Brighten Up Your Skin This Fall with Pumpkin Sugar Scrub Recipe (You are SO Going to LOVE This!) Plus, the Benefits of Pumpkin
Well, I made some pumpkin soap the other day...and I made some pumpkin soup, too. But I still had some yummy pumpkin puree' left over between those two projects. I was thinking about giving the rest of it to my dogs, but then....I wondered if the leftover puree would be good for my skin. So...I decided, "Why not try out a Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub?" So. I did.
Here is the recipe, which I am sharing with you because it turned out to be pretty amazing, if I say so myself.
For this recipe (which is SO simple), I used a touch of vanilla extract to give it that little extra something. You can find out how to make your own homemade vanilla extract here, if you want. What's so funny is every single thing in this recipe is edible. Plus, it smells fabulous!
This is a perfect scrub to make if you are having some girlfriends or family members over and decide to have a beauty time. OR, if you just want to relax yourself---this will put you in a delicious lull. Your skin will thank you, too!
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What Benefits Does Pumpkin Have for Your Skin?
But first---I thought I'd check to see if pumpkin is actually good for your skin. Here's what I found out from the International Dermal Institute:
1) Pumpkin helps with skin cell turn over, creating a glowing and bright skin. This is because it's filled with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's) which exfoliate your skin, along with fruit enzymes.
2) It contains the antioxidants vitamins A and C. These both play a role in anti-aging and collagen boosting. Yay!
3) Pumpkins are high in zinc, which turns out is wonderful if you suffer from acne. Zinc also helps heal your skin.
4) Guess what? Vitamin E and fatty acids occur in high levels in pumpkins. This helps maintain the natural sebum on your skin, which is necessary for protection.
5) And finally--did you know that because the molecules in pumpkin mash are so small, they can actually penetrate the skin layers? This helps combat aging and wrinkles. Win!
SCORE! No wonder this scrub made my hands immediately softer and brighter, and even improved Mr. V's. I was seriously wondering about that. I think pumpkin puree is going to become a regular part of my personal beauty regimen. I think a face mask using this scrub would be perfect!
Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub Recipe
Ingredients for the Scrub:
*** 1 1/2 tbsp. almond oil
*** 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I may have been a little more generous, as I love spices, and I never measure anything.) **If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, just combine cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. It's ok to mix and match.
*** 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (find out how to make your own)
*** 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
Directions (Could This be Any Easier?)
Step 1) Mix everything together in a bowl.
Step 2) Use. And enjoy. Try not to eat it up!
Note: You can use this as a body scrub, a facial scrub/mask, and even a great scrub for gardener's hands. I've included before and after pics of Mr. V.'s hands (which are terribly filthy when he comes in after working all day outside) so you can see what a wonderful job it does!
Final Thoughts on Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub
I'm sorry this article is not longer, but really, this is how super easy this scrub is to make! Not only is it super simple, it's delicious and smells fabulous too. And, it works. I have nothing left to say---except you should give it a try. Especially if you have leftover pumpkin puree!
Here are some answers to some potential questions you may have about this scrub:
1) How long will it last?
Since this scrub is made with pumpkin puree and has no preservatives, I'd say about a week in the fridge and maybe a day or two on the counter.
2) What is the consistency like?
At first, it's pretty grainy because of the sugar. But I think because it has more moisture in it due to the pumpkin puree, the sugar tends to dissolve after a day or two. I thought this would be a problem, but it still worked great when I cleaned up Mr. V.'s hands!
3) Could you give this scrub as a gift?
If you gave it right away upon making it, it would be a really neat "ready-to-use-right-now" present. However, you really can't expect it to keep. I think this would be a really fun project to do with your daughter, grand daughter, friends, or female member of the family. Actually, some men may just love this too, because it does smell so good!
And now. That's really all I have to say about this! If you have questions I didn't answer, please leave them in the comments section. And you may be interested in these similar articles:
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What do you think? Have you ever made a scrub with a food before? I just love when I accidentally come across something natural that is great for more than just one thing, don't you?
Hugs, Health, and Self-Reliance,