Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin. Pumpkin also contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging. The Zinc in pumpkin seeds is great for acne sufferers. Zinc will help control the oil on the skin surface and can assist with healing of sensitive skin.
I save some of the pumpkin from carving them at Halloween by freezing it in bags. It will last quite some time if it's properly sealed. Then I just defrost it when I'm ready to make a skin treatment. I also refrigerate any leftover product to keep it fresh until I use it all.
Pumpkin Spiced Sugar Scrub Squares
This is such a great idea, and you can make good use of those fun ice cube trays you NEVER remember to use! Using them as molds, they make pumpkin spiced sugar scrub shapes and squares of the perfect size. You can also use a muffin tin to make round scrubs.
Mix all ingredients together and fill the molds to shape them and also store them. I pop them in the fridge a bit to set and they are ready to go.
The sugar in this recipe acts as a natural exfoliant for your skin and when you mix that with the antioxidants and enzymes found in the flesh of the pumpkin, you have something that will help fight back against wrinkles and give you a glowing complexion. The old skin cells will be brushed off by the rough sugar and the coconut oil will help to finish things off with a nice, thick, luxurious moisturizer that'll leave you feeling soft for days.
Fall and winter can be rough on skin. This is one of my hands down favorites for fall skin care.
If you want to make an individual face mask, this is what you'll need:
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp milk
1/2 tsp honey
2 tsp's pureed pumpkin
This is more a make-as-you-need kind of recipe as the milk makes it a treatment that won't last much longer than a week or so when it's stored in the fridge. When you're ready to use it though just mix everything together, add to your face, sit back and relax for ten minutes before washing off.
The honey in this recipe is a humectant which means it holds onto moisture. This helps to retain the moisture in the skin on your face while the antioxidants in the pumpkin flesh work their magic on giving the skin cells the nutrients it needs. The milk helps to cool and soothe any problem areas and the cinnamon - that'll work as a natural cleanser although it should be omitted if you have sensitive skin.