Did you know that pumpkin puree is not only delicious for fall dishes but it can also make you beautiful? Pumpkin has many benefits for your skin and hair which is what makes it so good for you.
Pumpkin is packed with beta carotene, alpha hydroxy acids, zinc, Vitamins A, C, and E. All those benefits work together to brighten and smooth skin, boost collagen, reduce oil and acne, and moisturize. Pair it with a few other kitchen ingredients and you have the makings for beauty treatments that rival a high end salon.
Be sure to get canned pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling for these DIY beauty recipes-organic is safest for using on your skin.
1 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. plain yogurt
¼ tsp. cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
To use: Apply mask to damp face in an upward motion, avoid the eyes.
Allow mask to sit for 20 minutes on your face before rinsing away.
Moisturize as usual.
Some people are sensitive to cinnamon and and it may leave your skin pink, it normally returns to normal after just a few minutes. If you have especially sensitive skin you should omit cinnamon.
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 T. plain yogurt
2 tsp. coconut oil
2 tsp. honey
Combine all ingredients and slather over damp hair beginning at the tips and working your way up. Put your hair up if possible and cover in a shower cap, or bag so your body’s natural heat will help the mixture absorb into your roots.
If you have very long or very thick hair you may want to double the recipe.
Rinse hair, wash and condition as usual.
Repeat once a week.
2 T. pumpkin puree
1 cup granulated sugar
1 T. coconut oil
1 tsp. cinnamon
optional- Vitamin E
Combine all ingredients until well mixed then transfer to an airtight glass jar with a lid.
To use: Apply to damp skin in a circular motion.
Pat dry with a towel.
Store remaining scrub in refrigerator for up to 1 week, 3 if you use vitamin E- it works as a natural preservative and will extend the shelf life.
All of these mixtures can be made up and put in a pretty mason jar with a tag and simple twine bow for gifts- you could easily stack 3-4 oz. mason jars for a coordinated scent gift set. Be sure to let the recipient know that they should be refrigerated and have a short shelf life as they are all natural.
Let’s Discuss: Which one of these Pumpkin Puree Beauty Recipes would you love to try and why?
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