Over 1.4 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced each year and after Halloween, most of them end up in the trashcan.
Carving pumpkins with family and friends is a tradition that has been passed from one generation the next during Halloween activities. But the fact is that most people are usually confused on what to do with pumpkin waste after the festival is over. Pumpkins have high nutritional value and when they are thrown just like that, you end up
losing a lot. So the big question is what should you do with your leftover Halloween pumpkins?
The pumpkin that is always overlooked by many after Halloween festival is a beauty gold. It is packed with plenty of nutrients like antioxidant vitamin A and C, alpha hydroxyl acids, fruit enzymes among many others that can help to nourish your skin, hair, nails and teeth. In this article, we are going to highlight 10 DIY recipes for overall beauty using pumpkin leftovers from Halloween.
1. Body sugar scrub
Everybody want to have healthy, vibrant and smooth skin. During fall, exfoliation is very important process that needs to be done on a regular. However, you don’t need to buy expensive exfoliation cream when you can make you own at home by following very few simple process. To make your own natural exfoliation cream at home ingredients needed include:
- 1/4 cup cooked pureed pumpkin
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- Olive oil
To make body sugar scrub all that you need to do is to mix equal parts of olive oil, pumpkin puree and sugar. Mix the mixture thoroughly until you have a thick slurry. Apply the mixture on your body using a damp cloth. Scrub your body gently in circular motion then wash off the mixture with warm water. Apply this mixture on a daily basis before you take a shown will result to smooth, vibrant younger looking skin.
2. Pumpkin deep conditioner
While others are wondering what to with pumpkins after Halloween, you can take advantage of their plenty create your own homemade deep conditioner for your dry and damaged hair. The ingredients that you will need to create your own pumpkin deep conditioner for your hair include
- One cup of cooked pumpkin
- Half cup of plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoon of honey.
All that you need to do is to place the yoghurt and pumpkin a food processor until they are pureed. Don’t forget to strain it to prevent having pumpkin grain on your hair. After straining, add coconut oil and return the mixture to the food processor. Once it is pureed, your pumpkin deep conditioner will be ready. Apply the condition on your hair then leave it for about 20 minutes before you rinse with lukewarm water.
3. Pumpkin face mask
Pumpkin face mask is packed with alpha hydroxyl acids and fruit enzymes that can help to brighten and smoothen the skin as well as increase cell turnover. It also contains vitamin A and C that helps to boost collagen production. Homemade pumpkin face mask can be made both or oily and dry skin.
Ingredients for oily skin
- cooked pumpkin meat
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
- apple cider vinegar
- 1 egg yolk
To prepare, pumpkin face mask for oily skin, you need to combine all ingredients mentioned above by blending them in a food processor. Once done, apply the mixture on your face then leave it for 20 minutes before you rinse it with lukewarm water.
- Dry Skin Ingredients
- pumpkin meat
- 1 teaspoon of pumpkin seed oil
- Splash of cream or milk.
Mix all ingredients and blend them together in a food processor. Once done, apply the mixture gently on your face then leave it for 20 minutes before rinse it with lukewarm water. Cream or masked is used because it helps to moisturize and nourish dry skin.
4. Pumpkin pedicure
You can make a homemade pumpkin pedicure and use it to nourish your feet and calve. The ingredients needed to prepare pumpkin pedicure include:
- 1/ 2 cup pureed pumpkin
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Combine all ingredients mentioned above and blend them together. Gently apply the mixture to your feet and calves using a damp cloth then leave it for about 15 minutes before rinsing the mixture with lukewarm water. Doing this on a regular basis will help to keep your feet super soft and healthy.
5. Pumpkin hair mask
- Ingredients needed
- 1/ 2 cup pureed pumpkin
- 1/ 4 cup of natural plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoon of honey
To make pumpkin hair mask, all that you need to do is to combine all ingredients on a small bowl then mix thoroughly. Gently apply the mixture on your hair. Put your shower cap then leave it for about 30 minutes before you Rinse your hair well with lukewarm water. This mixture will leave hair soft and shiny.
6. Kiss enhancer
Do you want to surprise your spouse the next time you give him/her a kiss? If yes then you can make a homemade kiss enhancer by following few simple process.
- 1/ 4 teaspoon of pumpkin puree
- ¼ teaspoon or coconut oil
- 11/2 teaspoon of fine sugar
Combine all ingredients mentioned above then mix them thoroughly on a mix bowl. After mixing them thoroughly, rub the mixture gently on your skin and massage it to exfoliate and moisturize your lips. Doing this on a regular basis will help prevent your skin from drying by making
them super soft.
7. Hand revitalizer
Most people put more emphasis on protecting other body parts but ignore the hands. Hands are also very important and needs care to. You can make your own home made have revitalizer at home by following a few simple steps.
- 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon of olive or almond oil
- 1 teaspoon of honey
Combine all ingredients them mix them thoroughly on a bowl. Use the mixture to gently massage over the sink for as long you want then rinse with lukewarm water. It will help moisturize your hands thus preventing them from drying.
8. Body butter
You can make you own homemade body butter to make your skin healthier and softer. Body butter is very simple to make. All that you need to do is to mix equal parts of coconut oil and pumpkin puree that take the mixture to the shower. Apply the mixture on your body then leave it for 10 minute before you rinse it to take a shower.
9. Salt foot scrub
You can make your own salt foot scrub to protect your skin form callouses and dry skin. Salt is recommend because it give better exfoliation results than sugar.
- 1/ 2 cup of pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoon of olive oil
Mix the ingredient on a bowl then mix them thoroughly. Apply it gently on your feet as you massage gently focusing more on dry areas as well as the heels. Once done, rinse the mixture with lukewarm water.
10. Pumpkin sugar and spice body scrub
- 1/2 cup of cooked pumpkin
- 1/ 2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/ 4 teaspoon of cinnamon
Combine all ingredients then apply them gently using a damp cloth on your skin when relaxing in the bath tub. Start with your feet then progress gently up to your face. Rinse your body with lukewarm water. This process will help exfoliate your skin thus removing dead skin cells.
These are only a few of the ways Halloween pumpkin leftovers can be turned to products that can help enhance your overall body wellness. By following simple homemade tips mentioned above, you can create amazing products that can help take care of your skin nails, lips as well as feet without spending a single cent.