BY Jess Arnaudin
Pumpkins. Sure they are found in lattes and baked goods, but did you know they can be a sweet smelling addition to your beauty regimen? According to the International Dermal Institute, the small molecular structure of these superfoods allows for deep penetration of nutrients into the skin, helping to combat wrinkles, repair oxidative damage, soften skin, fade hyperpigmentation and boost collagen production.
Who knew the makings of an indulgent at-home beauty treatment can be found right in your pantry or garden? So carve out some time and treat yourself to this all-natural DIY face mask.
Perfect Pumpkin Facial Mask
2 Tbsp. canned pumpkin
natural enzymes helps exfoliate skin; high
in Vitamin A, C and E; boosts collagen
production and soothes skin
1/2 tsp. greek yogurt
contains lactic acid; brightens dullness;
1/2 tsp. raw honey
natural humectant binds moisture to skin cells; antibacterial, antiinflammatory; benefits for rosacea
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
antioxidant and antibacterial properties; boosts circulation; helps heal minor blemishes
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
helps to fade hyperpigmentation from sun damage
Mix ingredients in a small bowl and apply a thin layer to cleansed skin.
Gently massage the mask onto skin with fingertips and leave mask to soak into skin for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry.
For the ultimate at-home pumpkin-inspired facial, finish with 3-4 drops of cold pressed pumpkin seed oil which is rich in omega-3 and 6 essential fatty acids to keep skin supple, soft and moisturized. You can find pumpkin seed oil online or at your local health food store.
Jess Arnaudin is a licensed esthetician at The Beauty Bungalow in St. Petersburg, FL, a boutique spa specializing in organic facial treatments for simply beautiful skin.
Learn more at
beautybungalowspa.com or (727) 656-9096.