How To Use Pumpkin On Your Skin

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If you are doing any baking this fall, save some leftover canned pumpkin for your skin!

In fact, I think pumpkin is one of the best food ingredients you can use for your skin.

I will tell you why and how to use it all based on the awesome Chemistry of pumpkin!!

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You can buy many products with pumpkin already in it, or use some leftover canned pumpkin for the recipe below.

How to make your own pumpkin mask:

It is easy to make your own mask with pumpkin. Here is my favorite one:


  • 1/4 cup pumpkin (fresh or canned)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp honey

Directions: Mix it up, then apply to your face with a face brush. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water!

This tightens and brightens your skin!

Check out our blog post for more DIY pumpkin skincare recipes!

Chemistry of Pumpkin

Be sure you read our blog post for detailed chemistry, but here is a quick overview for you:


The orange color of pumpkins is due to it’s high amount of carotenoids, specifically alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. Carotenoids are so nourishing for your skin.


Pumpkins are an excellent source of vitamin C. They also contain good concentrations of vitamin A and E. Pumpkin also contains various B vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, and folate. B vitamins play an important role in skincare!


Pumpkin is full of amazing natural fruit enzymes that do so many great things for your skin. Fruit enzymes are very popular for skincare products because they really transform your skin.

This makes pumpkin great for brightening skin, shrinking pores, acne, and more!

Suggested materials:
  • Canned pumpkin   (store)
  • Egg   (store)
  • Honey   (store)

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Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet
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