If you prefer to take care of your beauty in a natural way, in autumn and winter you can choose pumpkin. In this way you will have at your disposal low-cost do-it-yourself cosmetics prepared with beneficial ingredients, without having to read the labels.
If you have boiled the pumpkin or baked it in the oven and steamed for dinner, or if you have leftovers at hand, you can keep aside some pieces to crush or blend to get a pumpkin puree that you will use as a base to make your natural cosmetics.
The most useful and easiest preparations to create in winter with pumpkin are face masks and scrubs. Consider the recipes that we suggest above all as ideas to recycle leftovers or to prepare safe and anti-waste natural remedies at home.
Here are some pumpkin-based beauty recipes to experiment with. Always prepare these natural remedies in small quantities to be immediately used and in case of leftovers put them in the refrigerator for one or two days at the most before using them (the recipes indicated are without added preservatives).
1) Rejuvenating body scrub
Here is an useful scrub to eliminate dead cells and to promote the regeneration of body skin. Simply add the pumpkin puree and brown sugar in the same amount of volume in a small bowl. Try, for example, using a coffee cup of pumpkin puree and a coffee cup of brown sugar. Mix everything well, then apply and massage the scrub along the body with a little warm water before taking a shower.
2) Nourishing body remedy
Mix ½ cup (or 1 cup of coffee) of pumpkin puree and ½ cup of the solid part taken from a can of coconut milk after preserving it in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Also add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, stir or blend until you get a creamy consistency. Apply to the skin of the body, especially on areas that need more nourishment, and let it act for 15 minutes before taking a shower.
3) Pumpkin hair mask
Mix ½ cup of pumpkin puree (or more, depending on the length of the hair), 4 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply the mixture to your hair and wear a shower cap. Leave it for 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water and then have a normal shampoo.
4) Pumpkin pedicure
A remedy to keep the feet soft is prepared with 1 coffee cup of pumpkin puree, 1 egg and ½ teaspoon of honey. Blend all the ingredients and apply the mixture well on feet and heels. Leave it for a few minutes, even up to 15 minutes, before doing a nice foot bath with lukewarm water.
5) Face mask for all skin types
With the pumpkin you can prepare a face mask suitable for all skin types. Simply mix 1 coffee cup of pureed pumpkin pulp with 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of honey and ½ glass of yogurt. Apply to the face and neck, leave it for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water, as suggested by the dermatologist Dr. Ted Lain.
6) Face mask for dry skin
If you want to prepare a face mask for dry skin, mix 1 coffee cup of pumpkin puree with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of honey. Blend the ingredients until you obtain a creamy mixture. Apply to the face and leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
7)Fast lip exfoliant
To quickly prepare a natural remedy to exfoliate the lips mix 1 teaspoon of pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of honey. Gently massage the lips and then rinse.
8) Compress for dry and chapped hands
To revitalize the skin of dry and chapped hands, mix 1 coffee cup of pumpkin puree with 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil or extra-virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply to hands, leave it for a few minutes and then rinse with warm water.
9) Pumpkin and apple face compress
To prepare a regenerating facial compress, blend ½ green apple cut into wedges with 1 coffee cup of pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 pinch of cinnamon and 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk (also vegetable). Blend until you get a creamy mixture easy to apply on the face and leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
10) Pumpkin face scrub
Finally, here is a simple recipe: mix 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree with 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of almond flour or brown sugar, or ground oat flakes. Apply to the face with delicacy by making circular movements to exfoliate the skin and then rinse with warm water.