5 Easy Homemade Face Mask Recipes with Pumpkin

Polar bear with pumpkin

With plenty of benefits for your skin, pumpkin is the perfect ingredient for a homemade face mask.

So you’re sick of baking with pumpkin? Not to worry. You know what else you can do with a bit of pumpkin puree? Make a homemade face mask.

Pumpkin is (surprise?) great for your skin. With lots of vitamins A and D, pumpkin can help to soften and soothe (read: it fights signs of aging) and its natural fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids help to brighten and smooth your dermis. Pumpkin seeds are also more than a healthy snack: high in zinc, they’re effective acne-fighters. 

Sure, you could go out and buy skin products made with pumpkin; but it’s cheaper—and definitely more fun—to make your own. Here are five simple recipes for homemade face masks that are full of pumpkin, to keep your skin feeling great for the rest of harvest season.

pumpkin puree

1. Basic Pumpkin Mask

Start with a base of pumpkin (you can use canned pumpkin—organic for sure—or fresh pumpkin that has been baked and smashed and strained) and egg and add in other ingredients depending on what your skin needs. This recipe is super simple and takes only a few minutes to whip up.

2. Pumpkin Oatmeal Face Mask

Using oatmeal, which is a common ingredient in skin products known for its numerous benefits, in this recipe provides a great exfoliant. You can make this mask and store it up to five days in the refrigerator. Use two to three times a week to keep your skin feeling fresh and hydrated. It’s particularly good for colder, dryer months.

3. Pumpkin Almond Facial Mask

Ground almonds and pumpkin: this almost sounds like the beginning of a baked good, but it’s not! Mixed with honey, yogurt and olive oil this is a refreshing mask that will nourish your skin.

pumpkin baking

4. Restorative Pumpkin Mask

With only three ingredients, you can’t find a simpler recipe for a homemade face mask than this. Just leave on for 10 minutes and rinse and your skin will feel better immediately.

5. Vegan Pumpkin Face Mask

This face mask is 100% vegan-friendly, using brown sugar for an exfoliant and oatmeal to help with dry skin.

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Images: Main Photo: ucumari, Second: Cascadian Farm Third: Veganbaking.net

Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. She is the author of The Culinary Cyclist and Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.