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This seasonal gourd may be your best beauty buy of the season. From shiny hair to smooth skin, the pumpkin can provide benefits that prove it be a girl’s best friend.

Packed with minerals and vitamins A, B-6, B-12, C and D, pumpkins are a fantastic diet food. However, these bright-orange gourds may also be the key to looking fabulous during harsh winter months.

Pumpkin puree is a cheap ingredient that you can use in a slew of DIY beauty products, and it’s easy to make your own in less than an hour is easy. Always use a fresh pumpkin for the best results.

Easy Pumpkin Puree Recipe

Cut the gourd in half and remove the seeds and extra gunk. Slice the pumpkin and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes. Peel off the skin (this will be easy after the pumpkin is roasted) and use your food processor to puree. That’s all you have to do.

An average 3-pound pumpkin will yield about 3 cups of puree. One pumpkin can have you set for the entire season. Keep your puree in the fridge for up to a week or freeze in small batches for up to three months.

Pumpkin Your Face

Are you dealing with acne? The vitamin A, C, and zinc in pumpkin is a natural exfoliate that helps to reduce acne. Put a small amount of the puree on the breakouts; leave it for a half-hour and then wash your face.

Freshen up your face with a honey and pumpkin mask. Blend a tablespoon of pumpkin with a teaspoon each of raw honey and apple cider vinegar. Apply the mixture onto your face and leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing off.

If you have oily skin, make a facial scrub with pumpkin puree, sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Rub your skin with the mix and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.

Pumpkin is also perfect for dry skin. Mix 1/4 cup of puree with an egg and a teaspoon each of honey and olive oil. Leave on your face for 20 minutes and then rinse off.

Get smooth lips overnight by applying a thick layer of pumpkin puree to chapped lips before bedtime.

Pamper Your Body

Make a softening body mask with 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree and a teaspoon of olive oil. Smooth over your body and leave on for 10 minutes before showering away.

Exfoliate naturally with 3 tablespoons each of pumpkin puree and sugar. Gently scrub for five minutes before rinsing off.

Get rid of cracked heels with raw pumpkin puree. Leave it on for 20 minutes before washing it off.

You can make a body butter with 3 tablespoons of puree and coconut oil. It’s best to use it in the shower; apply it after you wash up. Rinse off to a softer you.

Shiny Heads

Pumpkin will add shine to dry, damaged hair at a lower cost than fancy hair masks. To make your own blend, mix 2 tablespoons each of pumpkin puree and yogurt, with a teaspoon each of olive oil, honey, and apple cider vinegar. Apply the concoction to your hair and leave it for 20 minutes before thoroughly rinsing it out.

Pumpkin puree beauty treatments are an excellent way to take on the colder seasons. Instead of spending hundreds, go natural for a few dollars of pampering products that nourish your body. One large gourd can provide enough puree to keep your skin and hair soft and smooth throughout the season.

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