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Pumpkins are delicious. They’re great for making a good old-fashioned pumpkin pie, and they create the best scary Halloween jack-o-lanterns! But did you know you can also use pumpkin beauty recipes in your daily skincare routine? Pumpkins are packed with goodness, including a variety of vitamins which your skin and hair will happily drink up. Here are some top ideas for making your own pumpkin-inspired beauty products.

Why Pumpkin?

As well as being delicious, pumpkins contains some essential vitamins and minerals which not only help your body, but can work wonders on your skin too. Pumpkins are full of alpha-hydroxy acids, antioxidants, vitamin A and C as well as natural UV protection. This combination of essential properties can make skin rich in moisture, clean and clear, as well as gently exfoliated. Now for some DIY pumpkin beauty recipes.

Here are our favorite pumpkin beauty recipes to get you ready for fall.

Pumpkin Honey Face Mask

To make the ultimate luxury face mask, purée a few tablespoons of pumpkin and mix it with one whipped egg white. The egg content works on fine lines and wrinkles, as well as closing open pores. The pumpkin promotes the renewal of cells. Then add 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt and 1 tablespoon of honey. Honey has properties that work on acne or red skin. Once it’s prepared, apply it to the skin and leave for ten minutes before rinsing.

Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm

Craft yourself a gorgeous lip balm. All you need is ¼ teaspoon of pumpkin spice mix, a sprinkle of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of petroleum jelly, a small chunk of lipstick and a container.

Melt down the petroleum jelly and lipstick. Then, when it’s a liquid, add the spice mix and stir it together. Then transfer to the lip gloss container and refrigerate for about twenty minutes.

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub Cubes

A sugar scrub makes for a great body and face exfoliator. All you need to make this at home is a cup of white or brown sugar, 1/4 cup of coconut oil, ½ cup of grated soap, a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of pumpkin juice. Melt down the oil and soap in a microwave. Then add in the rest of the ingredients and stir. Let it set in a mold and cool down before use.

Pumpkin Body Mask

Is there anything more luxurious than a body mask? To make your own using pumpkin, mix together ½ cup of cold pressed coconut oil, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 cup pumpkin puree. This body mask moisturizes and cleanses, exfoliating skin cells and killing bacteria. It should be applied generously and worked into the skin for the best results. After ten minutes it can be rinsed off, leaving smooth and nourished skin.

Pumpkin Hair Mask

Pumpkin is great for tired, straw-like hair. To make an ingenious hair mask, simply blend together 1 cup of pumpkin purée with 1/4 cup of coconut oil. Apply to hair, focusing on the roots and tips, and cover it with either aluminum foil or a shower cap. After thirty minutes, rinse with shampoo.

Pumpkins aren’t just for eating! You can use these pumpkin beauty recipes in your everyday skin and hair routine for the most nourished and moisturized appearance. It’s never been so easy and cost effective to achieve glamorous, salon-quality results from the comforts of your own home.