I always associate pumpkins with holidays like Halloween or Thanksgiving. After cooking, cleaning, and relaxing, I’m wondering what I can do with the leftovers. Every year, I seem to have more and more pumpkin left and every year, I was stuck finding ways to use it. Until now. Did you know that pumpkins are high in minerals and have all the vitamins you need? It’s packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C which helps prevent aging while boosting collagen. The seeds in pumpkins are high in Vitamin E and are great for oily skin. Vitamin B in pumpkins treats acne and help promotes cell renewal while brightening the skin. The best news about it is that it can be used on all skin types.
Since I have dry skin, I create my own pumpkin facial masks. It’s a great start to the fall and winter seasons and I love exfoliating and giving my skin a natural glow. All you need for a facial mask is pumpkin puree, coconut milk, and a little bit of honey. Mix all the ingredients together and start applying to your face. I use a two finger circular motion when applying any scrubs or facial masks because it promotes circulation and improve blood flow. Once applied, you can leave it on your face for about 15 minutes. While it’s drying, I am usually looking for my next recipe with another leftover or finishing off a checklist of mom duties. Rinse with warm water and then use your favorite lotion for moisturizing. Need a recipe for pumpkin puree? Try this:
Rinse pumpkin thoroughly. Cut in half, remove all seeds and fibers, and then discard. Bake in the oven on 350 degrees with 1 cup of water until pumpkin is soft. Once it’s soft, remove from oven and place on counter until completely cool. Once cool, put pumpkin in food processor.
Pumpkin Facial Mask
2 Tablespoons of pumpkin puree
½ teaspoon of coconut milk
½ teaspoon of organic honey
If you want to leave out the coconut milk, use oatmeal instead. Oatmeal is one of the best ingredients for dry skin. If you have acne, this recipe is the best option:
1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree
½ teaspoon of organic raw apple cider vinegar
Mix well and apply to skin as an astringent
If you need to moisturize your body, this simple recipe will do the trick:
½ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup of coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
Mix well and apply to your body. You can leave it on for 10 minutes, rinse, and dry.
There you have it. Pumpkin recipes can be endless with a variety of combinations. The next time you have leftovers, use it to create your perfect body product! What’s you favorite pumpkin recipe above?