The season when most homes smell of mouth-watering pumpkin pies, muffins, soups and others is just around the bend. It’s the time of the year when cans of pumpkin puree fill up pantries. Definitely, it’s far more convenient to simply get your hands on pumpkin puree cans than make one from scratch.
Did you know that you may also employ pureed pumpkin for making yourself look more beautiful other than just for whipping up some delectable season staples?
We all know that pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A — its stunning orange color is a giveaway! It’s no secret that vitamin A is essential for keeping your eyes in a great shape and your vision razor sharp. Because it is an antioxidant, vitamin A also helps keep your skin healthy and looking beautiful. What’s more, pumpkin also contains vitamin C, which is known to be a powerful age-defying antioxidant for your skin. It’s no wonder why pureed pumpkin makes for a wonderful beauty solution, letting you improve your appearance naturally and without spending lots of cash!
Here are some of the most incredible ways you can use pureed pumpkin for beauty:
As a Body Scrub
From time to time, it’s a great idea to exfoliate your skin to make your complexion glow. It also helps improve the appearance of dark and dry areas of the body, like the elbows, knees and ankles. Whip up your own body scrub by combining equal amounts of pureed pumpkin and olive oil. Add some brown sugar into the mix. Gently massage the resulting exfoliating slurry all over your body while in the shower.
As a Face Exfoliant
Exfoliating your face once or twice a week helps ward off dull-looking complexion. You can come up with your very own gentle exfoliant for the face by combining the following ingredients: 1 cup of pumpkin, 1/2 cup of plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of raw honey. Gently massage on your face with your fingertips. Use small circular strokes. After 10 minutes, rinse off with lukewarm water, and then gently pat dry.
As a Body Moisturizer
In a small plastic bowl, combine equal parts of pumpkin puree and coconut oil. Step foot in the bathroom and take a shower. After soaping and rinsing your body, spread the mixture of pumpkin puree and coconut oil all over. Have the mixture massaged really well on areas of the body that tend to get excessively dry. After a few minutes, give your body one more rinsing, pat dry and step out of the shower with velvety skin.
As a Hair Softener
Supplying your scalp with loads of vitamin A helps make your mane a complete standout. The same beauty recipe above that combines pumpkin puree and coconut oil may also be used as a hair mask. After shampooing, massage it on your scalp as well as hair. Leave it there for a few minutes to give the ingredients plenty of time to weave their magic. Thoroughly wash off with water. Your tresses will wow everyone once they’re dry!
As a Heel Beautifier
Spending several hours wearing pumps can be bad for your heels. Definitely, there is nothing pretty about dry and cracked heels. Calluses can make things worse! You can count on pureed pumpkin to keep yourself from feeling embarrassed when it’s time to go barefoot. Just massage a mix of 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and some rock salt on problem areas. Wash off with lukewarm water and dry your feet thoroughly.
As a Lip Enhancer
Do your lips love all sorts of treats out of pumpkin? Well it, will surely adore a lip enhancer made from pureed pumpkin! Especially during this time of the year when the air gets colder and colder, your lips need all the hydrating and exfoliating they can get. Simply combine 1/4 teaspoon of each ingredient: pureed pumpkin, coconut oil and brown sugar. Gently massage on your lips using the tip of your pinkie finger. Lick off. Smile or pucker up!