From your Starbucks latte to the orange-laced displays at your local grocery store, itâ€™s official: Pumpkin spice season is officially upon us. What you may not realize, however, is that this iconic American fruit (yes, itâ€™s technically a fruit!) has some serious beauty benefits.
1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp manuka honey
Mix ingredients together. Apply a thin layer to skin, and rinse off after five minutes.
Turmeric powder helps brighten skin and heal inflammation associated with acne, while manuka honey is a humectant that provides moisturization and additional anti-acne properties.
1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1/4 cup benzonite clay
1/4 cup chamomile tea
Mix ingredients together. Apply a thick layer to skin. Wait 60 seconds, and then massage to exfoliate and rinse off.
The ground flaxseed is the secret ingredient here that washes off the dead skin cells that the pumpkin enzymes exfoliated off.
1 cup pureed pumpkin
1/4 cup jojoba oil
1/4 cup coffee grounds
1/4 cup Himalayan salt
Mix ingredients together. Use as a body scrub in the shower or bath.
Jojoba oil is super-nourishing and rich in antioxidants, making it a great carrier oil for a body scrub. Caffeine from coffee grounds helps smooth out skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite as a bonus. Pink Himalayan salt contains trace minerals that are beneficial for skin.
In-Shower Body Moisturizer
1 tsp pumpkin seed oil
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tsp monoi oil (You can get it at The Body Shop)
Mix ingredients in a spray bottle, and spray on body in shower after cleansing, making sure to rinse completely.
Coconut milk is extremely hydrating and rich in anti-aging and soothing fatty acids and oils. Monoi oil contains methyl salicylate, which nurtures skin and prevents environmental damage.
1 Tbsp pumpkin seed oil
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup jojoba oil
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
Mix ingredients together. This can be used as a scalp treatment or hair oil mask on clean hair. Allow it to sit for several minutes, then rinse out completely.
Coconut, eucalyptus, and lavender are all natural ingredients that help stimulate the scalp to protect against hair loss. Jojoba oil hydrates both the scalp and hair.
Peel-Off Exfoliating Treatment
1/2 cup pumpkin juice (While this can be difficult to find in stores, itâ€™s easy to juice at home. Simply peel it and separate out the stringy pulp and seeds before juicing.)
2 packs unflavoured gelatin
1/2 tsp tomato juice
2 tsp egg whites
Microwave the mixture so everything dissolves together, and then wait for it to cool (but not to completely solidify). Apply two layers onto skin, allow to dry, then peel off.
The gelatin creates the peel-off mechanism while tomato juice helps brighten skin and control sebum production. The egg whites help lift and tighten skin.