Monday, October 24, 2011

All About Pumpkin: Pumpkin Facial Scrub

Greetings blog-ett-ers! Let's jump back in to the great uses of the amazing gourd we call pumpkin. Today, I'm going to show you two ways to utilize the vitamins in pumpkin to help your skin. It's also a good excuse to spoil yourself with some left over pumpkin puree. I should admit that I stole both of these ideas from Care2 's 11 Uses For Pumpkin.

First let's cover how pumpkin can benefit your skin. As mentioned when I started this pumpkin venture, pumpkin is chock-full of "good stuff." Below is a nutritional list of what's in pumpkin, and what it means for your skin.

Vitamin C: antioxidant that increases production of collagen, a component in cell growth and repair in your skin
Vitamin E: antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin
Vitamin A: another antioxidant that helps your immune system and create/maintain epithelial cells
Zinc: helps repair cells throughout your body, may also help prevent acne, dandruff & diaper rash
Alpha Carotene: antioxidant; used to make Vitamin A, may slow the aging process
Beta Carotene: antioxidant; also used to make vitamin A, help fight against UV light-caused skin aging
Potassium: increases cell production; without it, skin becomes dry
Lutein: another carotene/ antioxidant; it can increase skin hydration, elasticity and skin lipid content

So now that you know how pumpkin helps your skin, let's see how you can use it! How about a nice pumpkin honey exfoliate? All of these ingredients have great nutritional value for your skin, especially if organic. For it, you'll need :

1 tsp of brewed green tea
2 tsp of pineapple puree
4 Tbs of pumpkin puree
1 Tbs of honey
2 tsp aloe vera gel
1/2 tsp jojoba oil
6 tsp of yellow cornmeal

Once you have the ingredients, it's a pretty simple recipe, just mix all the said ingredients together. You'll eventually get a mixture that looks like a bona fide facial scrub!
As with any exfoliate, apply a small dab to the forehead, cheeks & chin. Rub the mixture on the skin in a circular motion. Wash off, dry face and apply moisturizer (I will get to that in a moment).
Yep, hair is still purple.
Unfortunately, I did not have enough cornmeal at first (don't worry, I upped it in the recipe), so hopefully your result will look better than mine.


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