Fall Fun Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask

Pumpkins & Autumn have become synonymous with one another. Use pumpkin during Fall Beauty Rituals to feed skin while providing gentle exfoliation.

pumpkin jack o lantern

My favorite way of performing this ritual is to use the stringy insides of the pumpkin where the seeds all cling together. After removing seeds & cleansing skin take a handful of it & rub in gentle circular motions onto the skin. Throw away stringy mass & leave on skin for 15 – 20 minutes. Remove by splashing cool water & rubbing in gentle circular motions.

Some might not like using the stringy parts of the pumpkin but I highly recommend it. Not only is it a way to use something that generally causes waste, it will keep skin all over the body feeling taut & refreshed. Exfoliation is not just for the face. Rub some into legs, arms, belly & décolletage.

If the stringy bits of the pumpkin have already been composted or tossed using the meat of the pumpkin works as well. It will require a bit more effort & tools than using the insides.

Take out a crock pot & fill with a half inch of water, set on low heat. Cut the top stem off as if making a Jack O Lantern, scoop out seeds & string. Then cut pumpkin into chunks small enough to fit inside the crock pot. Place the chunks skin down into the water inside the pot & cover to cook for about 4 hours. Time will vary by crock-pot, if using an old pot it might need to be on a higher heat setting.

Use a spoon to scoop the meat of the pumpkin away from the skin & store meat in a separate container. Once it cools grab a handful & apply like the stringy bits. Do NOT use the pumpkin while it is still hot from the crock-pot!

Do you have any Fun Fall Beauty Rituals? Pumpkins are an Autumn tradition in my home for many years so being able to incorporate it into my beauty rituals & routine makes it all the more festive!