Enjoy Autumn Festivities as we Celebrate our Favorite Gourd – Pumpkin!
Pumpkin usually conjures up spooky Halloween carving and pumpkin pie served at Thanksgiving. Did you know it has beauty benefits for hair and skin as well? Learn about different pumpkin masks and sugar scrubs that you can easily create at home.
Pumpkin Hair Mask
Pumpkins are fun for carving and eating, but we bet you didn’t know they are also helpful for fixing fried hair. Give this simple recipe a try to revitalize your damaged tresses.
DIY Pumpkin Mask Recipe
I love facial masks and try to pamper myself each week where I give myself a manicure, moisturize my hair and relax with a cup of herbal tea. Sometimes I buy facials from the store and sometimes I make my own. This easy pumpkin facial mask recipe is perfect for the fall when pumpkins are readily available.
With these ingredients you’d think this is a recipe for some sort of pumpkin-centric baking, but no; it’s for a face mask! Read on to get a breakdown on how each food-group is beneficial for your skin.
1 cup canned pumpkin:
Pumpkin puree contains enzymes that help to exfoliate the top dead layer of skin on our face, similar to the enzymes found in papaya and pineapple. Pumpkin also is very high in Vitamin A which helps to stimulate collagen production and cell regrowth. Make sure you use canned pumpkin NOT the canned pumpkin pie mix!
1/4 cup plain yogurt:
Yogurt contains lactic acid which is a very gentle exfoliant that also provides hydration to the skin. I use Greek Yogurt as it contains more probiotics.
3 tbsp honey:
Honey is wonderfully hydrating for your skin AND is a natural bacteria fighter which is wonderful if you are dealing with stubborn breakouts. If you can, use raw honey, which is honey as it is found within a beehive. The honey we buy at the grocery store has been processed with heat which then kills off healing enzymes destroying much of the beneficial nutrients that raw honey contains.
3 tbsp oil of your choice:
If your skin is oily and acne-prone: use virgin coconut oil as it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. If your skin is dry or dehydrated: use jojoba oil as it is similar to the sebum (oil) our skin naturally produces. Olive oil is also great for very dry skin. If you are concerned with anti-aging: use sweet almond oil as it contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 AND E!
Optional: pick and choose which add-ons may make the mask fit your skin’s needs
1 tsp Nutmeg:
When applied topically to the skin nutmeg can help reduce inflammation from rosacea and acne due to its anti-septic/anti-inflammatory properties.
1 tsp Cinnamon:
Cinnamon promotes healthy blood flow to your face and visibly plumps your skin. It also helps with acne by bringing oxygen to the skins surface.
1/4 cup finely ground Oats (use a coffee grinder):
Oatmeal is WONDERFUL for sensitive skin. If you want to add a little bit more exfoliation to the mask, don’t grind up the oatmeal too much.
Mix everything up in a mixing bowl and apply to your face, the application may be a bit messy so it may be best to do over a bathroom or kitchen sink. Allow the mask to sit for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Apply your favorite moisturizer and marvel over your smooth skin! My skin felt SO hydrated after the mask that I had to make myself stop touching it. Depending on thickly you apply, you will definitely had 3-4 mask applications with one batch. It should keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks.
DIY Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub
These may be the ingredients to the most delicious pie known to mankind – pumpkin pie – but did you know they can double as a sugar scrub as well? Read on to find out more.
Lose the loofah and whip up this incredible Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub, a homemade sugar scrub guaranteed to leave you silky smooth!