Nothing says fall like pumpkin! Pumpkins are good for much more than Halloween decorations and lattes; in fact, pumpkin is a powerhouse ingredient for your skin. Rich in antioxidants, alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, exfoliating properties, anti-inflammatory benefits, and natural UV protectors, pumpkin is the best thing you can do for your skin this fall (and all year round)!
After carving your pumpkins, scoop out a bit of the flesh (or buy canned pumpkin from the store) and turn it into DIY face and body treatments that will really put you in that autumn mentality. If using fresh pumpkin, bake or steam it until mashable.
Pumpkin Honey Face Mask
- 2-3 tablespoons pumpkin puree – exfoliates and encourages cellular turnover
- 1 egg white, whipped – tightens pores and reduces the appearance of fine lines
- 1 tablespoon plain yogurt – gentle exfoliation
- 1 tablespoon honey – antibacterial and great for acne-prone skin
Mix all ingredients together to form a paste. Apply to the entire face, taking care to avoid the eye area. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water for soft, radiant skin!
Pumpkin Pie Face Scrub
- 2-3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon ground almonds or oats
Mix well and apply all over face, avoiding the eye area. Let sit for a few minutes to allow the pumpkin and yogurt to soften dead skin cells; using your fingers, gently scrub your face in small circular motions. The gentle exfoliating properties of both the yogurt and oats will slough off dry, dead skin cells almost instantly! Rinse with warm water and admire your smooth, glowing complexion.
Pumpkin Body Mask
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ½ cup virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Mix well and apply generously to clean skin all over body. To avoid any mess, you might want to apply this in the shower. Massage gently and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. The addition of coconut oil makes this body mask moisturizing, exfoliating, and anti-bacterial, while the cinnamon is full of antioxidants, anti-bacterial properties, and a scent that is good enough to eat! Your skin will be left feeling fresh and hydrated.