Everyone loves pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes, but did you know that the vitamins and enzymes found in pumpkin are highly beneficial to your skin? Pumpkin contains high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc, which soothe irritated skin and provide gentle exfoliation. This winter, use your Thanksgiving pumpkin pie leftover and create a DIY pumpkin face mask to calm your sensitive winter skin.
Moisturizing Pumpkin Face Mask
The cold winter weather can leave your skin dry and flaky. To create a moisturizing face mask, mix ½ cup of pureed pumpkin with 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and honey. The pumpkin reduces redness and inflammation while gently removing dead skin cells, and the honey and olive oil add the perfect amount of moisture to your skin. Leave the DIY pumpkin face mask on for at least 10 minutes for maximum benefits and follow up with your favorite moisturizer to lock in the results.
Anti-Acne Pumpkin Face Mask
If you suffer from oily skin or frequent breakouts, pumpkin’s anti-inflammatory properties will help calm down redness and acne. To create a mask-scrub hybrid for acne-prone skin, mix ½ cup of pureed pumpkin with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 3-5 tablespoons of brown sugar. While you allow the DIY pumpkin face mask to sit on your skin for 10 minutes, the apple cider vinegar and pumpkin will reduce redness and swelling to make acne less severe, and the brown sugar will add an extra bit of exfoliation as you wash the face mask off your face.
Anti-Aging Pumpkin Face Mask
In this anti-aging DIY pumpkin face mask, pumpkin, yogurt, and egg whites combine to give your skin a glowing and firm appearance. Simply mix ½ cup of pureed pumpkin with 3 tablespoons of yogurt and 1 egg white or 3 tablespoons of liquid egg whites. The pumpkin in the mask works to smooth and refine your skin while the yogurt adds nourishing moisture. The egg whites tighten your skin and reduce the size of pores.
These are just three easy ways to make an at-home DIY pumpkin face mask to treat sensitive winter skin. Let us know in the comments if you have other creative ways to use pumpkin this holiday season.