DIY Beauty Treatments Using Pumpkin Puree

    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.

Face Mask:

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.

Hair Mask:

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.

Body Scrub:

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.
Rinse well.

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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Comments

  1. I love pumpkin! I will have to try the face mask- I need something to help sooth my skin as the fall weather comes!

  2. I’m going to try the face mask first. I don’t do that kind of thing nearly enough. I need a freshen-up!

  3. I would love to try the face mask-I would try it with the cinnamon first to see if it affects my sensitive skin. Then I would attempt to whip up the body scrub-I do love body scrubs! And if it all works out for me–I would definitely make up a couple of gifts for friends!

  4. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    These are so cool. I never would have thought to make a face mask out of pumpkin puree, but I want to try it.

  5. I would be eating that face mask if I put it anywhere near my face. That has got to be the best face mask ever.

  6. I’m intrigued by the body scrub and the face mask. I’m guessing that they both smell great.

  7. Pumpkin is so good for hydration! I’d love to try all 3, but that mask especially!

  8. Wow this is pretty awesome I had no idea you could use pumpkin or pumpkin puree for anything like this. I will be trying this!

  9. I didn’t know that it’s good for the skin, too. I will have to try this.

  10. Wow. Sometimes the best beauty aids are just right here in our kitchens. I would want to try the face mask. I think it would be nice and refreshing being an all natural mask.

  11. This is really good to know. I’d love to try that body scrub.

  12. Susan Smith says:

    I never thought of using pumpkin in beauty products, I would make the pumpkin scrub as I love scrubs.

  13. Maryann D. says:

    I love pumpkin and it would make sense to make beauty products out of it since it is so healthy. I would love to make the Body Scrub.

  14. I’ve never thought of using pumpkin to make home beauty treatments – what a great idea!

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