DIY: Pumpkin Facial Mask


Pumpkins are one of my favorite things. Maybe it's because autumn is my favorite season (and begins TODAY), or maybe it's because October 18 (hint, hint) is my birthday, but I love pumpkins. I have a wee collection of them sprinkled around Casa Sees. I have pumpkin spice candles scenting the air too. And not jack-o-lanterns, but pumpkins. Is that weird? Don't answer that!

Anywho, I had some canned pumpkin sitting around and instead of cooking with it, like a normal person (remember, Elle Can't Cook) I decided to make a facial mask out of it! Pumpkin is high in vitamins A, C & zinc! And it is great at treating acne.

There's plenty of ways to make this customized to your skin type. If you have oily skin, add apple cider vinegar. If you have dry skin, add some cream or yogurt. If you want an exfoliant, add raw oatmeal or brown sugar. I made mine with a basic recipe I found on ehow.com:

Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipe
  • 3 teaspoons canned pumpkins (you can use real, cooked pumpkin as well)
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon milk (I used no fat, but whole is obviously better)
  • smidge of nutmeg or cinnamon (for that authentic pumpkin pie smell!)
  • Combine ingredients, apply to face, and leave on for 10-30 minutes before rinsing off.
  • Resist urge to eat! ;)
Do you do beauty DIY?


  1. I have a very sensitive skin so I cant really use many DIY beauty products but I love the idea of pumpkin mask:)

    Ps: I am hosting a sweet GIVEAWAY later on today :) Hope you will join in :)!!!

  2. Interesting!! I have never heard of using pumpkin for a mask! How did it turn out?? I love pumpkins too...love everything pumpkin flavored, especially lattes!!


  3. My dads birthday is October 18th as well! Love the DIY Pumpkin Facial Mask. The one I have done is a little different but yours seems to be amazing. I must try it out!


  4. Wow, I've never heard of a pumpkin face mask! To be honest, I think i'd eat it right off!

  5. Nope. Not much of of D-I-Yer when it comes to beauty routines. My favorite part of a facial is being pampered. I would prefer to wash muffin tins that contained pumpkin cupcakes rather than my pumpkin-covered face! Funny how everyone is willing to do a little dirty work for different reasons! (You did make me want to get in the kitchen and bake!)

  6. I don't really like eating pumpkin (probably because I'm not really used to it), but this recipe for a facial mask sounds great. It's all natural too! And I really love that you give tips on how to customize it.

  7. Ive never heard of this either..I couldnt do it.....my skin is very very sensitive....its a great DIY for those who can...your post made my instantly want a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.....lol:)

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  8. Great idea....and it makes me happy for the fall. I love anything pumpkin!
    :) KB

  9. Thanks for the face make recipe! I would TOTALLY be tempted to eat this!

  10. Ooh, I've never heard and it sounds like a great idea! Organic, yummy, DIY :) Though I think I'd eat it before it even got onto my face!
    (P.S. Loved your comment and being up early and being the only souls on the road, I love that feeling!)

  11. Oooohh fun (and yummy!) idea. Might have to give this a whirl for a little relaxation!


  12. Lovvvvvvvve this recipe! Such wonderful natural ingredients. Definitely sounds quite delicious too :)

  13. Oh wow a pumpkin facial mask? that just sounds relaxing! :)
    this I totally have to try!


  14. This is an awesome idea! I think I might have to go out and buy a pumpkin to try it!

  15. I luv your alternative uses for food, lol!

    I have never made a pumpkin mask, only an oatmeal mask and an oatmeal, honey, brown sugar and coconut oil scrub.

    Your outfit inspired by Kendi is fantastic :)

  16. i find pumpkins are very attractive, but i don't want to put any part of them in my mouth. well, the seeds are ok if/when toasted.

    but i think i could do a pumpkin mask as long as i didn't take a whiff or look at the color.

    yes, i am a picky f*ck.

    side note: my vet says i should give my cats a bit of pumpkin in their food. it helps with digestion!

  17. Pumpkin is supposed to be really good for skin that's a bit run-down

  18. Oh wow, this is really cool. I definitely want to try it!

  19. Yeah, I'd definitely eat that facial mask before it even made its way to my skin.

  20. What a perfect way to bring in the season. Must try this!

  21. This is so interesting! I´ve never tried a pumpkin mask before. Thanks for sharing this. :)

  22. Never heard of a pumpkin facial mask - anything that's natural and free from chemical nasties gets two thumbs up from me though! sounds like it's worth a try..
    Thanks for sharing!

  23. i LOVE all things pumpkin :)

    i think i'll try this!

    thanks for commenting for my giveaway! :)

  24. I'll keep this in mind this Thanksgiving. Maybe my mom can buy two cans this year, one for the pie and one for me!

    Bonus: acne fighting superpower!



  25. i must try this! i've been moving towards using more natural ingredients in my skincare regimine. so thanks for sharing.



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