Hi Loves! It’s that time of year where our social media feeds are filled with families at pumpkin patches and I have to admit – I LOVE seeing everyone’s posts about their visits to fall festivals and pumpkin patches to pick out those perfect pumpkins to take home. It’s so fun to see and there is just something special about this season! So please keep pumpkin patch posts coming…we still have a couple weeks until Halloween, right?
It’s pretty easy in this day and age to get obsessed with pumpkin everything during this time of year. It’s EVERYWHERE!!! From Starbucks with their PSL or the Target aisle full of pumpkin flavored everything – everywhere you turn, there are pumpkins!
Speaking of pumpkins, did you know that pumpkin actually has amazing benefits for your skin & hair too? Pumpkins are a good source of vitamin C which helps protect the skin from free radical damage and helps prevent wrinkles. Eating foods high in vitamin C also promotes collagen production, which we all know aids in the anti-aging process as well. Another fun fact about pumpkins is that they have carotenoids which are protective anti-oxidants and help reverse UV damage and improve your skin’s texture. More so, they are filled with tons of minerals – like potassium to make our hair healthy and zinc, which is great for fighting acne and enhances skin renewal. Pumpkins also have plenty of B vitamins which increase cell turnover and aid in improved circulation. AND they are full of fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) which are major players at stimulating cell turnover and brighten your skin. So have I sold you on pumpkins yet? 🙂
So roast those pumpkin seeds and snack those wrinkles away! But in all seriousness, I wanted to share some pumpkin recipes with you for fall so you can indulge and know you’re doing something good for your hair & skin!
Pumpkin Hair and/or Face Mask:
- 1 can of organic pumpkin puree (with no additives)
- 1/4 cup organic refined coconut oil (warmed up)
- 2 tablespoons organic honey (warmed up so it’s easily mixed)
Mix it all together and apply to your hair, let it sit for 20-30 min and then rinse well using shampoo (two times) & conditioner per usual.
The application of this can get a little messy so lay a towel down on the floor underneath you, and then after you have your hair covered in this goop, top knot it and slip on a disposable shower cap. I applied this to small sections of my hair at a time similar to how I do a coconut oil hair mask – however, this was much MORE messy. Also, definitely go for the organic pumpkin, if you go with a cheaper product, it may have additives and/or artificial coloring….and I assume you can see where I’m going with that. It would be horrible to come out with orange colored hair after doing this. haha Not to mention, you wouldn’t be getting the full pumpkin benefits either. I also didn’t need the whole can, and I have a lot of hair so you’re probably safe with 3/4 can depending on how much and how long your hair is….and then you can use the remaining for an exfoliating face mask below.
Pumpkin Face Mask:
- 1/4 cup organic pumpkin puree (with no additives)
- 2 tablespoons organic honey (warmed up)
- 2 tablespoons organic brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons almond oil
Mix it all together and apply to your face and leave for 15 minutes then remove with warm water and a wash cloth.
I applied this with an old foundation brush and then washed that brush out while I was letting my mask set. I actually enjoyed the flavor of this one when I was rinsing it off my face. lol
Now if you’re not into DIY – here is a great pumpkin product to try.
And just because…here are some fun pics from our family’s visit to the pumpkin patch a couple weekends ago. I want to go again – it was so fun! It will be a family tradition for years to come.
Kisses from Sarah K