The weather is getting cooler and the sun is setting early. Fall is here and its time to put away the warm clothes in favor of windbreakers and long pants. With the coming of fall comes one of the world’s favorite seasonal treats: the pumpkin. While you may be gearing up for pumpkin pie, pumpkin stew, or good old fashioned roasted pumpkin seeds there are other ways to use this autumn treat – ways you might never have guessed.
Pumpkin is great addition to your beauty regimen. Seriously!
It may sound crazy but its true. Pumpkins are loaded with antioxidants, which keep free radicals at bay, vitamins like A and C, and minerals such as potassium and copper. The flesh has a moisturizing effect when used in creams and masks. Pumpkin seed oil helps the skin retain moisture. It also helps wounds heal faster and helps acne clear up rapidly.
- Mask for your face: Pumpkins do wonders to soften your skin and keep it looking youthful. Combine a cup of pumpkin, ½ cup of plain yogurt, two tablespoons of brown sugar, and a tablespoon of honey. This sounds good enough to eat!
- Want to exfoliate? Combine pureed pumpkin with brown sugar. This combination will stimulate your skin to release toxins.
- If you want to moisturize your skin, combine pumpkin with coconut oil and ground cinnamon while in the shower. Let it rest on your skin for about 5 minutes before rinsing off.
- Use pumpkin as a hair conditioner to repair dry hair. Combine pumpkin puree, yogurt, honey and coconut oil in a blender and then apply to your hair and scalp. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and let it soak in for about 15 minutes before rinsing.
Pumpkins go far beyond being a superfood. They are as beneficial to the outside of your body as they are to the inside. If you like DIY home products, try one of these recipes. The aromatherapy that these orange beauties provide is benefit alone.