Do not toss those pumpkins you might still have left over from Halloween. And same goes for any you’ve been saving to last through to American Thanksgiving b’cuz we’ve got a Body Scrub recipe that you might even want to lick it from your fingers. But don’t! Trust me, save it for any cellulite on your thighs.
Why pumpkins, you ask? Well, it so happens that pumpkins are great for your skin. They’re actually loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, plus a load of beta-carotene, zinc, potassium, and antioxidants, all of which help eliminate redness and spots.
Who knew, right?
And the bonus is that this scrub is super easy to make, and you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen. I actually came up with this recipe when I was making myself a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte a few weeks ago, and since I had quite a bit of pumpkin chunks leftover I just rolled up my sleeves and got a little crafty with this DIY recipe.
I love this scrub so much, it has been my self-care ‘go to’ every weekend since October and I have no plans of giving it up! I like to use this scrub on Saturday mornings when I have a little extra time in the shower. It’s so worth it, I promise :)
Pumpkin Pie Mask + Scrub
- 2 cups of fresh (organic) pumpkin chunks. Just use the pumpkin flesh, not the skin. Note: If you don’t have fresh pumpkin, you can use canned pumpkin instead.
- 1 tsp each of ground nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice and cinnamon. If you don’t have all of these spices, don’t worry… just use what you have on hand.
- 1/2 cup (organic) sugar
- 1/2 cup finely ground sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
- ¼ cup (organic) coconut oil
- Start by steaming 2 cups of fresh organic pumpkin for 15 minutes or until soft when prodded with a fork.
- Once the pumpkin is steamed, mash it with a fork or even better, pulse it in your food processor or blender with the spices, sugar, salt and coconut oil.
- Mix well and spoon the mixture into a mason jar. Refrigerate it, if you don’t plan to use it right away.
- Before hopping into the shower, spread the mixture on your hands and feet and massage in small circular motions for several minutes to gently release dead cells and rough skin.
- Slather a layer all over your face as a masque!
- Try to spend a few minutes on each part of your body using light to medium pressure. The abrasiveness of the sugar and salt will remove dead skin cells, while the spices will help promote circulation and blood flow.