Muffins, cookies, pies, and spice …
But how ’bout pumpkin on your face?
Okay, so that wasn’t my best attempt at rhyming. Try saying it with some sort of accent, maybe?
Not so much.
Anyway, all rhyming aside, I am in a pumpkin state of mind today.
I bet you are, too.
It’s October; we can’t help ourselves.
The obvious delectable dishes creep into our cravings this time of year (think Pumpkin Spice Cookies, for instance), but in my endless quest for pumpkin purposes, I’ve discovered that pumpkin is not only a treat for the tummy, it’s fantastic for the face, also.
No, no, not a pie mushed in the mug (what a waste of a good pie).
I’m suggesting a sumptuously spiced skin scrub prepared with, yes, pumpkin—both the gorgeous orange flesh and the seeds.
According to the International Dermal Institute, the molecular structure of pumpkin is small enough to penetrate deeply into the skin when used topically, so it is perfect for dull complexions, aging skin, and pigmentation. Pumpkin is packed with other topical beauty benefits, too, including:
- fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover to brighten and smooth the skin
- Vitamin A and Vitamin C, antioxidants that help soothe the skin as well as boost collagen production to soften signs of aging
- Vitamin E and Zinc (specifically in pumpkin seeds), which help regulate oil production and aid skin healing
DIY Organic Pumpkin Scrub
- 1 cup puréed organic pumpkin
- 1/4 cup finely ground pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup organic olive oil
- 3 T honey
- 1/8 t each cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and allspice (optional)
Mix ingredients in a lidded jar. Apply the scrub to your face and let it sit for a minute or two to allow dead skin cells to soften. Then, use your fingers to gently scrub your face in small curricular motions, and rinse. Unused scrub can be kept in the refrigerator for about a week.