Fall is in the air, which means so is pumpkin everything! Pumpkin is one of my favorite scents and flavors— I pretty much hoard candles and cookie dough during this time of year. Did you know that pumpkin also has a lot of beauty benefits for your skin?
Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A and C which help boost collagen production, giving it anti-aging properties. It is one of the most carotenoid-rich foods, and has the power to protect your skin against sun damage. When applied topically, pumpkin can treat acne with vitamins E and zinc, as well as combat inflammation and reduce the visibility of pores. To put it simply: pumpkin is a skin super food!
My skin has been slowly clearing up with the help of prescription topical, but face masks are still a big part of my skin care routine. Not just to supercharge my skin, but also for simple pampering! It only made sense that, for the season of pumpkins, I would make a DIY pumpkin face mask for my acne-prone skin.
What You Need:
- 2 tbsp 100% Pure Pumpkin
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 1 tsp and Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix the ingredients together, and you’ll have enough for about two uses. Apply with your hands or a flat brush, and leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off. Store the left over mask in an air-tight container inside the refrigerator. It will last up to one week.
This mask gives a bit of a tingly sensation, which I like. Immediately after my first use, I saw a reduction in redness around my problem areas.
Aside from the pumpkin’s benefits, honey and apple cider vinegar make this mask doubly delicious for your skin. They are both anti-bacterial, making them ideal for treating acne. Honey is extremely moisturizing and helps open up the pores, while apple cider vinegar restores the natural acid in your skin, removes dirt and oil, and is a natural exfoliant. This recipe is great for oily and combo skin. If your skin is on the drier side, you can omit or reduce the amount of apple cider vinegar, or add more honey for extra moisture.