7 Beauty Treatments Using Leftover Pumpkin
It’s that time of year and pumpkins are in season! These bright orange, bodacious fruits are good for more than just Halloween fun and fall decorations. You may be happy to know that you’re in for some great beauty DIY along with that jack-o-latern competition you’ve conducted. Pumpkins are rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, anti-oxidants, beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, anti-inflammatory benefits, natural UV protectors and are a great exfoliator.
I’d say this is probably one of the most ideal skin ingredients. So next time you get to carving out a scary cat face in that pumpkin, save the insides (including the seeds -they make a yummy healthy roasted snack) steam or bake them until mashable, and then get ready to make some scrumptious beauty treats. As an alternative, if you don’t happen to be pumpkin carving a pumpkin anytime soon, no worries. A can of pumpkin puree will suffice. Take a look at these DIY pumpkin beauty treats!
Pumpkin Pie Face Scrub
- 5 tablespoons of cooked and mashed pumpkin
- 3 tablespoons of plain, unsweetened yogurt
- 1.5 tablespoons of ground oats
- Mix the pumpkin, yogurt, and oats together.
- Apply to your face.
- Allow to sit on the skin for 5-1o minutes.
- Lightly massage your face in circular motions (stay away from your eyes).
- Rinse with cool water.
Why it works: The yogurt is full of lactic acid and the oats will be a great natural exfoliant. The combo of both the pumpkin and yogurt will soften the skin and loosen the dead skin cells
Pumpkin Body Mask
- 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup of cold-pressed coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- Mix pumpkin, coconut oil and cinnamon together.
- Apply a generous amount to the skin while in the shower.
- Massage all over the body.
- Allow it to sink in for about 10-15 minutes.
- Shower off with warm water.
Why it works: The coconut oil is great for both its moisturizing and anti-bacterial properties, and the cinnamon is full of antioxidants. Not to mention, it smells and tastes yummy, too!
Pumpkin Hair Conditioner
For great shine and lusty luster, make a pumpkin hair mask by mixing together one cup of pumpkin with one-half cup plain yogurt and one tablespoon of honey. Mush it into your scalp and out to the ends of your hair and wrap your head with a shower cap or towel; let sit for up to 30 minutes. Cleanse hair as usual.