Take Care of Your Skin This Fall With…Pumpkin (and Eucerin)

What does fall mean to you?

To me, it means falling leaves, cooler days, perfect weather for hiking and mountain biking and the start of ski season. I’m targeting October 27th for my first day. But until then, I’m all about enjoying Indian Summer: Pumpkins, apples and warm afternoons.

On the flip side, fall also means drier air, colder wind and, sometimes, harsh temperature swings. None of these things are especially good for your skin. Continue using moisturizer with SPF, sunscreen, and thick, rich moisturizers for your hands and feet and your skin will weather the changing weather. Even better, try one of these fall-inspired natural skin care concoctions, infused with one of autumn’s wonders: The Pumpkin.

Pumpkin is good for your skin because it is full of beta carotene, an antioxidant, protein, essential fatty acids and Vitamins C and E, along with some of the B’s, and lots of healthy minerals. That’s if you eat it.

As a natural skin care ingredient, pumpkin makes an excellent mask or scrub. It will soften your skin, remove impurities and clear out your pores.

Pumpkin Face Mask for Regular Skin

  • 2 TBS cooked pumpkin (you can used canned)
  • 1 TBS honey

Mix well and apply to your face. Sit back, relax and wait 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Apply moisturizer.

Pumpkin Face Mask for Dry Skin

  • 1 cup cooked pumpkin
  • 1 egg yolk

Mix well and add a little bit of milk if the mask is too thick. Apply to your face. Sit back, relax and wait 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Apply moisturizer.

Pumpkin Scrub

  • Organic Cane Sugar or Epsom Salt
  • Cooked pumpkin

Combine the sugar or salt in equal amounts. Rub, scrub and exfoliate with a slow, circular motion. Rinse off. Apply moisturizer.

Pumpkin Heel Balm

  • Cooked pumpkin
  • Vaseline

Mix in equal amounts of pumpkin and vaseline. Massage into clean heels. Do this regularly for best results.

Eucerin Giveaway Information….

This month, Eucerin is offering a prize pack containing Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essentials Body Lotion, Eucerin Calming Crème, an Aromatique™ Pumpkin Spice candle and a holiday cookbook by Williams-Sonoma entitled Thanksgiving.

I’ve already received this pack and for the cookbook alone it is worth entering. Add to it, Eucerin’s Calming Creme (just the kind of thick, rich moisturizer my hands and feet crave in the fall and winter), Smoothing Essentials and a really delicious smelling candle and you’re set for October clear through November.

To enter, leave a comment here. For a second entry follow @EucerinUS and @BraveSkiMom on Twitter. Make sure to let me know you’ve done this, so I can keep track of your entries.

One winner will be chosen by random drawing on Monday, October 24th.

I am very happy to be working with Eucerin as part of their Skin First Blogger Network. As part of this effort, Eucerin provides me with skin care information, as well as skin care and wellness products. They also provide giveaways to my readers. This month, I will receive the same prize pack as the giveaway winner, with an additional pumpkin carving kit. Occasionally, Eucerin also offers me prizes for creative blogs and for completing a series of goals.

All opinions expressed in this post are my own and reflect exactly what I would tell my friends and family.

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Comments

  1. Melissa says

    I can’t think of a better recipe for fall than: Eucerin Calming Creme, a lighted candle that fills the air with the scent of pumpkins, and a William Sonoma cookbook with tasty recipes. Pure Bliss! Ready to curl up and enjoy.

  2. says

    Wow never knew there was so many pumpkin uses. Will be trying two of them for sure, (got to go get pumpkin first), the Eucerin calming cream sounds like sitting infront of the fireplace all nice and suggly.

  3. Travel Girl says

    I love the Eurcerin calming creme! We’ve used that on a variety of skin issues from dry skin, skin with rashes and even sun irritated skin. They make GREAT products.
    Hoping for a beautiful fall in the 70′s for a few more weeks!

  4. Erin Fowler says

    Pumpkin face mask, sounds good enough to eat! and I can even smell the pumpkin from here. A shout out goes to Eucerin for this contest!

  5. Cheryl W. says

    Love all the pumpkin recipes and I am going to try them all, once I carve our pumpkin. The pumpkin scrub sounds so delicious. LOL

  6. Jean says

    The Eucerin products I have are great. My Walgreen store carries a very limited supply of Eucerin products. Guess I’ll register a request with them. Thanks.

  7. Amelia says

    I will need to try those ideas – we are soooo parched here in WY (and it isn’t even winter yet! :)) Thanks!

  8. marydz says

    Gee the thought of using pumpkin on skin and not cooking with it is interesting. I’ll consider anything to help with the dry, winter skin and cracking skin around my nails. Thanks for the tips.

  9. Brandi says

    I love Eucerin cream!! It is the only thing that helps my horriblly dry skin. I have kp and it is awful in the winter. I also just found out that I am expecting so I am going to need to get to stocking up for this winter. Going to be going through alot of lotion :)

  10. Rose LaRouche-Furtek says

    Eucerin helps my skin throughout the winter here in Jersey. I tried several of the pumpkin beauty secrets. I cannot believe the difference after applying the “balm” to my heels. Very soft. This will become a regular part of my beauty regime night. Keep posting all the wonderful ways Eucerin may be used with other products.

  11. Amanda says

    I live in Iowa and have terrible dry skin all year round. I also have diabetes and have to take good care of my feet. I will have to go get me a pumpkin and try the dry skin mask and heel balm. And my dermatologist recommended Eucerin to me quite awhile ago. I have used it ever since!

  12. Carla James says

    So excited to see the post on Facebook this morning! I love pumpkins and this time of year; I’m going to try a face mask and the heel balm this weekend!

  13. Cristina Del Lago says

    Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful pumpkin face masks recipes. I will try them for sure and I would love to win the Eucerin gifts because I need to buy some and the weather in Utah is so dry. I love Eucerin products, thanks :)

  14. Amy A. says

    Can’t wait to try some the dry skin recipes – I’ve got 2 swimmers and winter is the worst time for them and dry skin!

  15. Anna Hartt says

    I love Eucerin! It calms and soothes – my hands are always in hot water and get so dry in the winter. Eucerin helps to make them soft. My daughter also has excema and Eucerins helps calm her itching on her legs….saving the skin from her nails.

  16. Czechsami says

    Never thought to use pumpkin as skincare, it sounds great. After making up a batch of my turkey pumpkin chili it’s time for a pumpkin facial. Thanks for the suggestions!

  17. Nina Cekis says

    I will definitely be trying this for my daughter, she has such a terrible time with her skin.

  18. Lori D says

    Love the pumpkin recipes for my skin. I just bought some canned pumpkin and can’t wait to try several of these ideas! Thanks for posting them. As for Eucerin – Years ago I worked for a Dermatologist and he often recommended Eucerin products. I have been using them ever since and they are really wonderful.

  19. Carol Mitchell says

    I love everything Autumn and I love Eucerin, so what a natural idea to combine the two!

  20. Melanie says

    Wow! Never knew pumpkin could be so beneficial to the skin. Thanks for sharing I see a weekend of pumpkin pampering coming up.

  21. Sasha says

    Beauty care is not my main subject, although I try. I have four children (3,5,9,11) at age 30. We all have very dry skin and its hard to find a healing lotion that does the job it claims. The pumpkin scrubs are just in time for this harsh weather winter will bring when skin tends to be even dryer. I LOVE the face mask and scrub. I will be having a preteen get together and I think they would love this…plus who doesnt love pumpkin something! Thank you for the fall beauty secrets!! We use Eucerin too! Great Giveaway idea! Looking forward to see the outcomes for these recipes..I will be checking back and with my results as well. Thanks!

  22. Christine says

    My dry winter skin has already started, just in time for the words like “wind chill” and “flurries” being used in weather reports! How does my skin know? LOL Going to have to check the pumpkin mask for dry skin, the pumpkin scrub and the pumpkin heel balm! Added benefit, smelling like pumpkin!
    Following you on Twitter @CDewater

  23. Michelle says

    I admit that it isn’t as dry here in GA as it is in WY (I grew up in WY) but I and my little ones still get dry skin in the wintertime. It is super gorgeous here in GA right now, though. I love the fall colors on Lookout Mountain.

  24. Chris W says

    Really looking forward to trying the pumkin mask. The cold WI weather does a number on your skin! Thanks!

  25. Jacki says

    I think they all sound wonderful! I love the smell and taste of pumpkin in anything. I can’t wait to try these recipes for my skin. I just turned 50 last week and I hear all the time that I don’t look 50. I think Eucerin has alot to do with it because it keeps my skin looking so great during winter or summer! My husband is a user and will not use anything else!

  26. Colleen Pulver says

    Hoping to win a basket of my favorite products to keep my skin pumpkin smooth all winter long!

  27. Judy says

    I just visited my daughter and her family in Connecticut. All the ladies had a spa night and made an avocado facial mask. I have never heard my little 6 year old granddaughter laugh and giggle so hard. We have plans for another spa night when we get together at Christmas. I have already made copies of these recipes to use then! We will love using our favorite Eucerin products at our Christmas Ladies spa night!

  28. Kay C says

    I never would have thought to use pumpkin for your skin! Guess this is how I can use those pumpkin guts that I probably would have thrown away, lol!

  29. says

    I follow you on Facebook. Love your products… use them on the kids and myself. Looking forward to my first real winter! Moved from FL to NC in August. I am so excited to see all the seasons. Loving it so far.

  30. Vicki Cooper says

    Sure sounds like some great facial recipes!! Will try them with my daughter! I’d use the Eucerin products, but cannot afford to buy them. So I’d LOVE 2 win the prize pack!!!

  31. Tina says

    I just started using the Eucerin Calming Creme. It is fabulous. My daughter has used it on all four of her babies and said how much she loved it. So glad I tried it. Wonderful!! And the pumpkin recipes look terrific. I love to eat pumpkin so now I need to use in as a mask too.

  32. Patty Franklin says

    I’ve been using Eucerin plus body lotion since April of this year, and it have improved the dry skin on my legs. Very satisfied, I would like to try Eucerins SPF facial lotion at some point.

  33. Joyce says

    Followed you & Eucerin on twitter. (My twitter is https://twitter.com/#!/newjoyyork)
    It’d be awesome to win that pack, I got a sample from Eucerin a few days ago and my skin is LOVING it – so soft, and such a great light fragrance.
    Though I live in Hawaii, it gets a lot more moist in the winter time, but the summer heat (which is 80% of the year) makes my skin SO dry :( Add in the surfing, I don’t know how bad my skin would be WITHOUT lotion :p

  34. Charlene Trepke says

    Besides living in Colorado’s dry climate, I have developed some irritating skin issues and Eucerin has been a real lifesaver for me! Sometimes I lose my mind and use some other product and am always sorry! Thank you for a great product….and the pumpkin recipes are an added bonus! Thanks!

  35. Elke Defever says

    Thank you for the pumpkin masks! I tried the one for dry skin and it was wonderful! Next up is the heel balm and hopefully in a few weeks I will be using the smoothing essentials before I start on a recipe out of the Sonoma cookbook!

  36. Kay Garrett says

    Sounds HEAVENLY! What a way to ring in Autumn but to win and be able to pamper yourself so completely. Sure hoping I’m lucky on the day of the drawing. ;O)

  37. Ivy says

    PUMPKINS! I absolutely love pumpkins. Whether it be in my latte, scone, cakes, or pies. Its just so delicious and reminiscent of fall. And to think that I can use it as a home-made recipe mask/scrub. Thats another one that definitely going into my arsenal of home facials!! =]

  38. Harlene says

    The pumpkin facial recipes are very interesting. Sounds like something I want to try, and maybe make a pumpkin pie with the leftovers. Eucerin rocks!

  39. Susan says

    I do love Eucerin and pumpkin! In the winter I always everyday put Eucerin on my feet and cover with my socks and shoes by the time I get home at night my feet are perfectly soft.

  40. SharonRenee says

    I love the pumpkin mask with honey! I had tried just the pumpkin before, but with the honey, it makes it even better..and it smells good too:) And I LOVE, LOVE Eucerin!!!

  41. JENNIFER HALL says

    I love anything pumpkin and will try some of these recipes. I would love to win the gift pack. I have sensitive skin and can not use certain products. It would be helpful to try some before buying. I do get dry skin in the winter and my 5 year old son’s face and lips get chapped. I would love to find something good for him as well. Thank you.

  42. Megan says

    I’m excited to try these pumpkin recipes, my skin is getting sooo dry! I wonder if it would work on your hands, too?

  43. Glenda says

    My husband has extremely dry and sensitive skin. Eucerin cream is the only thing he can use that actually helps with his dryness and won’t break him out. And during the winter, my skin gets extremly dry and itchy so I use it as well. And my kids love when I try new recipes because it’s not just the same old things all the time. This would be an awesome package for my entire family.

  44. Laura Klausner says

    I love the ideas!! With having eczema, my skin gets real dry in fall and extremely dry in winter; every tip helps! Thanks
    Laura

  45. says

    We grow our own pumpkins and I’ve found a lot of uses for them, but never skincare. This idea sounds wonderful! I have a new step in my beauty routine! Thanks for the recipes.

  46. Rebecca says

    I love the smell of pumpkin! Great ideas. The harshness of the winter weather would be improved with these ideas. Thanks!

  47. bill says

    I hope I did this correctly to enter the Eucerin giveaway. I posted on facebook and tweet on twitter. Thanks!

  48. Chalane Coit says

    Haven’t had pumpkin on my face for a few years – back when I used to feed it to the babies and they’d giggle or sneeze during the process. Guess I can try it “on purpose” now and see how it goes. :)

  49. Cara says

    GREAT ideas! I’m at that molting stage, where my lips, hands and feet are chapped and peeling…. dry skin + Colorado air = bad combo…. the pumpkin ideas sound fab! Thanks! P.S. congrats on 30k+! You are awesome!

  50. Valerie Haynes says

    I love these products and use them all the time. I would love to win this prize pack.

  51. says

    I love anything pumpkin! Thanks for the skin care recipes! Wisconsin winters are hard on my face & hands. The giveaway has some great goodies! Please enter my name. I do follow you on Facebook but I don’t tweet so no extra entry.

  52. Linda says

    Great recipes for skin care. I plan to try a couple of them over the week-end! I love Eucerin products so I hope I win. Good blog by the way.

  53. says

    I would love to win this Eucerin Prize Pack for the Fall Season! I do contribute to the Eucerin company & have previously purchased Eucerin’s Aquaphor Healing Ointment in 3.5 oz jar after a recommendation from a Shine! on Yahoo! article entitled “10 Ways to Wake up Beautiful”. 4. Save Money, Not Wrinkles
    At night you don’t need to worry about eye treatments smearing your makeup, so slather on the richest formula you can. Polis swears by Aquaphor: “It conditions lashes and hydrates the delicate eye skin really well.”

    Try: Aquaphor Healing ointment, $9; drugstore.com.
    Pick me!

  54. Diane says

    Love all the pumpkin receipes, real pumpkins to decorate, mask, seeds plus the lotion. Eucerin lotion is great from fall through summer for your dry skin. Would love to have a sample pack.

  55. Dee roth says

    I use Eucerin on my feet every day to keep them soft and comfortable. Haven’t tried the cream with sun protection, but will look for it soon. Would love to win the gift pack. Thanks for the opportunity. PS Love the pumpkin face mask–would it make a scary face for Halloween?

  56. MelindaB says

    I have canned pumpkin on the shelf, and dry heels. The pumpkin/honey mask sounds delicious–you could eat the leftovers. :-) I will have to try this, as I have large pores that tend to collect dirt & oil.