The season of the delicious pumpkins is here, and you already dream of muffins, pies, soups and juices filled with their flavor and sweetness. You have also prepared to fill your pantry with pumpkin puree for the cold season.
But did you know that you can use pumpkin puree for other purposes than just eating it? Pumpkin has a high quantity of vitamin A which is essential in keeping your vision sharp and your skin healthy and beautiful. It also contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant which helps you defy the aging process. So how could you use pureed pumpkin to make your skin glow?
- Body Scrub
By exfoliating your skin, you remove the toxins, dead skin cells, and sebum that clog pores and cause acne. It also helps the skin breath and improves the dry and dark skin areas on your body (ankles, knees, elbows). Combine equal amounts of pumpkin puree and olive oil and add some brown sugar. You now have your homemade body scrub to gently exfoliate your skin.
- Face Exfoliant
The skin on the face is more sensitive so you need to make a more gentle scrub. Mix one cup of pureed pumpkin, half cup of plain yogurt, one tablespoon of raw honey and two tablespoons of brown sugar. Gently massage your face using circular motions for about 10 minutes. Rinse with water and pat dry. Repeat once or twice a week.
- Body Moisturizer
Combine equal amounts of pureed pumpkin with coconut oil. Apply the moisturizer after each shower and massage on the areas where the skin gets very dry. Rinse and pat dry. You will step out of the shower with a soft and glowing skin.
- Hair Softener
Pumpkin also works miracles on your hair. Your hair needs nutrients and vitamins to be shiny and healthy. The same recipe with coconut oil and pureed pumpkin can also be used as a hair mask. After you shampoo and rinse your hair, apply the mask and let it sit for several minutes. Rinse with water and dry your hair as usual.
- Heel Beautifier
The skin on the heels has to go through a lot each day. Dry and cracked heels are very anesthetic and quite hard to get rid of. Massage your heels with a paste made of half a cup of pureed pumpkin, some rock salt and two tablespoons of olive oil. Rinse with lukewarm water and dry your feet.
- Lip Enhancer
The cold season can affect the sensitive skin. The wind and low temperatures might make your lips dry and even cause them to crack. So why not make a lip enhancer from pureed pumpkin? Mix one-quarter teaspoon of brown sugar, coconut oil and pureed pumpkin and gently massage your lips. You are ready to go out and not fear that your lips will be dry anymore.
Now your skin and hair will also enjoy the benefits offered by this delicious vegetable. Also, add it to your diet and give your body the nutrients it needs in the cold season.