You spent days, even weeks, planning your fall décor. But what are you going to do when all those pumpkins start to turn? Add them to your skin care routine, of course. Most of these applications involve pumpkin puree. This recipe from Alton Brown is easy as pie.
1.Make a facial mask. Pumpkins are chock-full of fatty acids and antioxidants that promote healthy cell development.
Add ½ cup of your pumpkin puree to a blender or food processor. Add 2 tablespoons of honey and blend, drizzling in olive oil or coconut oil until the mixture is smooth. Apply mixture to skin and let dry for about 10 minutes before rinsing.
2.Snack on pumpkin seeds, in the raw. We typically roast pumpkin seeds in the fall, flavoring them with all manner of spices, but these little morsels have more nutritional value in their uncooked form. Add a few handfuls a day to your diet to give your skin, hair and nails a healthy dose of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
To make your raw pumpkin seeds pack a flavorful punch, soak them in a seasoned brine. We like a Cajun brine. After thoroughly washing your pumpkin seeds, place them in a pot or other food-safe container. Add three cups of water, ¼ cup of your favorite seasoning and ¼ cup of packed brown sugar. (You won’t taste the sugar, but it will help keep the seeds from being too salty.) Soak the seeds in the brine for about 12 hours. Then, drain the seeds and spread them out evenly onto a flat surface to dry. You can use a roasting pan lined with parchment paper and place them in a 150 degree oven until dried, or you can use a food dehydrator to dry them out.
3. Treat your feet. Dry, flaky feet are a common ailment this time of year. The oils in the pumpkin meat and rind will moisturize your feet and heal your heels.
Add ½ cup of your pumpkin puree and an equal amount of your favorite petroleum jelly product or solid coconut oil to your blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Before bedtime, slather the mixture on your feet like a lotion, then cover up with cotton socks and go to sleep. After a few nights, your feet will be perfectly soft.
4.Clear up acne. Pumpkin flesh contains inflammation-reducing enzymes. Grab a hunk raw pumpkin and apply it in a circular motion to any troublesome spots to reduce redness and eliminate the pimple without drying out your skin.
5.Get scrubbing. This concoction packs a one-two-punch for your skin, exfoliating the surface cells and encouraging new healthy cell growth.
Mix ¼ cup of your pumpkin puree with ¼ cup of brown sugar to create natural body scrub. Use the scrub up to three times a week when you shower to keep skin soft and supple.