It’s officially Fall, and with Halloween and Thanksgiving around the corner, you may find that you have some extra pumpkin on hand around your kitchen! Whether it be canned pumpkin leftover from baking, or fresh pumpkin leftover from dinner, make sure you pull out a few tablespoons and set it aside for these nourishing and wonderful pumpkin spice sugar scrub and diy pumpkin face mask treatments!
Pumpkin, with it’s bright orange color, is a wonderful and nutrient-dense vegetable that is healthy to eat, but did you know that this superfood can also be a fantastic ingredient in skin care? Superfoods are easy to detect because most of them have bright colors (think blueberries or broccoli). The carotenoids that give pumpkins their color, are rich antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the skin.
Rich in vitamins C, A, and E, and full of natural enzymes, pumpkin in a pumpkin spice sugar scrub can help gently turn over dead skin cells, working as a light exfoliant. Pumpkins can also nourish and moisturize the skin., and they are equally good for someone with acne as someone with mature skin. Let’s see what fun we can have with pumpkin skin care at home!
Make a Pumpkin Spice Sugar Body Scrub
A very simple pumpkin spice sugar scrub that you can do at home allows you to refresh your body while relaxing with some apple cider and maybe a ginger spice cookie.
- ½ Cup White or Brown Sugar
- 2 Tbsp. Pumpkin Puree (Canned, or Cooked Fresh and Blended)
- ½ Tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice (You Can Substitute a Mixture of Cinnamon and Nutmeg)
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well with a spoon. Because this contains no preservatives, you must use the pumpkin spice sugar scrub right away. We suggest taking it into the bathtub, and scrubbing your body with it, then resting in a warm bath. The smell is heavenly, and your skin will emerge soft and smooth. Please note that the grains of most sugars are too large for a facial mask, and can cause microtears in the skin if used on the face. If you prefer a face mask, substitute sugar for pureed oats to create a safe treatment for your face.
Make a Pumpkin Facial Mask
This is the easiest diy pumpkin face mask of all! Simply take 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree, and smear it all over your face. Lie on your back with a towel under your head to protect your carpet or furniture, and relax for 15 minutes. Wipe off with a warm washcloth, and pat dry. You can add 1 tablespoon of honey to this for some extra humectant TLC. Either way, your skin will feel fabulous!
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