Pumpkin is a wonderful ingredient for the autumn and winter months. Pumpkin ingredients are widely used in skin care, since they are nutrient rich, emollient, and can help rebalance the skin. Here are some of my favorite pumpkin ingredients used in skin care.
Pumpkin oil is very emollient and conditioning. It is rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and vitamins and antioxidants, including vitamin E. It is an excellent oil for severely dry, dehydrated, combination, sensitive, and normal skin types. But some people with oily skin love it too! If you find it a tad too rich, mix it with a lighter oil, or make a lotion with pumpkin oil in it. Be sure to buy cold pressed, unrefined or expeller pressed, unrefined oil. And organic, if possible.
I recommend using it in all kinds of skin care products. Use it as an oil based serum (apply a few drops to damp skin. The combination of pumpkin oil and water rich ingredients will moisturize your skin). For super soft skin, use it as body oil (apply to damp skin). Add it to scrubs and masks. If you love crafting your own lotions and creams, use it as the oil phase. It is fantastic on the under eye area or any area that has signs of aging: it is super emollient and can help diminish the appearance of fine lines. The uses are endless!Pumpkin puree softens and brightens the skin. It contains enzymes that mildly exfoliate. It is rich in many trace minerals and vitamins, including vitamin A and C. I suggest adding pumpkin puree to masks, scrubs, and cleansers. I like to mix a teaspoon of pumpkin puree with clay. Use about 2-3 teaspoons or more of clay (you may need to use more or less clay, since different clays have different textures, and some soak up more liquid than others). Add a few drops of water at a time and mix well until it is the texture you desire. Store the excess in the fridge, and use it up quickly.
Pumpkins are such versatile ingredients used in skin care. They are not only some of my favorite ingredients for my own skin, but I love crafting with pumpkin oil and pumpkin pulp since it works so well for others too! Some of my best selling elixirs (oil based serums) and masks contained pumpkin.
Here is my Eco Living article on all natural moisturizers. It explains the difference between oils based ingredients, water based ingredients, moisture, and moisturizers. http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/70-other-topics/261-eco-living-all-natural-moisturizers
My basic recipe on how to make oil based serums: http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/2006/09/facial-oilsserums-scars-and.html
A blog post I wrote a while back on making your own aromatherapy creams: http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/2005/10/how-to-make-your-own-aromatherapy.html
Check out my eco living article on aromatherapy body and massage oils: http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/67-formulating/182-eco-living-relax-and-de-stress-with-aromatherapy-body-and-massage-oils
An easy clay mask recipe! Try using pumpkin oil instead of the other oils listed: http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/67-formulating/607-eco-living-easy-clay-mask
Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum’s Beautiful Living article on pumpkin masks and scrubs: http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/beautiful-living-by-shanesha/219-making-beauty-products/855-beautiful-living-fall-beauty-recipes-pumpkin-love
Sharon Houghton’s pumpkin scrub recipe (Sharon is the owner of the anb mall, anb portal, all natural beauty website, all natural health website, and SharAmbrosia, which is her all natural spa store): http://www.anbportal.com/absolutenm/templates/?a=337&z=10
About The Author:
Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm
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