November 12 2018 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
Autumn decor and pumpkin spice lattes have taken over. So, it’s time to get your skin back into shape from the summer heat damage.
You may be wondering what "magic" pumpkin can do for your skin care regimen...well it smells oh so good and includes many properties that are actually good for your skin. Pumpkin is packed with vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, vitamin C, E and beta-carotene. When used topically, it promotes healthy skin and hair.
DIY Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub Ingredients
Finely ground sugar, a natural humectant; helps the skin retain moisture while providing a gentle exfoliant. Coconut oil has many benefits for the skin. In your natural DIY scrub, it’s for moisturizing the skin. Lastly, cinnamon helps stimulate blood vessels and bring blood to the surface of the skin, resulting in plumper skin with a healthy glow. The best part about this body scrub it that you probably have all the ingredients sitting in your pantry. So, you can exfoliate and moisturize with this amazing homemade scrub.
Pumpkins also contain high amounts of vitamin K, calcium, magnesium phosphorous and potassium. Pumpkins are also a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which combat dry cold weather skin, reduce inflammation and prevent cells from dehydrating.
Pumpkin also contains naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids, or AHA’s. Many modern skincare lines have incorporated AHA’s into their product because of their amazing skin benefits. These help to remove the top layer of dead skin and can be applied at high concentrations by a trained cosmetologist.
So, what makes these little things so amazing? AHA’s combat acne while helping fade acne scars and skin blemishes. They also stimulate firmer skin to fight fine lines and wrinkles, which also will even skin tone and moisturize even the driest of skin.
Coconut oil can do some awesome things for your skin in combination to pumpkin. It has antibacterial and antioxidant properties to help fight those dreaded, cancer causing free radicals. It’s also a heavy-duty moisturizer.
Some sugar scrub recipes use cinnamon, which is an ant- inflammatory, making it perfect to treat for redness and acne. Raw honey is also very good for moisturizing and good for clearing up skin.
Pumpkin also contains vitamin A, which isn’t just good for your eyesight. Vitamin A derived retinol is a big deal in the skincare world right now for it is clinically studied ability to reduce wrinkles, fade brown spots and smooth skin.
Moisturize and Exfoliate
With cold weather already here, a moisturizing and exfoliating scrub will make a heart - warming gift this winter. You can experiment by using different sugars, Epsom salt, a variety of carrier oils, and essential oils. Definitely experiment, and feel free to get creative and fancy when making these scrubs.
Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub
- 1/3 c. canned or fresh pureed pumpkin
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ginger
- 1/2 tsp. ground clove
- 1 and 1/2 c. granulated sugar
- 1 Tbs. coconut oil
- 1 Tbs. raw honey
- 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 3 drops vanilla essential oil OR 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients, except for the sugar, in a bowl and stir until smooth.
- Add the sugar and stir. You may find it helpful to mash everything together with a fork.
Use this anywhere on your body for super smooth moisturized skin. Be sure to avoid near your eyes! You can also opt to use your scrub before and after shaving your legs to make them feel amazing! Store any unused amount in the fridge and use within 2 weeks, or until it starts to spoil.