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Pumpkin: The Must Have Addition to Your SkinCare Routine

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The semester is halfway over, and I know that I am not the only one with homework up to my ears. Blinded by my endless to-do lists and textbook pages, I’ve barely realized that fall has arrived to our beautiful campus here in Syracuse; there’s a crisp breeze in the air, with blankets of leaves covering the grass, and everyone is  starting to bundle in sweaters and scarves. It’s time to take a breather from the books, embrace the season and relax… what better way to do so than to have  a fall-themed spa night?

The welcoming of fall also brings fall vegetables, many of which are  a great in homemade beauty products that are amazing for your skin – brussels sprouts, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, squashes; the list goes on. They do wonders for your body, both on the inside and outside. They provide so many benefits when used directly on your skin in the form of a skin treatment.

The most quintessential fall vegetable is pumpkin, of course! Pumpkin packs vitamin A and vitamin C that together soothe, hydrate, and repair damaged skin. Pumpkin also fights acne due to high levels of vitamins E and T. Along with these beneficial vitamins, pumpkin also promotes new cell production, fights inflammation, and controls oil production by your skin. It’s also very inexpensive (a can of organic pumpkin at Trader Joe’s is just $1.99!), making it accessible for college students on a budget.

Pumpkin is the perfect ingredient to use as a skin product base that will leave you with acne-free and hydrated skin. Here I’ve put together two homemade pumpkin beauty recipes, a face mask and a face scrub, that use simple, cruelty-free ingredients that any college student can get their hands on (or may already have on hand). Neither recipe requires animal products like yogurt or eggs that are common in many face mask recipes. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Face Mask

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp pureed pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave nectar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon (optional, but recommended)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Once combined, gently apply a thin coat to face (with fingers or a brush). Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water to reveal your glowing complexion!

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Pumpkin Face Scrub (for exfoliation!)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg (optional)

Directions: Combine brown sugar and spices until well mixed. Next, mix in the pumpkin and honey/agave nectar. Store away or apply to the face/body to revitalize your skin. Rinse with warm water once finished.

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These treatments are perfect for a weekend spa night with your friends, and will stay fresh for several days if refrigerated. So whip up these face treatments and spend the night in watching movies and eating Ben and Jerry’s with your gal pals! We all deserve some down time, and now is the perfect time to treat both yourself and your skin! Enjoy!

By: Allie Urso