It's that time of year when the whole world has gone mad for pumpkin everything. Pumpkin spice lattes, roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie... But, pumpkin is not just for delicious holiday treats. It's a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes making it a nutritional powerhouse as well as a fantastic skin care ingredient. The enzymes are particularly great for exfoliation making pumpkin ideal for masks, scrubs, and peels. For 20 awesome products with pumpkin, visit my roundup on Babble. If you prefer a somewhat messier but fun DIY alternative, I've created a mask you can whip up in your kitchen in just a couple minutes. With the leftover pumpkin be sure to make my healthy and delicious pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.
Find the DIY Pumpkin Mask recipe and benefits are after the jump.
DIY Pumpkin Mask
You will need:
1. Gather your ingredients & utensils.
Pumpkin is rich in antioxidant vitamins A, K, and C and minerals such as copper, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Zinc is especially great for warding off acne breakouts. Pumpkin is also rich with natural enzymes that work as exfoliants by breaking down the intercellular glue that holds dull, dead skin cells together.
Greek yogurt contains lactic acid, which is a very gentle exfoliant and nourishes skin.
Egg whites draw out impurities and tighten skin. They are great for firming. Egg yolks are moisturizing, so if your skin is very dry, you can whisk a whole egg and use 1 T in place of just the egg white.