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Thrifty Thursday, September 29, 2016 | Pumpkin sugar scrub

Heather Mariannna shows News 3 Kyndell Nunley how to repurpose the guts of the jack-o-lantern you carve this Halloween. She's making pumpkin sugar scrub with what's left! 9/29/16 (KSNV)

Heather Marianna taught News 3 viewers how to repurpose the icky, sticky parts of the pumpkin you carve this fall.

Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin. Pumpkin also contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging.

To make pumpkin sugar scrub:

  • Combine three types of sugar for exfoliation
  • Add grapeseed oil
  • Add pumpkin puree


Benefits: A scrub works in a few ways: As you massage it over your body, the exfoliating granules help to slough off dead skin, and the rubbing action itself boosts circulation and helps drain your lymph nodes, by increasing blood flow to the skin’s surface. Plus, after all, that deep cleansing work in the shower, your post-wash moisturizer will be better able to soothe and hydrate your skin.

To make pumpkin hair mask:

  • Combine pumpkin, coconut oil, and honey


Benefits: This pumpkin hair mask works miracles on dry/damaged hair, but not exclusively. It is also a great moisturizer for all hair types, even those with fine or oily hair when used as a monthly treatment. Behold the power of pumpkin. This superfood is packed with antioxidants, beta-carotene (a red-orange pigment that converts to vitamin A when consumed), vitamin C and E, magnesium and potassium. Vitamin A moisturizes and soothes hair and vitamin C repairs damaged hair and skin from overexposure to the sun and environment. Altogether, pumpkin promotes radiant, healthy skin and hair. Coconut oil gives hair all of the moisture you will need. Honey adds to the shine. Honey is a humectant, which means it naturally attracts moisture. Like pumpkin, it is loaded with antioxidants that help restore shine to dry hair.

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