Give Your Beauty a Boost with Thanksgiving Leftovers

What do you do when the Thanksgiving plates are cleared, the dishes are washed, and your belly is full? You may be in the habit of heading out early to catch the best deals. Maybe your family watches all of the games. You might even cozy up to watch your family’s favorite movie.

When the Thanksgiving and Black Friday festivities have winded down, gather your cousins or your girlfriends for DIY spa treatments made from leftovers... It sounds crazy at first, but it makes sense the more you think about it. Every family’s Thanksgiving spread looks slightly different. In most cases, it’s not too difficult to create a plate filled with colors.

More colors mean more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that make your hair, skin, and nails glow and grow. Set aside some of your Thanksgiving staple ingredients for your spa gathering and be surprised by the beauty boost that follows.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Those happy feelings you get after drinking a warm mug of apple cider? You can feel those on your face, too. Apple cider vinegar is a star player in and of itself. It’s a great base for all sorts of DIY recipes ranging from toners to masks to clarifying hair treatments.

Sweet Potatoes

These colorful starches can do wonders for your hair. Whip up a Thanksgiving-themed hair treatment that will smell so good, you’ll be tempted to go back for seconds. You can mix it with ingredients from your kitchen, like yogurt and honey, or you can combine sweet potato with your go-to moisturizer.


If you’re feeling a little worse for the wear after so much time with your relatives, make a cranberry face mask. The antioxidants will freshen up your skin and counteract any family-induced wrinkles.


Pumpkin has so many good-for-you ingredients, and buying it canned makes it even easier to create a DIY beauty concoction. Combine it with an oil of your choice to make make a delicious deep conditioning treatment.

Sparkling wine

If your family busts out the bubbly for Thanksgiving, save a little for yourself and add it to your bath water alongside your favorite bath bomb. You’ll definitely be giving thanks after that decadent experience.

Give the post-Thanksgiving treat yourself day a try. You’ll look fantastic, and you’ll avoid wasting leftovers. Who knows, this just might become an annual tradition.

Do you reuse Thanksgiving leftovers to give your hair, skin, and nails a holiday glow? Share your recipes in the comments below.

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