Pumpkin: A Multi-Faceted Fall Staple

By: Julie Proszynski

With holiday-themed goodies beginning to pop up at every turn- don’t be fooled! Fall is NOT over. In fact, this spice-filled season is in full swing, and nothing says autumn quite like pumpkin. While making an amazing pie may be top of mind when it comes to this superfood, imagine the possibilities of using fresh pumpkin to make natural skin care products.

The vitamin-rich gourd is packed with active enzymes, and highly concentrated in natural alpha-hydroxy acids. Now that we are staying cozy indoors and out of the summer sun, it’s an ideal ingredient to boost exfoliation and skin repair. Whether you are looking for hydration or purification, the skin care treatments below can remedy a lackluster complexion, and have your skin glowing in time for next seasons holiday parties.

1) Hydrating pumpkin mask

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons fresh pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons raw honey
1 egg, beaten
3 drops- Brazilian Copaiba Superfruit Oil by Teadora

Process:
Step 1: Combine egg with fresh pumpkin puree
Step 2: Slightly soften honey, then add to pumpkin mixture
Step 3: Add drops of Brazilian Copaiba Superfruit Oil
Step 4: Apply mask to clean skin and let set for 15 minutes

Why This Works:

Pumpkin enzymes loosen and exfoliate dull skin leftover from summer. Eggs nourish and hydrate, while the raw honey moisturizes and lightens stubborn dark spots. The superfruit oil heals the skin’s barrier, and has anti-inflammatory properties making it ideal for acneic and aging concerns.

2) Pumpkin spice latte body scrub

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons coffee grounds
1 tablespoon raw honey
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder


Process:
Step 1: Mix the pumpkin puree, coffee grounds, and raw honey
Step 2: Sprinkle in cinnamon powder, stir to combine

Step 3: Apply scrub, and massage onto skin in circular motion
Step 4: Rinse off with lukewarm water

Step 5: Moisturize any area scrubbed

*we love using Brazilian Dual Superfruit Power Oil by Teadora

Why This Works:
The enzymes and vitamins in pumpkin, combined with coarse coffee grounds and caffeine help scrub away dead skin cells. Cinnamon stimulates the skin, and honey acts as a natural humectant, drawing moisture to the skin. Your skin will be smooth, hydrated and glowing.

3) Pumpkin clay mask

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon fresh pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon raw honey
1/2 teaspoon Red Brazilian Kaolin Clay by Teadora
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Process:
Step 1: Combine pumpkin puree and clay
Step 2: Add raw honey to the mixture, mix well to form a paste
Step 3: Add cinnamon
Step 4: Apply mask to clean skin, and let set for 5-10 minutes

Why This Works:
Red Kaolin clay is naturally exfoliating, soothing and brightening. Honey leaves your skin feeling softer and nourished. Cinnamon boosts circulation, and helps reduce acne-causing bacteria. If you have more sensitive prone skin, omit the cinnamon.