I love everything about Halloween. The colder nights, the lovely Autumn colours, fancy dress and of course I love to carve a pumpkin. Pumpkin carving is great fun but what else can you do with pumpkins other than eat it?
I have been searching the web for things to do with pumpkins when Halloween is over. I have always preferred to use natural products so was amazed when I found out about the benefits of pumpkin.
Did you know?
Pumpkins are full of vitamins A, C and E, which are all known for beauty benefits. Vitamin A has awesome anti-ageing properties, Vitamin C is great for evening out skin tone, and Vitamin E has moisturising benefits to fight dry skin or hair, Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which help to brighten and smooth the skin according to The International Dermal Institute they naturally exfoliate your skin, reduce wrinkles and give you a glowing complexion. So how can we add pumpkin to our beauty regime?
Where to start?
Most beauty recipes ask you to add Pumpkin puree. Below is an easy to follow method of how to make pumpkin puree.
- Slice open the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds.
- Cut the pumpkin into large (approximately 2 inch) cubes.
- Put the cubes into your saucepan and cover with water like you would potatoes. You don’t need to add any seasonings
- Boil, covered, for an hour but check around 30 mins. You want the pumpkin pieces to be fork-tender.
- Once cooked, remove the pieces from the pan. Piece by piece with peel on add to a blender. Add some water from the pot for extra liquid.
- Blend to an even consistency. Let the puree cool to room temperature before applying using.
How can we add it to our beauty regime?
1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil, 3 tablespoons sugar.
Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and mix together to make a thick paste. Apply it on your face and gently scrub using circular motions. Rinse off after 2 minutes with lukewarm water.
Pumpkin spice Face Mask
Two teaspoons of pumpkin puree, 1/2 teaspoon honey, 1/2 teaspoon milk and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (Leave out the cinnamon if you have sensitive skin).
Mix ingredients together, apply the mixture to your face for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Reveal beautifully moisturised skin.
Skin rejuvenating body scrub
1/4 cup pumpkin puree, 1/4 cup brown sugar
Combine both ingredients in a bowl. Apply the mixture to your body using circular motions and wash off with warm water.
Salt foot scrub
1/2 cup pumpkin puree with 2 tablespoons olive oil and enough salt to make a paste.
Apply to your feet (over a bowl or in the bath) massage well and rinse with warm water. Using salt gives more exfoliation than sugar this scrub will help if you are suffering from dry skin or callouses.
So there you have it, pumpkins are not just for carving or eating! Why not try these simple beauty recipes and see for yourself why using food in your beauty regime is better for you!
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