The skin benefits of pumpkin and a sugar scrub combined! Who wouldn’t want such a luxurious spa treat in the comfort of your own home?
Pumpkin Skin Benefits
Whether you eat it or use it on your skin, you’ll reap the many benefits of pumpkin. This gourd is rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant and a known natural brightening agent for skin! It also has vitamin E, another skin vitamin, and beta-carotene. Combined, these vitamins act to fight skin damage from sun exposure and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. They boost collagen production, as well as soften skin through gentle exfoliation. Pumpkin also has zinc and potassium, which help reduce skin redness.
Sugar Scrub Benefits
Sugar scrub is a natural and gentle exfoliant. The sugar granules are kinder to the skin because they melt as they exfoliate; and sugar is also a natural humectant – helping the skin retain/preserve moisture. When done regularly, two to three times a week, scrubbing with sugar will make skin brighter, softer, and smoother. A sugar scrub can be used on the face and all over the body.
Pumpkin Sugar Scrub - A Velvety Treat for the Skin
The recipe for velvety soft and healthier-looking skin can be easily made with ingredients that are already in your pantry!
- Half a cup of pureed pumpkin
- Half a cup of brown sugar
- One-fourth teaspoon cinnamon powder
- One tablespoon virgin coconut oil, room temperature
*Note: The cinnamon will give the skin a natural glow as it helps stimulate blood vessels. The virgin coconut oil is for added skin moisturization. However, virgin coconut oil is comedogenic, so you can skip it if you have oily and/or acne-prone skin.
First, mix the pumpkin puree and virgin coconut oil in a bowl. Use a teaspoon or popsicle stick. The mixture should be smooth, with no visible clumps. Then add the brown sugar and cinnamon powder. Mix all the ingredients well. You should have enough to use on your face.
Apply the mixture to your face, gently massaging the paste onto your skin in circular motions. You can leave the paste on as a mask for 15 to 30 minutes to maximize its benefits. Wash it away with warm water and your go-to facial wash. Dry your face by lightly dabbing with a clean towel. Follow this with your usual moisturizing routine.
It is best to use the mixture right away, as the sugar will naturally dissolve and the scrub will lose its exfoliating benefits. If you do have some left over, you can store the mixture in a clean, dry, and airtight container and refrigerate. You can still use it as a moisturizer; just let it warm to room temperature before applying on your skin.