Pumpkin facial masks and body scrubs

When October rolls around you know that pumpkins are going to start appearing on our tables and around our homes as we also start carving jack-o'-lanternsfor Halloween.

Pumpkins are rich in vitamins like A, C and E, and contain antioxidant carotenoids, alpha and beta-carotenes, and lots of minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron and is low in calories.

There are dozens and dozens of recipes on how to boil, bake, steam or roast pumpkins, but did you know that this wonderful and brightly colored vegetable can also helpnourish and brighten the complexion, heal skin and maintain and repair skin tissue?

Pumpkins can be used to create your own homemade facial mask and body treatments and pumpkin peels can even help with breakouts and acne problems, and it also lightens skin tone.

Here are few simple recipes for facial and body treatments that you can try at home using either fresh pumpkin or canned pumpkin puree, but we’d opt for the fresh version so you can really get all the natural benefits.

Pumpkin facial mask

  • 2 teaspoons cooked or canned pumpkin, pureed
  • One-half teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon heavy whipping cream or ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • (And if you also want to exfoliate you can also add a ½ teaspoon brown sugar)

Mix all ingredients together into a paste and apply to face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Pumpkin Honey Mask

  • A few tablespoons of pureed pumpkin
  • 1 whipped egg white
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Apply and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.

Pumpkin body scrub :

  • 5 -6 teaspoons of pumpkin pulp
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil or 1/2 teaspoon mashed pumpkin seed

Mix together to make a thick paste. Apply for 2-3 minutes, then wash off.

Or you can try this even more delicious smelling, but slightly more complicated to make scrub:

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon clove powder
  • 2 tablespoons oat flakes
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground walnuts

Blend all the ingredients together and apply mixture in a circular motion on damp skin. Leave on five minutes, then rinse off well.

Whatever recipe you choose, you'll find yourself with softer and more glowing skin.

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