It’s my favorite time of year, y’all: Pumpkin Time.
No, I don’t mean that time of pumpkin-spice everything, because ugh, squash does not belong in my cookies, OK? I mean time for pumpkin patches, hayrides, hot apple cider, and jack-o-lantern carving!
I always love seeing all the carved pumpkins popping up on every doorstep around town. From the amazingly elaborate gourd art, to the clumsy, crooked-toothed pumpkins lovingly hacked away at by a kiddo who was allowed to hold a knife for the first time this year, there is something so goofily warm and fuzzy about our tradition of decorating plants and displaying them in our homes.
Even though I haven’t had my own stoop to put a jack-o-lantern on in years, I still get down with the tradition every Halloween. This year, though, I wanted to stretch my pumpkin love even further and use my leftover pumpkin goo for one of my favorite skincare treatments: an enzyme mask.
Pumpkins are full of antioxidant vitamins A and C, as well as enzymes that exfoliate gently for fresh and glowy skin.
If you’re planning to mask-ify your own pumpkin, keep that in mind when you buy it. I have no idea what kind of pesticides they use on pumpkin patches and what those could do to your skin. Err on the safe side and buy organic if you can. I bought a pie pumpkin, because I figured that if it is safe enough to eat, it’s good enough to put on my face.
To start, I cut out the top of my pumpkin and pulled all the seeds and goo out of the top of the pumpkin. Separate out any large clumps of pumpkin goo and toss them in your blender. Rinse the seeds, toss them with a little olive oil and salt and roast ‘em, because not only are they delicious, they are also full of zinc, an anti-inflammatory that is fabulous for calming breakouts.
Back to your pumpkin.
Carve out your face or design, and then set aside the chunks of pumpkin flesh that you just cut out. Chop these up into smaller pieces so your blender can break them down easily, then toss them on in with the goo.
At this point, I like to add a little honey to give things a better consistency. Yogurt would work well, too. I also add some ground cinnamon and ginger for their anti-inflammatory properties. Pumpkin spice face mask, WHAT.
Blend it up until it forms a paste-like consistency.
Then apply it to your clean face and let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes to let those enzymes loosen up all your dead skin cells and stuff. When time is up, rinse with cold water and moisturize.
The final step is to light up your little pumpkin friend and ponder which of your faces is cuter.