Here's an important PSA: Pumpkin is crazy good for you. It's chock-full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It's just that, unfortunately, we don't always consume the healthiest of pumpkin-inspired recipes. Yes, we're referring to the notorious PSL. Pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread also need not apply.
So how can we soak up more of that pumpkin goodness? As it turns out, very easily. It’s time to start incorporating orange into your beauty routine. Thanks to high levels of beta carotene and vitamin C and E, pumpkin protects your skin against UV damage, free radicals, and premature wrinkles and sagging. As if that’s not reason enough, studies have shown that the yellow-orange pigments, called carotenoids, lend a natural glow to the skin. If pumpkin is the secret to enhancing and/or maintaining tanned skin, we’ll take it.
Here we've assembled a list of the best pumpkin DIY beauty treatments. They will make your skin and hair happy and healthy, despite the looming chill in the air. Keep scrolling to see a list of seven pumpkin recipes to include into your autumn beauty routine.
Pumpkin Face Mask
Aside from all the wonderful benefits of pumpkin, this face mask recipe from Beautylish is super hydrating and even a little exfoliating thanks to the natural humectant quality of the honey and the exfoliating properties of the lactic acid found in the milk, respectively. It literally only takes three ingredients, too, so how can you not try this mask?
2 tbsp. pumpkin purée
1/2 tsp. organic honey
1/2 tsp. milk
Mix the ingredients, apply to clean skin, and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, and your skin will be brand-new.
Pumpkin & Sugar Body Scrub
Aside from the physical exfoliation from the sugar and salt, this body scrub has extra chemical exfoliation powers due to the natural enzymes found in pumpkins. According to Leah Bergman of Freutcake blog, pumpkin enzymes "eat away layers of dead skin cells and rejuvenate skin texture." That's probably why Peter Thomas Roth includes it in his best-selling Pumpkin Enzyme Dermal Resurfacer Mask ($58), which we can say from personal experience is amazing.
1 cup course raw sugar or salt
1/2 cup pure organic pumpkin purée
1 tsp. honey
1 tbsp. sweet almond oil
Simply mix together and store in the refrigerator until you're ready to use.
Pumpkin Bath Bomb
Asia Cintro from the Fun at Home with Kids blog is the DIY queen behind some seriously Insta-worthy bath bombs. The recipe is super quick and easy. Actually, it's crazy how simple the DIY process is considering that it results in totally gift-able bath products. Give them to friends and family along with little Halloween goodies. They'll think they came straight from Lush.
Pumpkin cookie cutter
1.5 cups Baking Soda
1 tbsp. cinnamon
6 tbsp. citric acid powder
2 tsp. olive oil
Combine baking soda and cinnamon, add food coloring and mix. Add citric acid powder, mix again. Finally, add olive oil. Who knew bath bombs were so easy to DIY?
Pumpkin Hair Mask
This hair mask recipe from the blog Naturally Curly is simple yet effective. Coconut oil (aka your hair's best friend) paired with moisturizing honey and pumpkin is sure to breathe life back into your dry and ravaged strands. Side note: It smells amazing. Even if you didn't think you ever wanted your hair to smell like pumpkin, try this mask and you'll be changing your tune.
1/4 pumpkin purée
2 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil
2 tbsp. honey
Combine all three ingredients and apply on clean strands. Cover with a shower cap and sit for 15 minutes. Rinse and style.
Pumpkin Spice Soap
We don't know about you, but we live for fancy soaps. There's nothing more luxurious than using a creamy, moisturizing (and beautifully scented) soap to cleanse your skins from toxins, dirt, and makeup at the end of a long day. Heidi, from Happiness is Homemade blog, promises that this recipe only takes 10 minutes. Its rich ingredients are sure to leave your skin feeling soft and soothed.
Shea butter soap base
Red and yellow soap colorant
Pumpkin pie spice
Microwave safe measuring cup with spout
Melt the soap base in the microwave, mix in the pumpkin pie spice and colorant, then let sit in soap mold for about 30 minutes. Voilà! You have an adorable DIY soap.
Pumpkin Spice Lotion
Susie from Pins and Procrastination dreamed up this simple and all-natural lotion recipe. It just happens to smell exactly like pumpkin pie (and who doesn't want that?). Whip this up and package it in cute mason jars. Bonus points if you add ribbon. It's honestly the easiest way to become the Lauren Conrad of your squad (and again, who doesn't want that?).
1/4 Cup Cocoa Butter
2 tbsp. almond oil
2 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. beeswax
1/8-1/4 tsp. paprika
10 drops cinnamon essential oil
7 drops ginger essential oil
5 drops nutmeg essential oil
2 drops allspice essential oil
2 drops cloves essential oil
Heat the oils, wax, and butter until melted, then add paprika. Place bowl in fridge. When the consistency is almost solid, stir in the essential oils for a minute. Yes, it's decided. We're making this immediately.
Pumpkin Lip Scrub
Erica from Fashion Lush swears by this DIY lip scrub to exfoliate and prep lips for lipstick. Try using it before you apply your lip product on Halloween, so the color will last longer and wear more comfortably. As she said it best, "Putting lipstick on top of chapped lips is like trying to paint an old wood table without sanding it down first, the result is not gonna be pretty." We couldn't agree more.
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Mini mason jars for storage
Simply combine dry ingredients, then add in wet ingredients. It can be stored in room temperature.
Looking for ingredient recommendations? If you don't want to go through the trouble of pureeing your own pumpkin, try Farmer's Market Pumpkin Puree ($3). As far as coconut oil, we can't get enough of Spectrum Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil ($8).
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