Pumpkin Beauty Recipes: The Homemade Products To Try This Autumn

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Katy Perry in a face mask

You’ll happily sip on a Pumpkin Spice Latte, look forward to settling down for a creamy pumpkin soup and get excited about lighting your new pumpkin-scented candle, but have you ever considered slathering the giant orange squash all over your hair, face and body?

As nutritionist and former model Alli Godbold tells us, the beauty benefits of pumpkins are pretty underrated: ‘Pumpkin is wonderfully versatile and a great source of beta-carotene, which is an important antioxidant and anti-ageing nutrient.’ And if that wasn’t enough to tempt you into trying a whole new pumpkin beauty regime, they’re also packed with essential vitamins A and D that help promote hydrated, youthful skin.

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If you don’t want to fork out for pricey pumpkin beauty products, don’t worry – Alli has given us her top pumpkin beauty recipes that you can make using ingredients you already have in your kitchen. We know what we’re doing this weekend…

Pumpkin Body Scrub
To revitalise dull, dry skin, mix equal amounts of brown sugar and pumpkin puree (peel away the skin, de-seed and cut into chunks. Add to boiling water and leave for aprox. 20 minutes. Mash) to form a grainy consistency. Apply to damp skin while in the shower and exfoliate. Store the scrub in the fridge in a sealable container, and keep for around four days.

Pumpkin Homemade Face Mask
If you are a fan of facemasks, get seasonal and make the most of the pumpkin’s skin-saving antioxidants. To make four masks, mix together around 200 ml of pumpkin puree, 2 tbsp yoghurt, 40g ground almonds, 2 tsp runny honey and a dash of olive oil. Apply to damp, clean skin. Wash off with warm water after 10-15 minutes.

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Healthy Pumpkin Hair Mask 
Mix 1tbsp of pumpkin seed oil with 80ml of coconut oil and 80ml of jojoba oil then add 5 drops each of eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender essential oils. Slather over clean, damp hair and let sit for several minutes, then rinse. This works especially well on dry or damaged hair. 

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
To get that flow from the inside, whizz up a pumpkin smoothie that’s high in zinc and potassium, boosts your immune system and can lower yout blood pressure. In a blender, add 1 apple, 3 carrots, pumpkin puree, a glass of water and, 1 or 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Blend until smooth. Add ice if preferred.

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Have you made any of these good-enough-to-eat pumpkin beauty recipes? Send us your pictures on Instagram (@instyleuk) and Twitter (@InStyle_UK).


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