During fall and winter months we can’t help but smell the scent of cinnamon, cider and pumpkin pie on the air. It’s the one time of year that our sense of smell takes over and our tastebuds lust for seasonal treats. It’s also when our bodies scream for nourishment due to the cold, dry weather we are exposed to. So why not combine the two by incorporating our favorite seasonal squash, the pumpkin, into our beauty routines.
Pumpkins are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that promote healthy hair and skin. Vitamin C aids collagen production and fights against free radicals so you’ll slow the signs of aging. The beta-carotene in pumpkins has been known to improve skin texture, and the various vitamin Bs in the squash can improve circulation (leading to the tighter skin you’ll also get with face yoga) and fight against acne. From hair to face to body, there isn’t anywhere you can’t apply a DIY mask, scrub or conditioner to hydrate and brighten your appearance.
It’s likely you have a can or two of pumpkin puree lying around for that pie you’re planning to make for Friendsgiving, so give your skin care or hair regimen a boost and try one of these DIY pumpkin beauty recipes now.
Pumpkin Hair Conditioner – When you want to change up your usual coconut or aragon oil hair mask, I suggest using this recipe for a healthy dose of vitamin A and potassium. Add 2 tablespoons of honey to 1/2 a cup of pumpkin and mix. That’s all you need for some extra shine! Apply all over your hair and leave on for 15 minutes. Then rinse in the shower.
Pumpkin Face Mask – This is one of my personal favorites. With just a few additional ingredients from the conditioner recipe, this face mask will leave you with smooth, supple, and most importantly, hydrated skin in about 5 minutes. Click here for my previous post with full recipe.
Pumpkin Body Scrub - Apply this scrub while in the shower for the least mess. The combined ingredients will not only smell divine (try not to drool while applying. ^_^), but also exfoliate your skin and moisturize. All you need is 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 of coconut oil and a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. The coconut oil and cinnamon both have antibacterial agents to keep body breakouts at bay.
The great thing about all of these, there’s likely a way to mix them in your next sweets recipe. Waste not, want not, right? ;)
Have you used pumpkin in your beauty routine?
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