The leaves have begun to fall and there’s a nip in the air. Fall is back, and you know what that means: it’s pumpkin season.
Sure, there are pumpkins to pick and carve into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. But in the meantime, there are pumpkin spice lattes to drink, pumpkin muffins to eat, pumpkin candles to light, and even pumpkin-flavored ice cream, if that’s something you’re into.
But as it turns out, the good old pumpkin has more advantages than just its seasonal spookiness, its delicious flavor, and its appealing scent. Pumpkin is good for you, too! According to Livestrong.com, pumpkin puree is a great low-calorie, high-fiber food and is a good source of nutrients like beta-carotene and iron.
Moreover, pumpkin is just as good for our outsides as it is for our insides. Pumpkin boasts a number of ingredients that can help solve problems like dry skin, oily skin, rough skin, and acne.
In all likelihood, aging is also a concern for most women. The aging process typically starts in a woman’s mid-20s to early-30s.
The best course of action for slowing or reversing the signs of aging is to take care of your skin. Moisture is key, not only for making skin look fresher and more youthful, but for avoiding the dry, flaky skin that is indicative of the coming winter weather.
What better way to pamper and care for your skin in this festive fall season than with pumpkin? Here are some ideas and recipes to help incorporate pumpkin into your skincare regimen.
Problem: Oily Skin
Pumpkin Skincare Solution: Pumpkin Face Mask
Two teaspoons pureed pumpkin pulp
One and a half teaspoon honey
One quarter teaspoon milk
One quarter teaspoon apple cider vinegar or cranberry juice
Combine ingredients, apply to face, and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off.
Pumpkin Skincare Solution: Wrinkle-Combating Face Mask with Pumpkin
Two tablespoons pumpkin
One half teaspoon honey
One half teaspoon milk
Apply to a clean face, let set for 20 minutes then wash off with a warm, damp cloth.
Problem: Rough or Inflamed Skin
Pumpkin Skincare Solution: Pumpkin Seed Mask
Raw pumpkin seeds
One teaspoon honey
Peel raw pumpkin seeds and grind with water to create “pumpkin seed milk.” Mix milk and honey and apply to face. Leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing off.
Pumpkin Skincare Solution: Pumpkin Face Rub
Piece of fresh pumpkin
Rub the fresh pumpkin flesh on your face twice a day after washing your face.
Problem: Dry, Flaky Skin
Pumpkin Skincare Solution: Pumpkin Body Scrub
Epsom Salt or brown sugar
Make a rough mix of the pumpkin and salt/sugar. In the shower, rub the scrub on your skin in a circular motion. Rinse off.
Problem: Dry Cracked Heels
Pumpkin Skincare Solution: Deep Moisture Treatment with Pumpkin
Two tablespoons pumpkin puree
Two tablespoons Vaseline
Combine pumpkin and Vaseline, spread on feet. Pull on clean cotton socks and let your heels soften overnight while you sleep.
We certainly don’t need any more reasons to incorporate more pumpkin into our lives in the fall, but at least you can use the health of your skin as an excuse to bust out these recipes. Just try to remember that these are recipes for products to put on your skin, not to eat, no matter how delicious they may smell.
Recipes courtesy of: Becomegorgeous.com, beautylish.com, Natural-HomeRemedies.org, Livestrong.com, Skin Care Recipes and Remedies, Naturally Skinsational: Rejuvenating Skin Care Recipes by Sue Dolan