We’ve already established that eating pumpkin has numerous health benefits, which aids in beauty from the inside-out. But what about using pumpkin topically?
Here are several ingredients that make pumpkin great for use on the skin:
Vitamin A (retinol): softening, cleansing
Vitamin C: antioxidant, brightening
Zinc: anti-inflammatory, soothing
Enzymes & Antioxidants Similar to Alpha-Hydroxy Acids: exfoliates, draws out impurities
That’s why it’s great for your skin, and here’s how to use it:
1 part pumpkin
1 part sugar
Uh, is that not the easiest body scrub you could ever make? Slather it all over your body in the shower, and rinse clean. Ta-da! Just try not to eat it.
1/2 Cup pumpkin
1/4 Cup yogurt
1 TBS Honey
Slater on face. Leave on for 10 Minutes. Rinse clean. To make it exfoliating, add in some sugar or ground oats.
NOTE: Use fresh pumpkin for best results. Remove the seeds and inside and cut into chunks. Bake or steam until soft enough to mash.
Pumpkin Enzyme Peels
While there are peels you can buy over the counter, like this June Jacob Spa Collection Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Mask, the best benefits will be seen with a professional one. Visit your local esthetician and see if a pumpkin peel is right for you. They’re exfoliating, hydrating, and they improve skin texture and tone.
If you don’t have the time to get crafty, buy products with pumpkin ingredients! Here are some of our favorites.