Pumpkin not only makes a perfect fall decoration and seasonal recipe ingredient, but it’s also a pretty powerful skin saver. The enzymes in pumpkin work as a natural exfoliator, eating up dead, dull skin cells and revealing healthy, glowing skin underneath. It’s also packed with beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which has been shown to effectively reduce the signs of photoaging on the skin, such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, when applied topically.

If you’re not sick of pumpkin spice already — we admittedly haven’t had our fill yet — try whipping up this DIY face scrub that sounds good enough to eat from facialist Cecilia Wong. With minimal time and effort, you’ll have brighter, younger-looking skin just in time for the exhausting holiday season.

Cecilia Wong’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Scrub


  • 3 Tbsp raw brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp organic coffee
  • 2 drops organic vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seed oil


Combine and mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. Massage onto face in a light, circular motion for 5 minutes. Rinse clean with tepid water.

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