It is pumpkin season and don’t be fooled into thinking that pumpkins are only good for pumpkin pie or Halloween decorations. Pumpkins contain retinoic acid, antioxidants, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, C, and E that you find in the most expensive skincare products. So, if you want skin that naturally glows and looks like it’s full of life, then look no further than a pumpkin.
If you are a Vata skin type with dryer skin that can chap in the winter then this DIY Pumpkin Restorative Mask is for you. That’s because raw honey moisturizes your skin and lightens stubborn dark spots. Frankincense essential oil acts as an astringent that minimizes the appearance of large pores. The eggs nourish, hydrate, and moisturize dull skin. So, if you have dry, flaky skin, which is common for Vatas then egg yolk is a wonderful ingredient to add to a face mask. If you are not sure of your dosha – take my dosha quiz here.
Vata Pumpkin Restorative Mask
2 tablespoons fresh pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons raw honey
3 drops of frankincense essential oil
Beat an egg and mix it with fresh pumpkin puree.
Add two teaspoons of raw honey and blend the ingredients well.
Add the frankincense essential oil to this mixture.
Apply the mask to clean skin and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
Gently remove with warm water
If you have a Pitta skin that is subject to ruddiness, flushing and an oily T-zone with the odd pimple then this Pumpkin and Walnut Scrub is for you. The enzymes and vitamins in pumpkin, combined with the walnut powder and yogurt, help scrub away dead skin cells to reveal fresh glowing skin underneath. Honey is a natural humectant and has antimicrobial qualities which means it draws moisture to your skin and helps with that odd break-out.
Pitta Pumpkin and Walnut Scrub
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons finely ground walnuts
1 teaspoon raw honey
1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
⅛ teaspoon cinnamon powder
Mix the pumpkin puree with the finely ground walnuts in a bowl.
Add the honey and Greek yogurt
Add the cinnamon powder and mix well
Apply the scrub to damp skin in a circular motion. Leave on for 5 minutes
Rinse off with cool water.
If you are all Kapha then you have skin on the oilier side, which means you have fewer wrinkles than most people. The downside is you may be prone to clogged pores, baggy eyes, and acne. This Pumpkin Latte Facial Mask is ideal for you as the coffee works as a natural exfoliant to instantly de-puff and rejuvenate your skin. The lactic acid in yogurt helps detoxify dead skin cells leaving your skin fresh, stimulated and glowing.
Kapha Pumpkin Latte Facial Mask
1 tablespoon pureed pumpkin
2 teaspoons plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon ground coffee
½ teaspoon honey
Mix the pureed pumpkin with the ground coffee beans
Add the yogurt and honey and blend all the ingredients
Gently massage your face with this mask and leave on for approximately 10 minutes
Pumpkin is good for you both inside and out. This seasonal superfood that we see mainly on the front porch of most houses this time of year can do wonders for your health and skin. So go grab your pumpkin and give your skin a treat!
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