Celebrate National Pumpkin Day with DIY Face and Body Treats
October 26 is National Pumpkin Day. People across the nation enjoy cake, pie, cookies, bars, pudding, coffee, smoothies, candy, breads. muffins, soups, cheesecake, oatmeal, lasagna and more, all made with delicious pumpkin. What better way to indulge and not load up on calories than by setting aside some me time and pampering yourself with a scrub or mask. Pumpkin flavor of course! Read on for some of my favorites.
Pumpkin Pie Face Scrub
Mix a few tablespoons of cooked and mashed (or canned) pumpkin with 2 tablespoons of plain, unsweetened yogurt (rich in lactic acid, a great natural exfoliator) and 1 tablespoon of ground almonds and/or oats. Apply the scrub to your face and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the pumpkin and yogurt to start to soften dead skin cells before using your fingers to gently scrub your face in small curricular motions. The dead, dull skin cells will wash away and your face will look fresh and flawless!
Pumpkin Body Mask
Mix 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned),
1/2 cup virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil
(which not only moisturizes, but also helps to exfoliate deal cells and even has anti-bacterial properties) and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (which is antioxidant rich, anti-bacterial and smells delicious!). Apply generously to clean skin (in the shower is neatest!) and massage it into the skin. After 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and pat dry – we think this is a perfect body treat to do while you let a deep conditioning hair mask steep!
Pumpkin Honey Facial Mask
Mix a few tablespoons of pureed pumpkin with 1 whipped egg white (which will help tighten pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines), 1 tablespoon plain yogurt (which will help exfoliate) and 1 tablespoon honey (which is anti-bacterial, great for clearing acne). Apply to entire face, avoiding the eye area, and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing. The yogurt and pumpkin will encourage cell-turnover and exfoliate, while the honey has anti-bacterial properties to ensure a fresh face for fall!
Favorite Pumpkin Beauty Product- Pumpkin Seed Renew Serum
I first learned about this product at the Savor The Success conference a couple of years ago and been using it ever since. The Pumpkin Serum gets raves not only for its warm “heavenly” aroma but for making your skin velvety smooth and soft. This organic face oil renews the skin through cellular regeneration and provides intensive repair treatment with Fatty Acids and Vitamins A, C, E, Zinc. It’s an awesome anti-aging organic product.
Here are some Tips + Tricks from founder Angela Jia Kim on how to make the most use of the Pumpkin serum:
- I also love mixing my Truffle face cream with a bit of the serum. Something about putting Truffles, Pumpkin, and Red Raspberries on my face feels so luxurious and nourishing for the skin.
- We have a lot of clients who love dabbing their eyes with the Pumpkin Serum and then the Caviar eye cream. If you do this at nighttime, you can get an extra boost of collagen for beautiful bright eyes in the morning.
- You can also put a tiny dab of both the Pumpkin serum and Caviar eye cream right after putting on your makeup to instantly get rid of those dehydration lines!
However you choose to use your Pumkin Serum your face will thank you and your radiant skin will show.