October’s in full swing and so are the fall vibes. The air is getting cooler, the trees are growing more beautiful, and our clothing is getting comfier. All of which can only mean one thing: pumpkin everything is back!
But these delicious winter squashes aren’t just for spiced lattes, baked goods, and front porches—they’re packed full of skin-benefiting nutrients, too. Pumpkins contain vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene, all known to boost skin health and fight aging. Vitamin C, for instance, brightens skin and triggers collagen production, which helps keep our skin firm and smooth. Vitamins A, E, and beta-carotene help even skin tone and reduce blemishes, too, but they also protect our skin against sun damage, which is a major cause of drier, older-looking skin.
To help you harness pumpkin’s beautifying effects this season, we’re sharing two of our favorite fall recipes below: a luxurious and nourishing pumpkin-based face mask, and a refreshing, yummy-smelling body scrub! And because they include immortelle oil (aka Helichrysum italicum), both the face mask and scrub help fight aging, wrinkles, blemishes, inflammation, and stress!
Ingredients: 2 whole small organic pumpkins
Both recipes below require pumpkin puree as a base. Of course, you could just run out and grab a can of organic puree from your local market, or—and this is way more fun and seasonal—you can make your own pumpkin puree at home!
Start by thoroughly washing your pumpkins, removing their stems, and cutting them in half. Use a spoon to scrape out all the seeds and that stringy, yucky pulp. Next, place the pumpkin halves meat-down onto a baking sheet and roast them in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes to an hour until they’re fork tender. Then, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.
After peeling off the skin, throw your roasted pumpkin pieces into a food processor or blender. Blend until there are no longer any chunks. If your puree seems too dry, just add a tablespoon of filtered water, one at a time, and mix until it’s smooth and creamy.
Voila—you did it! Now you’re ready to make your own pumpkin face mask or body scrub.
Fun Tip: You can save your pumpkin seeds for a tasty, healthy snack for later. Just rinse the seeds in a strainer, pat dry them dry, drizzle with olive or avocado oil, a dash of salt and pepper, and cook them on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for approx. 20 mins until light golden-brown.
¼ cup organic pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon raw honey
3 drops immortelle essential oil
Now that you’ve made organic pumpkin puree, the rest is a piece of cake. Just place the above ingredients in a bowl, mix well, and you’re ready to apply.
After carefully washing your face (remember: aggressive motions that pull at the skin can cause damage), evenly apply the mixture all over, avoiding the skin just around your eyes. All that’s left is to sit back, relax, and let the mask do its magic for up to 20 minutes. Gently rinse off the mask when you’re done. For best results, we suggest using masks 2-3 times a week. Don’t forget to cleanse, tone, apply facial serum, and moisturize after using a face mask.
If you have any of the pumpkin mask mixture left over, simply store it in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 7 days.
¾ cup organic pumpkin puree
½ cup salt or sugar
6 drops immortelle essential oil
Like with the face mask, since you’ve already mixed up the necessary puree, making your pumpkin scrub will take no time at all.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, mix thoroughly, and that’s it. Now you’ve got a natural pumpkin exfoliant for your face and body! To really jump into the fall spirit, try adding a few sprinkles of cinnamon and nutmeg for that warm, nostalgic pumpkin spice smell.
To use your new DIY pumpkin scrub, gently rub it on areas in need of exfoliating and rinse it off when you’re done. Because your new pumpkin scrub is natural, it doubles as an excellent lip exfoliator, too. Hello softer, fuller-looking lips!
Remember not to overdo it, you really only need to exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Lastly, make sure to thoroughly moisturize after exfoliating. Refrigerate leftovers in an air-tight container between uses for up to a week.