Pumpkin Isn't Just for Pie: 4 Yumtastic Recipes

Written By Mandy Seay For QuickEasyFit

Set aside the fork and enjoy the beautifying effects of pumpkin instead!If you think pureed pumpkin only belongs in a pie crust, you're in for a delightful surprise. Rich in vitamins A and E, pumpkin has surprising beautifying abilities as well.

From body scrubs to hair masks, try these unorthodox pumpkin beauty recipes (that really work!) to give your skin an at-home spa day while also using up any leftover pumpkin puree.

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Pumpkin Body Scrub

Forget the unreadable ingredient lists in expensive store-bought body scrubs. All you really need is pureed pumpkin, brown sugar and someone to rub the homemade scrub all over your body. This pumpkin body scrub leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturized.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup fresh pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 cup organic brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey

Stir the pumpkin puree, brown sugar and honey in a mixing bowl until combined.

Gently rub the pumpkin body scrub over the desired skin areas after showering to lock in the skin's moisture. Allow the scrub to rest on the skin for 5 minutes. Wipe off the body scrub with a wet cloth or wash it off in a brief shower.

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Pumpkin Face Mask

Indulge your skin in an at-home spa day.Indulge your skin in an at-home spa day.Heal your facial skin with the nourishing goodness of vitamin A and zinc in pureed pumpkin. This homemade pumpkin face mask invigorates skin and leaves a healthy glow.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 tablespoon fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy milk

Combine ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Stir until combined and gently rub over your face, avoiding the eyes. Leave the pumpkin face mask on for 10 minutes, allowing the ingredients to condition your skin. Rinse with warm water and wipe with a wet cloth to remove. Moisturize.

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Pumpkin Hair Mask

Hair feeling a bit dry lately? Bring some life back into those lovely locks with this pumpkin hair mask. Pumpkin, coconut milk and other ingredients combine to create a moisture-locking mask that'll make your hair the envy of the neighborhood.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons raw coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey

Place ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Apply the mask to your hair, cover your hair with a shower cap and allow the mask to soak into your hair for 10-15 minutes. Thoroughly wash your hair to remove the mask.

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Pumpkin Body Butter

If you want your skin to smell gently spiced with a silky smooth touch, you must try this pumpkin body butter recipe. Easy to prepare and fun to apply, this body butter is sure to bring your skin a major sigh of relaxed relief.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup cream skimmed from the top of canned whole coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Gently rub the body butter onto your skin and leave on for 5 minutes. Gently wipe away the body butter with a wet cloth and pat dry.

After baking this year's pumpkin pie, use up your remaining puree and give brand name skin care products a run for their money with these pumpkin beauty recipes. They'll have your skin saying "Awww, pumpkin!" Looking for other ways to go natural at home? Check out these 5 simple tips to detoxify your kitchen.

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