You know what’s something awesome about fall? Pumpkin. People seem to get sick of pumpkin pretty quickly as we get deeper into fall, but I’m not saying you have to put pumpkin spice in everything you eat. In fact, pumpkin is pretty awesome when it’s not crammed into a Starbucks cup.
Did you know that pumpkin has a lot of beauty and health benefits? Well, it does! The Jack-O-Lantern sitting on your porch isn’t just for decoration. Before you carve up your next victim, read through these beauty treatments and make sure you save some meat and seeds. If you’re not carving something up, don’t worry. Canned pumpkin will suffice.
Check out these pumpkin beauty treatments right now!
Pumpkin Yogurt Face Mask
This mask comes from beauty guru Michelle Phan and calls for 2 cups of pureed, freshly cooked, or canned pumpkin, 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt, 4 tablespoons of honey, 1/3 cup of ground almonds and 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and rinse off with warm water for smoother, softer skin.
Pumpkin & Papaya Face Mask
Combine 2/3 cup fresh papaya, mashed, 15 oz can of pumpkin and 1 egg. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse to exfoliate and brighten your skin.
Pumpkin Pie Scrub
Exfoliate your body by using a homemade pumpkin pie scrub. Mix 1/2 cup cooked or canned pumpkin, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 tablespoon cinnamon for create your scrub. Try not to eat it.
Pumpkin Hair Mask
Mix a cup of canned pumpkin, one cup plain yogurt, honey and coconut oil to make an amazing hair mask. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse thoroughly. The vitamins and antioxidants in pumpkin will help make your hair soft and strong.
Pumpkin Foot Mask
Your feet take a beating in the fall so liven them up with a pumpkin pedicure. Mix 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 1 raw egg and1/2 tsp raw honey. Coat your feet in the mix and wrap them in plastic wrap. This will help remove any dead, gross skin on your feet!
Make a super easy pumpkin scrub by mixing canned pumpkin with brown sugar or coffee grounds. Use in the shower to exfoliate!
If you're not too keen on putting pumpkin puree in your hair, eat some! Pumpkin has a ton of health benefits. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains more than 200% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin A. It also contains about three grams of fiber, can help lower cholesterol and has contains a ton of Vitamin C to boost your immune system. So nosh on some pumpkin or pumpkin seeds for your next snack!
Have you tried any of these? Do you have any other pumpkin beauty recipes? Tell us in the comments!