy snack, but instead of eating it, put it on your hair.  Sweet potatoes, honey, and yogurt all moisturize and prevent fly-away hair, and the yogurt also removes product buildup.

1/2 plain large sweet potato, cooked and mashed
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup (dairy-free) yogurt

Directions: Combine everything and apply to damp hair. Put on a plastic shower cap and wait 20 minutes before rinsing off with tepid water.

Ladies, got a little fennel and thyme leftover from your grand feast?  Instead of waiting for them to dry out and throwing them away, make use of them and make your own homemade toner.

Homemade Fennel Toner


  • 2 raw fennel bulbs, pureed
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Water

Bring the pureed fennel, thyme and enough water to make it liquidy (1/4 to 1/2 cup) to a boil in a saucepan.  Attempting to fully boil fennel makes a gloppy mess.

Turn off the heat, add the lemon juice and let it steep for 15 minutes. Strain out solids and transfer to a covered jar and let cool. Apply with a cotton ball under the eyes. Do not rinse. Toner will keep in the fridge for up to 10 days.

This homemade toner is awesome for summer when you want something light and cool on your face. Plus, it is supposed to smell great too (if you like licorice), and the soothing smell is supposed to reduce stress and tension as well.

Any meal tastes delicious with a pinch of parsley, but what’s left when you’re done with it?  Easy, erase dark circles and age spots on your skin!

Parsley Eye Mask for Dark Circles

We all hate dark circles don’t we ladies?  I read recently that parsley can work to help erase dark eye circles, I had to try it.  A cure from a bunch of parsley that costs 99 cents? Really? Yep.


To make your mask, roughly chop a handful of parsley (preferably organic).  In a small bowl, grind the leaves with a wooden spoon. You want to grind the parsley until it releases the juice in the leaves.

Pour a tablespoon of hot water over the parsley and stir the mixture together. You can also combine the parsley with organic yogurt.  When the water has cooled, use 2 cotton balls to soak up the juice. Lie down and keep the cotton ball under your eyes for 10 minutes

Do this twice a week to reduce discoloration. The effects aren’t immediate though; it may take a couple of weeks to see the changes. Leave us a comment and let us know if you’ve ever used parsley before or if you plan on giving this a try.

Guinness Rosemary Oil Hair Rinse

Did you buy some black beer for your Thanksgiving feast only to discover that no one really liked it and now you are stuck with some leftover?  Now, what will do with it?  Easy fix, ladies, it can be turned into a hair rinse.

So, the idea of beer rinse seems a bit weird and a bit of a waste.  It’s supposed to be good for hair so they say.

Why is beer good for hair?

Beer is traditional rinse for thicker, shinier hair, said to work especially well for fine hair (that’s me). The yeast in beer plumps up the hair shaft while the hops and malt are said to nourish and stimulate the hair shaft. The result: shinier, more voluminous hair.

Why is rosemary good for hair?

Rosemary has long been used in hair care treatments. Rosemary oil is said to stimulate hair growth, reduce hair loss and slow down the graying of hair.  Massaging the scalp with rosemary treats dandruff and dry scalp as well.

How to do a Beer Rinse for Hair

  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 can of Guinness, or other strong ale or stout

Open beer and add rosemary oil. Let the beer sit open overnight or longer because you want the beer to be flat. After shampooing, rinse hair with the beer. Let sit on hair for several minutes, massaging it into the roots of your hair. Rinse and style as usual.

Think about it this way, using your pumpkin pie to make a body scrub will not only help keep your skin clear and soft but will help save money in all sorts of ways. It’s like killing three birds with one stone, saving money on beauty products, stopping yourself from binging all week and pampering yourself.

And if all else fails and you still have leftovers, there is always your Instapot ladies.

Now as for finding time away from everyone to indulge in all this goodness? Good Luck with that one.

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