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Beauty Treatments with Thanksgiving Leftovers


When You're Done Eating Thanksgiving Dinner...Put It On Your Face!

Start a new tradition! After you eat all day Thursday, shop all day Friday and Saturday, let Sunday become your Thanksgiving spa day! Pumpkins, cranberries, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans and even turkey fat can be used as natural, inexpensive beauty treatments. Here I share a few recipes with you to get you on your way.

Most of these recipes are fabulous for you, easy to make and save you money. The turkey fat recipe....well, I think I'll let you try it and report back to me on that one!



We Won!

LOTD and $1000....Thank you, Squidoo!

Doing the happy dance with pie on my face : )

Pumpkin Facials - Rejuvenating, clarifying, exfoliating


High in Vitamin A (that's what's in betacarotene that gives pumpkin their orange color), a pumpkin facial exfoliates and rejuvenates your skin, exactly what you need after a long weekend of cooking and shopping!

Since leftover pumpkin pie is rarely a problem, you can make your facial from leftover fresh pumpkin or from an extra can of pumpkin pie filling.

Pumpkin Facial with Fresh Pumpkin

Take 1 medium slice of fresh pumpkin with skin removed.

Cut into small chunks and puree until smooth in a blender or food processor.

Add 1 egg yolk and 2/3 cup milk. Blend again until egg is well incorporated.

Apply the mixture to a clean face and neck, keeping away from the eye area. Leave this mask on for 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

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Pumpkin Facial with Canned Pumpkin

For overly oily skin, mix canned pumpkin with enough lemon juice to make a nice paste that will spread smoothly on your skin.

For dry skin, mix canned pumpkin with enough milk to make a nice paste that will spread smoothly on your skin.

Apply the mixture to a clean face and neck, keeping away from the eye area. Leave this mask on for 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

Not Into Making It Yourself? - Get great products with pumpkin already in them

If you're more into indulging than saving penny's, splurge on a great facial and forget do-it-yourself!

Cranberry Lip Gloss and Facial Scrub - Rejuvenating and Heals Skin Breakouts


Cranberries contain a power house of healing properties. They have rejuvenating and skin-peeling effects. Cranberries help to kill bacteria so are useful for treating blemishes and breakouts. They are a rich source of flavonoids, polyphenols, vitamin C and natural fruit acids. They have various antimicrobial effects, and have been used historically in folk medicine to help improve eczema and other skin rashes and disorders."

It's best to use fresh cranberries for the following recipes, however, there's a great use for left over cranberry sauce...a delicious cranberry drink to sip while enjoying your spa treatments!

Cranberry Drink


1 Tablespoon of Cranberry Sauce

2 Tablespoons of Cranberry Cocktail (use the frozen blend found in the cans in the freezer section)

Sparkling White Wine, or Sparkling White Grape Juice chilled


Put in the Cranberry Sauce first, then the Cranberry Cocktail, then either the alcohol or the juice. Mix thoroughly before serving. Serves 4.

Cranberry Lip Gloss

Provides flavor and a hint of color.

Mix 10 fresh cranberries, 1 tbsp of sweet almond oil, 1 tsp of honey and 1 drop of vitamin E oil together in a microwave-safe bowl.

Microwave for a couple of minutes or until the mixture just begins to boil.

Stir well and gently crush the berries. Cool mixture for five minutes and then strain through a fine sieve to remove all the fruit pieces. Stir again and set aside to cool completely.

When cool, transfer into a small portable plastic container or tin. Ta da! Your very own lip balm...your lips will thank you!

Cranberry Facial Scrub

Blend 1/2 cup raw or frozen cranberries, 1 teaspoon almond oil, 2 teaspoons raw sugar, 4-5 drops orange essential oil and 1 tablespoon oatmeal.

Gently press onto a clean face and neck, using your fingers to roll the product on the skin instead of scrubbing the skin.

Rinse with luke warm water and moisturize.

Note: Get good quality orange essential oil at a health food store (or below). Orange is known for its ability to lift your spirits. Almond oil is also available at health food stores.

Essential Oils

Always get a good brand of essential oil, not a cheap perfume.

Indulge Yourself!

Go ahead and're worth it!

Sweet Potato Facial and Eye Rejuvenator - Vitamin A, Moisturizing, Clarifying


Like pumpkin, sweet potatoes are full of Vitamin A and antioxidants. They are excellent for deeply nourishing and moisturizing the skin. Many facial topical treatments include ingredients that are derived from vitamin A, which aides in production of new skin cells helping to keep our skin soft, smooth and resilient.

If you are cooking sweet potatoes and adding a lot of ingredients for your Thanksgiving dinner (such as marshmallows), consider setting aside a couple of cups for this facial.

Sweet Potato Facial


2 ounces cooked mashed sweet potatoes

1 tbs oats (oatmeal)

1 tbs raw sugar

1/2 tsp olive or almond oil (or any oil you have on hand)

pinch of nutmeg


Mix all of the ingredients together to form a thick like consistency. Adjust the ingredients if needed, add more oats to make it thicker or add more liquid (water or milk) to thin it out. Apply this mixture to face and neck, leave on for about 5-8 minutes. Use warm wash cloths to gently remove the bulk of the paste, then rinse with warm water, and gently pat skin dry.

Eye Rejuvenator

Take two thin slices of sweet potato and place over the eyes. Leave on for 20 minutes. (You can do this with any of the facials listed here). Helps restore the eyes and make them shiny!

Are You Smiling Now?

You deserve a treat after that long weekend of taking care of everyone else. If you don't want to follow one more recipe, splurge and let someone else do it for you.

Green Beans Skin Treatment - Soothes, Softens


Want super silky skin? This green bean mixture will make you smooth to the touch. Feel free to put it on your elbows, feet, heels, hands. The yogurt is calming to irritated skin. As with all of these recipes, try a little bit on the inside crease of your elbow before applying to larger areas.

Before using your left over green beans, wash in hot water (if they contain butter). Pick out the onions, but if you have added almonds...leave them in!

Green Bean Skin Treatment

Grab a handful of cooked or fresh green beans and mash/blend them up.

Add a bit of plain yogurt and mix together until it becomes a lotion.

Massage this green mixture into your skin and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. You will notice smoother skin almost instantly!

Potato Eye Restorer and Foot Soak - Smoothes and Releases Inflammation


Potatoes help release inflammation that shows up in the eyes and feet (such as swollen feet from too much standing in the kitchen or shopping). It also helps heal cracked heels. The cooked potatoes retains heat longer than just a normal foot soak. May I dare suggest listening to the Monster Mash while soaking?

Eye Restorer

Slice two thin slices of potatoes and place over the eyes to reduce puffiness (associated with overeating and overshopping!) Can be done with any other facial.

Foot Soak

Try your leftover mashed potatoes, thinned down with warm water as a foot soak. Or use dehydrated potatoes and mix according to directions, then add extra warm water to thin down. Soak feet for 20 minutes.

Bonus: This same concept can be used with Oatmeal. Oatmeal will soothe and deeply restore dry, cracked and painful feet.

Enough Penny Pinching! - Buy your products!

Just give me some great products to sooth my weary feet!

Turkey Fat Moisturizer - Ummm, not sure what to say with this one!


While doing my research on this topic, I came across the following use of turkey fat. I'll bet the pilgrim ladies did this, but not sure I could handle the smell. I'm willing for you to try it, though! I've added a place for you to leave your comments about it.

Turkey Moisturizer

Elena Shell, a New York based facialist says:

"Take the fat trimmed from a turkey, heat it in the microwave, and use the oil that seeps out of it as an alternative to face cream.

It's good for very dry skin. If you're having Thanksgiving up in a mountain somewhere and forgot all of your beauty products, you can use this for a few days.

Mixing that same fat with sweet potatoes and applying it as a mask also makes for an amazing, nutritive facial, because the fat moisturizes while the veggies provide vitamins."

What's Your Preference For Beauty Treatments? - Buy beauty treatments or make them yourself

Making it yourself takes time, a precious commodity that many of us don't have enough of. But making it yourself saves money and resources. So chime this the year to make it yourself or to help the economy?

Do it yourself or buy ready made?

Create a spa mood - You can spa in the privacy of your own home

Don't just slather on a facial and sit in front of the TV. Get away by yourself, draw a bath, listen to some relaxing music and release all the holiday tension.

Set The Mood with Candles - That little flame does so much

Get soy or beeswax instead of paraffin (toxic fumes).

My Favorite Mood Music - Soothe your ears

Paul Baker's harp music takes you into a different realm.

Add your own favorite, home-made beauty treatment, or just leave a comment. We like comments! And if you dared try the turkey fat, please let us know how that worked (did your cats or dogs find you irresistible?)

What's Your Favorite Beauty Treatment?

getmoreinfo on December 06, 2012:

This is such a unique idea, I never would have guessed. Wonderful home-made treatments.

Angela F from Seattle, WA on November 21, 2012:

Very clever! I've used cucumbers from the relish tray before,but never potatoes for a foot soak. *blessed

CozyKitty on October 08, 2012:

There are some really great ideas here. Can't wait to try them all (ok, maybe not the turkey fat one)! I'd probably never have thought of using Thanksgiving leftovers for luxury at-home spa treatments - they really look wonderful :)

jithinseb on April 11, 2012:

wonderful info..

LensSeller on May 02, 2011:

I thought I knew all lot about recycling but you've opened my eyes! Well done on producing such an outstanding lens!

jackieb99 on January 05, 2011:

Wow...this is some pretty wild stuff! I had no idea this was possible

jackieb99 on January 05, 2011:

Wow...this is some pretty wild stuff! I had no idea this was possible

TopMovieSoundtr on November 16, 2010:

Love the lens idea! Clever. Happy Thanksgiving.

awakeningwellness on November 14, 2010:

Great lens, very clever...I am going to try the green bean one!

Sensitive Fern on November 14, 2010:

This is a really fun lens. I love the ideas, the way it's laid out, the pictures - everything. Would never ever have thought about using green beans as a facial.

jolou on November 13, 2010:

These are really great ideas, as natural as can be, and a good way to use leftovers.

Jennifer Sullivan from Chicago, IL on October 12, 2010:

What clever ideas!

totalhealth on December 03, 2009:

nice... its good news for me that there are lots of beauty treatments from left over foods. and its a better way of using those leftovers.

skinbeautyguru on November 30, 2009:

Dear Ener-G,

I have never thought some of these. Thanks so much.

bengriston on November 29, 2009:

Wow I had never even considered such a thing.

cc2786 on November 25, 2009:

hey great lens, i will defiinitely be giving some of these a go.


lasertek lm on November 23, 2009:

Nice! Pretty helpful. Something I could recommend to my friends. They would definitely enjoy reading this. Great job! Never knew that mashed potato could be a foot soak alternative. Will definitely try this.

Hope you could visit my lenses as well.

jgelien on November 23, 2009:

I absolutely love this lens. Don't think I'm brave enough to try the turkey fat moisturizer but then again, using it that way would keep it off my hips . 5*****

Dee Gallemore on November 22, 2009:

Loved this lens . . . and congrats on LOtD!

gia combs-ramirez (author) from Montana on November 22, 2009:

@Kate Phizackerl1: I think you just did.

Kate Phizackerl1 on November 21, 2009:

Gorgeous and useful lens. A standout in the Health category. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel.

I'd just suggest you add a disclaimer, probably as text at the start of the Duel model, saying that efficacy cannot be guaranteed.

semas on November 21, 2009:

well crafted lens,very interesting!5*

RinchenChodron on November 21, 2009:

Blessed by an Angel (you can add it to the plexo on

my angel lens,

if you want).

RinchenChodron on November 21, 2009:

Hi sweetie - another fabulous lens! Very cleaver Congratulations on Winning well deserved! T-giving left-overs for facials.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on November 21, 2009:

Congratulations to your charity and to you for a wonderful, unique Lens of the Day! Love the big pictures. The cranberry lip gloss sounds like a very fun project!

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on November 21, 2009:

Congrats on LOTD and winning $$ for your charity. What an interesting lens - I had no idea there were so many ways to turn leftover food into a beauty treatment! Very clever, and excellent research.

anonymous on November 21, 2009:

Congrats on getting LOTD Gia! This is indeed an excellent lens and by far one of the best I jhave seen in Health for a long time ;)

SquidAngel Blessings for you.

Mary from Chicago area on November 20, 2009:

I am sadly remiss about body treatments, but I think the sweet potato mix with almond oil could be quite nice. Congrats on your LotD and fabulous charity donation--yippee!

Frankie Kangas from California on November 20, 2009:

Wow.What a great idea for beauty treatments and a lens. Congrats on LOTD and the $1000 for your charity! Bear hugs, Frankie

gia combs-ramirez (author) from Montana on November 20, 2009:

@retta719: Exactly...That is the question!

Delia on November 20, 2009:

great lens....5*....great ideas! and then just lick it off your face! yummm

LoKackl on November 20, 2009:

I love this lens! Its appearance is very pleasing and your ideas are amazingly creative! Really enjoyed it.

Loretta from United States on November 20, 2009:

What I always wonder is if we ca use all these beautiful natural ingredients that are fantastic for us.... why do skin care products cost so much!?!?

stacy mcdaniel on November 20, 2009:

Congratulations! Thanks for all the neat ideas.

gia combs-ramirez (author) from Montana on November 20, 2009:

@aka-rms: ooh goodie, a link!

EpicFarms on November 20, 2009:

Clever, clever girl! Fabulous lens and a great way to use those leftovers (if you haven't eaten them all, that is :o) Congratulations on LOTD and your charity donation.

Dianne Loomos on November 20, 2009:

These are some unique Thanksgiving recipes for sure! Congrats on LOTD and a great donation to your charity!

HorseAndPony LM on November 20, 2009:

Congratulations on LOTD! I am just going to use our Thanksgiving leftovers to add to my holiday pounds not my holiday glow. :)

Robin S from USA on November 20, 2009:

Congrats on LotD!

I've got you featured here:

Rusty Quill on November 20, 2009:

Congrats on your double accomplishment! And a wonderful delightfully delicious Thanksgiving and spa day to you. :)

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on November 20, 2009:

Well, this is a new take on what to do with the leftovers! Love it!! Congrats on LOTD! :-) Happy Thanksgiving!

clemency lm on November 20, 2009:

Fab lens, congratulations!

Patricia on November 19, 2009:

Yay! LOTD! I like this lens! Glad you got LOTD!

DeboraR on November 19, 2009:

I love your lens and I'm not sure about trying any of the recipes other than the cranberry drink. With 3 chihuahuas in the house I don't think I'd be too safe trying the turkey fat lol!

happynutritionist on November 19, 2009:

Brilliant! And congrats on LOTD, this is a beautiful lens, and so good to "meet" you, will explore more of your lenses soon. Lenrolling and 5staring:-) ~claudia

eccles1 on November 19, 2009:

Congratulations on Lens of the Day

Great ideas !!

Laniann on November 19, 2009:

Great tips and beauty treatments that I would like to try.

BWDuerr from Henrietta, New York on November 19, 2009:

Love this! Thanks so much, for the tips, and giggles just picturing the turkey fat facial products. :D 5 stars , Fav and lensrolled to my 2 Thanksgiving lens.

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on November 19, 2009:

Congrats on LOTD! My fave is to use avacado as a masque moisturizer.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on November 19, 2009:


Congratulations on Lens of the Day!!!

myraggededge on November 19, 2009:

Sunshine and cheap moisturizer! Butter's useful for clearing blemishes quickly.

Love your suggestions... and love the photo of the sweet potato!

Jeanette from Australia on November 19, 2009:

Congratulations on a great lens and on LotD.

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on November 19, 2009:

Congratulations on lens of the day!

KimGiancaterino on November 19, 2009:

Congratulations on LOTD!

Light-in-me on November 19, 2009:

This is a wonderful lens, congratulations!

Robin :)

justholidays on November 19, 2009:

Interesting and yummy lens! I'm amazed by the ways we can re-use those foods!

This is a great lens and well deserved LOTD!

Congrats and thanks a lot!


triathlontraini1 on November 19, 2009:

Congrats on LOTD!


Christene-S on November 19, 2009:

Congrats on LOTD :)

Mihaela Vrban from Croatia on November 19, 2009:

Congratulations! Beautiful and very useful lens for every woman! :)

Kathy McGraw from California on November 19, 2009:

Congratulations,..on your LOD. I have never heard of this before )

gia combs-ramirez (author) from Montana on November 19, 2009:

@GrowWear: OMG! I thought you were joking! I'm in shock and bliss at the same time.

Thank you, Squidoo!

GrowWear on November 19, 2009:

Congratulations for receiving Lens of the Day for your Beauty Treatments With Thanksgiving Leftovers!

andreaberrios lm on November 19, 2009:

This is a awesome lens! Thanks for all the great tips.

MeganCasey on November 18, 2009:

A creative and well-presented DIY lens! Extra cool that it's part of the Cookoff for Charity. Please, someone, try the turkey fat treatment. :)

Lexi LM on November 17, 2009:

As tired as I have been I may simply fall asleep face first in my Thanksgiving dinner. This will be the most efficient beauty treatment of all, I am sure!

By the way, the security word of Gagzoop is stunningly appropriate...

Patricia on November 17, 2009:

These are great, Gia! Blessed and I am lenrolling it to my Kandee Johnson lens.

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