5 Unexpected Beauty Uses for Pumpkins
It's fall and the pumpkins are finally in season. While I love to eat pumpkin prepared as soups or pies, pumpkin flesh is full of zinc, potassium and vitamins A, C and E, which makes it super healthy for your body and for your skin!
As you carve your pumpkins and shop for seasonal produce, consider setting aside some of the gooey insides or adding an extra pumpkin to your shopping basket for an easy, inexpensive at-home beauty boost to detoxify from inside and out.
1. Honeyed Pumpkin Face Mask
Ingredients: 2 tbsp of pureed pumpkin flesh, 1 egg white (whipped), 1 tbsp plain yogurt, 1 tbsp of honey
Apply to your face and neck in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Relax for up to 15 minutes and allow all that pumpkin goodness to nourish your skin. Bonus: it smells yummy, too!
2. Pumpkin Pie Face Scrub
Ingredients: 2 tbsp of pureed pumpkin flesh, 1 tbsp plain yogurt, 1 tbsp of ground almonds or oats, a dash of cinnamon and/or nutmeg.
Apply to your face and neck and allow to set for 1-2 minutes, avoiding the eye area. During this time the lactic acid in the yogurt will soften dead skin cells, making exfoliation easier. Then wet your hands and use your fingers to gently exfoliate your skin in circular motions, rinsing well.
3. Brown Sugar Pumpkin Body Scrub
Ingredients: 1 cup of pureed pumpkin, 1 cup of brown sugar (can also substitute raw cane sugar or any coarse sugar), 1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
Mix together with a spoon, and apply using your hands or even a washcloth. For best results, allow your skin to warm up in the bath or shower for a couple of minutes prior to application. Rinse well.
4. Pumpkin Pie Detox Smoothie
Ingredients (for 2 persons):
Handful of ice cubes
½ cup of pumpkin puree (reduce to ¼ cup for a thinner smoothie)
1/2 frozen or fresh banana
1 tbsp honey
¾ cup milk
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of vanilla extract
pinch each of nutmeg, cardamom and sea salt
1 tbsp flaxseed (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth.
5. Pumpkin Detox Soup
Ingredients (for 4 persons):
1 medium pumpkin
2 celery stalks
2 large onions (finely chopped)
1 red chilli pepper or 1 tsp chili powder
2 cm fresh ginger (finely chopped)
3-5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
2 tsp of curry powder and/or turmeric (optional)
Cut the leaves from the celery stalk and keep them for decoration of the soup later on if you want. Finely chop the celery stalk.
Clean the pumpkin and cut in cubes. Clean the red chili pepper (remove the seeds and cut in small stripes). Heat a big soup pan and sautée the onions, celery and carrots for 2 minutes using coconut oil (just enough to coat). Add the pumpkin cubes, chili pepper, ginger and garlic along with 750ml of water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for about 25 minutes or until the pumpkin is cooked and can easily be pierced with a fork. Mash or blend the soup in the pan or a blender. Add salt and pepper to your liking and for extra anti-inflammatory benefits feel free to add some curry powder or turmeric.
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