When it comes to skincare, I love anything that involves hitting my kitchen and whipping up a beautifying DIY recipe. And with fall coming to a close, I’m trying to find any and every excuse to consume pumpkin. Sure, pumpkin lattes and pumpkin pies are lovely treats, but why not beautify from the outside in with pumpkin too!

DIY Pumpkin Cellulite Scrub

1/2 cup canned pumpkin
4 tablespoons caffeinated coffee grounds (used ones, straight out of your coffeemaker’s filter work just fine)
1 tablespoon coconut oil

Mix pumpkin, coffee grounds and coconut oil until blended. Standing in a bathtub to reduce mess, apply the mixture from hip to ankle, in circular motions. Leave on for 5 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

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The Vitamin A in the pumpkin helps promote cell turnover, and both the caffeine and the granular grounds in the coffee help increase blood flow to reduce the appearance of cellulite while the coconut oil moisturizes.

Not convinced about the benefits of cooking for beauty? Brooke Wilensky, Aesthetician of Union Square Laser Dermatology, is also a fan. According to her, pumpkin pulp, seeds and seed oil are often used in many beauty products since pumpkin is packed with Vitamin A and MMP (matrix metalloproteinase), which, as she explains, stimulate cell turnover and boost collagen and elastin production!

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