Pumpkin Treats for the Skin

by Annegret Pfeifer

Fall is here with its golden leaves dancing to a symphony that is played by a breezy wind and chasing clouds. The colors are most intense and Pumpkins are everywhere - at least here in Montana. 

While we love Pumpkin Pie and Latte and Chai, we also love pumpkin for skin care.  Did you know that pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)?  Both increase the cell turnover and brighten and smooth the skin.  Also, the molecular structure of pumpkin is very small which enables it to penetrate deep into the skin when used topically.  These properties make it powerful for treating dull complexion, aging skin and pigmentation.

Needless to say, we were very excited to host our October workshop 'Pumpkin Treats for the Skin' to feature some pumpkin inspired skin care recipes of which we would like to share two of you with you. 

Here are two of my favorites - tested and proven - and a treat for your skin. 

Gentle Exfoliating Facial Pumpkin Facial Mask

Makes 2 masks for face, neck and decollete

Ingredients

2 tablespoons of organic Pumpkin Puree or freshly baked organic Pumpkin meat if available

1 teaspoon of Raw Honey

1 teaspoon of Vitamin E (Non-GMO, or open natural Vitamin E capsules)

1 pinch of Cinnamon

5 to 10 drops of Lavender essential oil

Take a 1 oz glass jar and blend pumpkin with honey and Vitamin E, to a smooth puree. Apply label and store in fridge till used. 

Apply mask for 10 to 15 minutes on freshly cleansed skin and then rinse off with lukewarm water. 

Follow with an application of a deeply nourishing moisturizer like Essential Face Crème or Essential Face Serum. Your skin will love you for all the nourishment you just provided for it.


Softening Pumpkin Hand Polish

Get your hands prepared for cold temperatures

Ingredients

2 leveled tablespoons of Corn Meal

1 tablespoon of GMO Free Vegetable Oil (avoid Canola Oil)

15 drops of Vitamin E (Non-GMO, or 2  capsules of natural Vitamin E)

1 tablespoon of Glycerin

1 tablespoon of organic Pumpkin Puree or freshly baked organic Pumpkin Meat if available

5 to 10 drops Fragrance or Essential Oil of your choice

Take a small bowl and blend all the ingredients together, then fill carefully in a 1 oz plastic jar. Keep in fridge till ready to use. 

Apply a doll drop of Hand Polish on your freshly cleaned wet hands and massage fingers and palm with it gently for 1 to 3 minutes. Rinse off well with warm water and enjoy your soft and well hydrated hands and cuticles.  If your hands are rough from the hard outside work apply a bit of Firefighters Creme.  

If your hands feel like sandpaper and your fingers have cracked cuticles and skin, which can be quite painful, the Worker's Creme is the more therapeutic choice. With its high ratio of natural Lanolin, it is Super Star  when it comes to softening and hydrating the skin deeply, which helps the body to mend and heal it. Apply a small amount and massage gently into your skin. 

Winter Tip: Apply a bit of Worker's Creme on your hands just before you leave the house and put on your wool mittens.  The warmth of the mittens and the concentrated oils of the Worker's Creme will pamper your hands ever so gently and effectively.