DIY: Celebrity Aesthetician Joanna Vargas's Pumpkin-Infused Face Mask

Erin Jahns

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Though there's a time and place for pumpkin spice, by this point, the flavour already feels a touch passé. It's there taunting us at our favourite latte joints, it nuzzles its way into our pastries, and it's even made its way into hair colour trends and beauty products. And while we love ourselves a small (ok, generous) slice of pie or even an occasional PSL, do we really need to slather it all over our face via masks and creams?

Actually, yes. In fact, celebrity aesthetician Joanna Vargas highly recommends it. And with a clientele that includes Emma Roberts, Karlie Kloss, and Jessica Alba (to name few), we believe her. Naturally infused with skin-enhancing agents like zinc, AHAs, exfoliating enzymes, and vitamins C and E, Vargas's homemade mask will brighten and nourish skin from the inside out, and it couldn't be easier to whip up in our kitchens. You might even have a bunch laying around, it is almost Halloween after all. Ready to get started? Keep reading for the DIY pumpkin face mask Vargas swears by.


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What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 oz. canned or blended pumpkin
  • 1/2 oz. sweet potato
  • 1 tsp. honey (for optimum brightening, try raw manuka honey)
  • 1 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt
  • Pinch of cinnamon


  • Mix ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Apply to damp skin, and leave on for 10 minutes. (We suggest wine and Lifetime as companions while you wait.)
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water and a muslin cloth.
  • Repeat weekly.

In addition to the surplus of vitamins and minerals from the pumpkin and sweet potato, both honey and cinnamon have antibacterial properties that will help prevent breakouts and maintain skin's clarity. Plus, according to Vargas, the lactic acid in the Greek yogurt soothes and smooths dry skin while helping reduce the appearance of pores and wrinkles.

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