Beauty Tricks and DIY Recipes Using Pumpkin to Treat the Skin This Halloween
October 17, 2017
For most of the world, October marks the beginning of the fourth season of the year—fall. But as autumn leaves start to drift by our windows, jack-o'-lanterns begin appearing on our doorsteps, our co-workers' desks, and in magazines as we welcome the age-old holiday, Halloween. During this month, pumpkins sell like hotcakes: they become the most requested fruit, at least in the United States where Halloween is an important cultural and commercial holiday. While it is undoubtedly true that pumpkins make for great scary faces and tasty lattes, most people are unaware of the surprising benefits this orange fruit has for your skin.
The advantages of using pumpkin on your skin are well known by dermatologists. The fruit has vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, and many other nutrients that soothe the skin. According to the International Dermal Institute, pumpkins can act as an antioxidant that protects skin, treats acne, regulates sebum, and deals with aging or pigmentation. Though you probably don't need any more reasons to turn pumpkin carving time into a spa time, there are many more benefits of using pumpkin on your skin. The pumpkin leftovers you have at home can help you prepare for your next waxing appointment. The moisturizing, exfoliating, and cleansing properties of pumpkin make it the ideal fruit for do-it-yourself pre-waxing care routines.
Here's a compilation of easy-to-make, pumpkin-based beauty recipes to pamper, calm, or rejuvenate your skin. Pumpkin can help you out in more ways than you might have imagined, whether you're looking to moisturize, cleanse, or exfoliate.
- Face Mask to Clean Your Skin This Halloween
An all-natural face mask might be all your face needs to feel fresh and rejuvenated. If you have some pumpkin leftovers, this recipe created by Dominican-American fashion model Cris Urena for Allure magazine is easy, fast, and will clean your face, neck, and chest. This treatment will keep your face unwrinkled and smooth while also reducing the chances of having clogged pores or blackheads after eyebrow, upper-lip, neck, or cheek waxing.
- Ingredients: pumpkin puree, eggs, lemon juice or vinegar, organic honey.
- Time for application: 15–20 minutes.
- Benefits: detoxifies, reduces oil production and inflammation, shrinks pores, prevents wrinkles.
As every esthetician knows, exfoliation is key to preparing the body for waxing and preventing ingrown hairs. Why? Dead skin cells sometimes build up, creating a layer that keeps hair from growing naturally towards the surface of the skin. Regular exfoliation prevents this uncomfortable and even painful side effect. Kristin Marr, a blogger and author of several ebooks on healthy living, created a recipe for a pumpkin-based body scrub to relax and remove dead cells from your skin—a great way to exfoliate this fall!
- Ingredients: white sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, vitamin E oil.
- Time for application: 2–5 minutes.
- Benefits: prevents aging, removes dead skin cells, nourishes skin with vitamins.
Getting a wax when your skin feels dry and chapped is probably not a good idea. The chances are the procedure will hurt more than usual and blood spots might appear. Staying away from dry skin is easy though: you only need to hydrate your skin every day. Here's a recipe for a body butter that is made to have the sweet scent of pumpkin and that can keep your skin smooth during these usually dry months.
- Ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil, canned pumpkin, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, vanilla, and vitamin E oil.
- Time for application: twice a day, mostly on areas that feel dry and rough.
- Benefits: boots collagen, nourishes your skin with vitamins, soothes and hydrates skin, prevents dryness.
Lotions, butters, and tonics are great for maintaining healthy skin, but nutrition also plays a big part in this process—what and how you eat will show on your skin. The healthier you eat, the better your skin will look. How can we drink or eat pumpkin so our skin looks more radiant? We have found several recipes online, but this smoothie published on Skincare.com will work wonders. You can make this smoothie if you want to add a great source of nutrients to your breakfast or your snack between meals.
- Ingredients: banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger powder, peanut butter, pumpkin puree, almond milk.
- Time for preparation: 8–10 minutes.
- Benefits: great source of nutrients for the skin and body (vitamin C and carotenoids). The potassium from the banana helps keep skin moisturized and hydrated internally.
Saying that pre-waxing care is essential for achieving good results during a waxing session is not an overstatement. Our skin's condition when we arrive at the salon for a waxing appointment will affect, for better or worse, how the procedure goes. It's the duty of estheticians to educate their clients about the importance of skincare and make it fun by teaching them seasonally themed, interesting creams or tasty bites.
If you are a licensed esthetician and you have clients who want to take care of their skin but are not quite fond of DIY procedures, you can offer them Beauty Image's pre-waxing care products. We have everything from scented lotions to revitalizing tonics for clients to use at home between waxing sessions. We invite you to browse our online store and discover the wide array of products you can offer at your spa or beauty business. For more information about Beauty Image, our products, or our payment methods, call us at TOLL FREE 1-888-513-8815 or fill out our contact form on this website.
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