It’s pumpkin season so why not really embrace it by using this amazing fruit to beautify the skin? Organic pumpkin puree is easy to find at your local grocery store as is raw honey and when those two ingredients work together, they can do wonders for your skin! Let’s learn how to make a DIY Pumpkin Mask just in time for the holidays!
I’m envisioning a house full of cheer, a lit Christmas tree, warm flannel pjs, a crackling fire, a homemade cup of pumpkin spice latte and a couple generations making a homemade pumpkin mask together. It’s sounds lovely, right? I hope that this is a scene many of you will experience. Homemade masks not only are an affordable and fun way to practice self care-they are often very effective and even a wholesome way to bring women together.
Why do I get so excited about pumpkin skin care, you may ask? Well, pumpkins are full of all your skin needs to thrive…
First, pumpkin has a small molecular structure so it can actually penetrate the skin.
Pumpkin contains enzymes that help to dissolve dry skin cells. It contains vitamin A, alpha and beta-carotenes, vitamins C, K, and E, and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron.
Pumpkin Benefits for the Skin:
- High in Vitamin C-Promotes collagen
- Brightens Skin
- Fades Scars & Age/Sun Spots
- Improves Circulation
- High Zinc-Great for Acne
- Antioxidant Rich to Fight Off Aging
- Contains AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) which Exfoliate & Encourage New Cell Growth!
Pumpkin for Acne
Pumpkin is great for acne skin. Pumpkins contain zinc. Zinc will help control the hormone level and oil production, as well as assist with healing of the skin. It combats inflammation, reduces pore size, controls excess oil and prevents the appearance of pimples, blackheads and blemishes.
Pumpkin for Mature and Sun Damaged Skin
Pumpkin is perfect for damaged skin as well. It is full of Vitamin C and K which help fade sun spots and age spots. It is a potent antioxidant-you know, those little skin soldiers I talk about constantly that combat age accelerating free radicals! The molecular structure of pumpkin is small and can penetrate deeper into the skin when used topically. It works amazingly well for treating a dull complexion, aging skin and pigmentation.
I’ve added raw honey because it is crazy good for your skin! Honey is naturally antibacterial. It works well for people experiencing acne. Honey, like pumpkin is full of antioxidants! It is very moisturizing and great for sensitive skin. Honey actually opens the pores and helps clean the dirt out!
Vitamin E is beneficial in this mask because it is very nourishing and moisturizing to your skin. It repairs and renews damaged skin. It also can increase circulation! In fact, studies have shown that topical application of vitamin E can reduce the sun’s damaging effects on the skin.
More DIY Pumpkin Recipes:
- DIY Pumpkin Scrub
- DIY Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask
- DIY Pumpkin Pie Lip Balm
- Hyaluronic Acid Pumpkin Serum
- Firming Body Oil w/ Pumpkin
- Pumpkin Seed Face Serum
Easy DIY Pumpkin Mask Recipe:
- 1 TBSP. Organic Pumpkin Puree
- 1 tsp. Raw Honey (find it HERE)
- 1 tsp. Vitamin E (find it HERE) *optional*
**If you’re more acne prone, you can replace the vitamin E with apple cider vinegar.**
- Mix all ingredients together until smooth and apply to skin.
- Leave on skin for 15 minutes.
- Rinse with cool water.
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DIY Pro Tip:
If you’re like me and you dislike waste, use the whole can or pumpkin for future masks! I used a 15 ounce can of organic pumpkin puree and 3/4 cup of raw honey. I opted to not add my Vitamin E until I thaw my cube, mainly because I wanted to keep the Vitamin E as fresh as possible. Add to an ice cube tray and freeze. Each cube is one application! Store in freezer for up to 3 months!
Happy Holidays! Jenni