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3 Easy Steps for The Best Pumpkin Facial Mask By Celeb Facialist Joanna Vargas

Pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin lattes — when it comes to autumn, there are very few things left untouched by the influence of pumpkin. However, amidst all of the delicious pumpkin treats, there are also myriad beauty benefits of pumpkin when used in conjunction with your skin care routine.

Pumpkin has amazing properties that benefit the skin in a vast multitude of ways. On it’s own, it’s packed with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and fruit enzymes, as well as vitamin A and Vitamin C. These components work together to increase cell turnover, smoothen and brighten the skin, boost collagen production and prevent signs of aging.

One particularly fascinating property of pumpkin (and can be largely credited to the AHAs that occur naturally within) is that pumpkin essentially helps dissolve dry skin and promote new cell production, all while remaining incredibly gentle. This is a far more delicate approach to exfoliating skin than using harsh scrubs, making it an ideal ingredient for those whose skin runs on the sensitive side.

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All of these incredible benefits considered, exactly how can you incorporate pumpkin into your skin care routine. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

DIY Pumpkin Foot Mask

Add pureed pumpkin, honey, yogurt, sugar, and olive oil to a small bowl.
Mix until ingredients are evenly blended.
Wash your feet in warm water, then apply to mask to wet feet.
Leave the pumpkin mixture on for anywhere between 10-30 minutes before removing with a warm washcloth.

DIY Simple Pumpkin Body Scrub

Mix cooked pureed pumpkin and brown sugar together in a bowl to desired consistency.
Apply mixture to your body in the shower in a circular motion, paying special attention to the areas of your body that get the driest (including elbows, feet, and heels).
Leave the exfoliating mask on for 10 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly with a warm washcloth, continuing to use circular motions for added exfoliation.

DIY Pumpkin Facial

Joanna has a beloved recipe for the perfect pumpkin facial, one that incorporates both fresh pumpkin and her Daily Hydrating Cream. The Daily Hydrating Cream provides protection for all skin types without clogging pores. The formulation includes Jojoba oil, which controls sebum production, as well as titanium dioxide and zinc to protect skin from the sun. The Daily Hydrating Cream is the perfect follow-up to a DIY pumpkin facial, locking in the natural benefits of the pumpkin. Check out the video to see the process in action.