You have to love fall and Halloween time because of the exciting costume ideas, the colors of the season and the beginning of the holiday season. One of my favorite fruits of the year is the pumpkin. It’s the perfect fall symbol, an amazing color of orange, it’s tasty—and it’s fun to carve. Fall is one of the BEST times to make your own at home skin care treatments because of the tasty delights and seasonal goodies that come around. What’s better is that natural skin care is always a great choice for you. Clear your appointments and save some time to pamper your skin with the tasty treat of pumpkin with these easy at home skin care recipes.
There’s always that really icky part of carving a pumpkin, and it’s when you cut open the top and have to clean out the mucky insides. Naturally, you’ll throw it away or use it to make pie—totally justified, by the way. Before you decide to ditch the gross insides, stop, drop and save it! An at home skin treatment awaits! Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin A, C, E, Zinc and Beta-carotene, not to mention loaded with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). This makes it a very useful exfoliator that gets rid of dead skin cells naturally and, with some added extras, it becomes an antioxidant rich moisturizing masque. Take the pumpkin pulp and get your blender ready, that pumpkin puree is about to make your skin very happy.
- Take about 5-6 teaspoons of pumpkin pulp and throw it into your blender.
- Push the button and get a puree-paste.
- Mix in 3-4 teaspoons of brown sugar
- Optional-add a teaspoon of pumpkin seed oil or lemon juice.
Mix ingredients together and apply it to your face and gently scrub in small, upward circles for a couple minutes. Rinse with water to remove. This at home skin treatment will slough off dead skin cells gently and naturally.
Pumpkin facial mask
- Take 3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree and add 1-2 tablespoons of honey
- Add 1 tablespoon of milk (regular for oily skin or buttermilk for dry skin)
- Optional-add plain yogurt to mixture
- Spread paste onto your face and keep on for 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse off with water.
*Be sure to make your mask thick enough that it’s not dripping off your face.
Both of these at home skin care recipes using natural pumpkin will leave your skin smooth and glowing. It’s a festive way to help get the most out of the seasons with the nature around you. Have fun with it, let the kids carve away and just remember, the pumpkin guts are going to a good cause. J