If you did Halloween right, then it’s probably safe to assume that you’ve got more than a few bowls worth of pumpkin left over sitting pretty in your kitchen fridge! Of course, with Thanksgiving also coming up, there is only going to be more added to the pile, so rather than throwing any excess away, why don’t you add it to your beauty routine instead! It might sound weird to start with, but trust me, there are plenty of great things that you can do. Here are five ways to use leftover pumpkin in your beauty routine.
1. Body Scrub
You can make a great body scrub with pumpkin as the main ingredient. All you need is about a quarter of a cup of pureed pumpkin, one cup of sugar and an optional teaspoon of nutmeg and cinnamon for festive fun! It will provide wonderful exfoliation for your skin, and will smell so good that you’ll want to lick it off!
2. Face Mask
Who doesn’t love a good face mask every now and then? What you need is a quarter cup of pumpkin puree, one whole egg and a teaspoon of honey if you have dry skin or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar if you have oily skin. Slather that lovely mixture all over your face and leave it for a while. You’ll really notice a brightening and nourishment.
3. Hair Mask
It’s not just your face that could do with a pumpkin mask! To help with dry and brittle ends and to restore natural bounce and shine, you need to mix 2 oz raw pumpkin, 2 pz raw shea butte, 2 oz coconut oil, 1 oz olive oil and 1 tablespoon of oatmeal powder. Apply and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing out.
4. Facial Exfoliator
It’s not the same as the body scrub, because a facial exfoliator is a much more gentle composition for thinner, more sensitive areas of the body. Pumpkin can help to make your skin really soft. You need a quarter cup of pureed pumpkin, half cup of brown sugar, half teaspoon of vitamin E oil and an optional half teaspoon of pumpkin spice!
5. Hand Treatment
Your hands make all of these other treatments, so they deserve some TLC too! Get all of that moisturising goodness in this chilly weather with a quarter cup of pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of your choice of oil.