It’s officially October, the month of everything pumpkin-related, from lattes to perfumes to pies. Did you know being pumpkin-obsessed during this time of year is a good thing for your body and skin? Consider: One cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin provides more than 200% of your daily dose of Vitamin A. Pumpkin is also a solid source of fiber for weight loss; antioxidants, including beta-carotene for cancer prevention; amino acids for serotonin production; potassium for muscle function; and Vitamin C for immunity.
In addition to its nutritional benefits, pumpkin is a well-known skin protector. Free-radical neutralizers found in pumpkin extracts can help keep your skin wrinkle-free, according to Health magazine. The Vitamin C and enzymes found in pumpkin increase cell turnover to brighten and smooth tired skin.
DIY Pumpkin Face Mask Recipe & Instructions
Prep your skin for the winter season. Combat dry patches with a DIY pumpkin face mask that’s sure to soothe parched skin and excite the pumpkin-lover within:
– 2 cups of pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin
– 4 tablespoons of unflavored plain or Greek yogurt
– 4 tablespoons of organic, grade A honey
– 1/3 cup of ground almonds
– 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil
- If using fresh pumpkin, slice and bake in the oven for 45 minutes on 350 degrees F.
- Puree the pumpkin in a food processor, or mash with a spoon if soft enough after baking.
- If you’re using canned pumpkin, simply pour into a bowl and combine with the ingredients listed above. Otherwise, combine all ingredients after pureeing fresh pumpkin slices.
- Wash your face and pat dry before applying the mask.
- Using a spoon or spatula, apply mask directly onto skin. Be careful to avoid the eye area.
- Let sit for at least 15 minutes. The mixture may be runny, so it’s best to lie down and relax while using the mask.
- Wash off the mask with a warm cloth and apply your moisturizer as normal.
- Repeat up to two times a week.
Your mask may tingle, which is normal. If you experience any irritation, you might be experiencing a topical allergic reaction to one of the ingredients, so wash off immediately and contact your dermatologist if irritation doesn’t subside.
Want more Fall-inspired beauty tips? Bookmark Dr. Busso’s blog for skincare recommendations and DIY tips you can create at home!