What to Do with Leftover Pumpkin

Seeds, Body Products, and More

leftover pumpkin!

You have a choice: Use your leftover jack-o’-lantern for good or let the squirrels have at it.

We choose the former. Below, four inventive ways to use that gourd to its fullest.

Spa Space aesthetician Indira Rakanovic loves pumpkin for its vitamin A (for aiding cell turnover), antioxidant vitamin C (brightens skin, evens pigmentation), and zinc (antibacterial effects). Pumpkin also regulates oil production, reduces the appearance of pore size, and protects against free radical damage.

Salvage winter skin with these recipes. No need to get squirrelly about it.

Pumpkin Facial
Makes one application

2 tsp. pumpkin
½ tsp. honey
½ tsp. milk
¼ tsp. cinnamon spice

1. Mix everything together into a paste. Brush onto freshly cleansed skin. Let dry 15-20 minutes.

2. Rinse with warm water. Follow with serums and moisturizer.

Pumpkin Body Scrub
Makes one application

½ c. cooked pumpkin, pureed
½ c. brown sugar
¼ tsp. cinnamon

1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients.

2. Stand in tub or shower stall. Using a damp washcloth, scoop up a bit of mixture. Apply to body, starting with your feet and working your way up (avoid your face). Scrub gently using circular motions. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Spa Space, 161 North Canal Street, between Lake and Randolph Streets (312-466-9585 or spaspace.com). Don’t DIY? Through November, DailyCandy readers are invited to experience the pumpkin facial for $99 (ordinarily $115).

Want more from your pumpkin patch? Learn to make leftover seeds and a hair mask.

Photo: Nancy Rose / Getty Images

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