Have Leftover Pumpkin From Holiday Festivities? Use It for This DIY Pumpkin Mask

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We’re right in the middle of pumpkin-spice-everything season, and you may find yourself with a can of pumpkin puree lying around. Don’t throw it into another pie just yet: Instead, try our DIY pumpkin face mask for a quick skin pick-me-up, post holiday.

Why Pumpkin?

Pumpkin is a killer DIY ingredient for all skin types because of its high vitamin content. It’s rich in vitamin A, which soothes and softens your skin, and vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help remedy damage produced by free radicals (read: lightens pigmentation).

Suffering from blemish-prone skin? Pumpkin is full of vitamins E and T, inflammation fighters that reduce pore size and control excess oil. The zinc in pumpkin seeds and flesh can help balance hormone levels and assists with healing the skin, all in promotion of clearer skin.

Struggling with dry or dull skin? The natural enzymes pumpkin contains can help dissolve dry skin cells, while beta-carotene-rich antioxidants can remove old surface skin cells, and help promote new cell growth.

DIY Pumpkin Face Mask

Ready to whip up a DIY face mask with that extra pumpkin? Everything you need, you probably already have in your kitchen.


  1. 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin (fresh is best, but canned works too!)
  2. 1 whole egg to nourish (yolk) and subtly tighten skin (white)
  3. 1 teaspoon honey to seal in moisture and help battle breakouts

Additives for Your Skin Concern

  • Oily skin: Add a splash of apple cider vinegar for an astringent effect.
  • Dry skin: Add a splash of whole milk for the exfoliating lactic acid. Not into dairy? Try aloe vera.
  • Extra exfoliation: Add some oat flour for a gentle, soothing scrub.


  1. Whisk together pumpkin and egg.
  2. Add in your honey and blend until smooth.
  3. Mix in your preferred additives.
  4. Apply to skin evenly. Rinse after 10-20 minutes, and apply your normal skincare routine.


Want more DIY skincare? Try our 3 DIY Manuka Honey Masks.

About The Author

Nicolle Mackinnon

Nicolle Mackinnon

Stemming from her personal journey to treat her celiac disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Nicolle serves as a writer and editor for several leading publications helping women understand how important, stylish and fun it is to commit to clean beauty. By way of her contributions to No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and numerous beauty brands' blogs, websites and social media, Nicolle has become a trusted voice on the correlation between health and beauty. Follow her journey on Instagram and connect with her via nicollemackinnon.com.

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