Pumpkins are good for much more than just decorating your stoop this holiday season! In fact, pumpkins are rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, a great exfoliator; loaded with antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamins A and C; packed with anti-inflammatory benefits and even boast of natural UV protectors – making it the ideal skin care ingedient! So, after carving you pumpkin for decoration, take the inside of the pumpkin and make some DIY face and body treats, with spa like results.
After removing the seeds – which we recommend roasting for a beauty from the inside out treat! (click here for a sweet and salty recipe) – scoop out some of the flesh of the pumpkin and bake or steam it until mashable (or just crack open a can of pumpkin puree, if that’s more your style!). Then, hit the bathroom-made-spa with these recipes designed to exfoliate and moisturize for fresh, smooth and sexy skin ready for dry winter days!
Pumpkin Pie Face Scrub
Mix a few tablespoons of cooked and mashed (or canned) pumpkin with 2 tablespoons of plain, unsweetened yogurt (rich in lactic acid, a great natural exfoliator) and 1 tablespoon of ground almonds and/or oats. Apply the scrub to your face and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the pumpkin and yogurt to start to soften dead skin cells before using your fingers to gently scrub your face in small curricular motions. The dead, dull skin cells will wash away and your face will look fresh and flawless!
Pumpkin Body Mask
Mix 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned),
1/2 cup virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil
(which not only moisturizes, but also helps to exfoliate deal cells and even has anti-bacterial properties) and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (which is antioxidant rich, anti-bacterial and smells delicious!). Apply generously to clean skin (in the shower is neatest!) and massage it into the skin. After 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and pat dry – we think this is a perfect body treat to do while you let a deep conditioning hair mask steep!
Pumpkin Honey Facial Mask
Mix a few tablespoons of pureed pumpkin with 1 whipped egg white (which will help tighten pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines), 1 tablespoon plain yogurt (which will help exfoliate) and 1 tablespoon honey (which is anti-bacterial, great for clearing acne). Apply to entire face, avoiding the eye area, and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing. The yogurt and pumpkin will encourage cell-turnover and exfoliate, while the honey has anti-bacterial properties to ensure a fresh face for fall!
Not into DIY? Here are our top picks of pumpkin products you can buy!
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Peel ($44, amazon.com), with its pumpkin enzyme base, is a great way to bring the benefits of pumpkin to your face, without ever entering the kitchen!
Arcona Pumpkin Lotion 10% ($35, drugstore.com) will help even skin tone and boost skin elasticity on your body!
ProjectArt for Nest Pumpkin Candle ($24.99, available starting next week bedbathandbeyond.com) will bring the season’s hottest scent to your home (along with its aphrodesiac properties!).
Philosophy Trick or Treat Lip Shine Duo ($18, sephora.com) comes with 2 seasonally sensational glosses, one in Pumpkin Spice and the other in Caramel Apple. Yum!
Click here: a smoothie recipe using pumpkin too!