The Beauty of Pumpkin

Fall is all about pumpkin. Whether it is used in a delicious bread, a special drink, a candle or all the fun fall decor. Everywhere you look, there are pumpkins.


But did you know that pumpkin also contains Vitamins A, C and E and when combined with other ingredients, brightens and smoothes the skin and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Pumpkin also contains antioxidants which helps to alleviate all the damage that the harmful UV rays have exposed our skin to over the summer. As the seasons change our skin tends to suffer moisture loss and can use a boost in exfoliation. Zinc, potassium, alpha hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes along with all the other natural ingredients in pumpkin provide a healthy dose of nutrients that will keep you glowing. This face mask is so easy to make and would be extremely beneficial and fun to incorporate into your skincare routine. As Grandmothers, we search for healthy and consistent products for our skin and this fall favorite ingredient is here to help. It not only smells heavenly but leaves your skin baby soft and silky smooth.



Ingredients

1 small slice of pumpkin

or 1/2 C of organic canned pumpkin

1 raw egg

1/2 t. honey

1/2 t. apple cider vinegar


Puree the pumpkin in a food processor until smooth if using fresh pumpkin.

Add egg, honey, and vinegar and blend. Apply to a clean face and let it soak in for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse and apply your usual skin care products.


This is what the experts say about Pumpkin Face Masks

  1. Infuses the skin with bioflavonoids

  2. Deeply hydrates and plumps the skin

  3. Stimulates collagen production

  4. Delivers beta carotene, amino acids and fruit enzymes to the skin

  5. Provides antioxidant and age-defying benefits


I love making my own masks and scrubs. It is so fun and rewarding to me. However, if you prefer to purchase a Pumpkin Mask, this is one that consistently received great reviews.



You can find this on Amazon or Nordstroms or, for half the price, at Walmart. Yes, it is true.






Another product with great reviews but easier on your wallet is Bliss Pumpkin Powerhouse.










Who doesn't want soft lips. Add a touch of pumpkin and cinnamon and it is sure to be a favorite.


Burt's Bees is consistent in their products and this will keep you licking your lips for that favorite pumpkin fix.







Fall is such a fun time of year. I hope you enjoy all that the season brings. Crisp evenings, pumpkin patches, the changing colors of the landscape, sweaters, the aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon from freshly baked bread, and fall leaves gathered among collections of pumpkins. Fall is in the air and may your home be a place of warmth and contentment. Then take some time for yourself. Apply your pumpkin mask, make a cup of tea and relax.


Enjoy the season and stay safe!


Lala Malana


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