This is the first post in my series of Fall-Inspired Posts — they will run throughout the months of October and November.

Pumpkin.  I love pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin for my skin.

Did you know that pumpkin is excellent for all skin types?  High in Vitamins A & C and Beta Carotene, Pumpkin is delicious inside and out.  I am using a most glorious organic pumpkin soap right now and it’s amazing.  It really refreshes the skin.  It’s made from raw, organic pureed pumpkin (and lots of it) and I felt like I had new skin after using it.  Plus, it smells scrumptious, like pumpkin pie.  Mmmm.

You can make your own pumpkin face masque at home, by either using fresh pumpkin (buy a mini-pumpkin from the grocery store, organic is best) or you could try organic canned pumpkin.

Here’s a good recipe:

1/4 cup pumpkin, pureed

2 tablespoons raw honey (manuka or buckwheat for the fantastic healing and vitamin/mineral properties)

1-2 tablespoons organic greek yogurt

1-2 tablespoons raw brown sugar (for the glycolic acid, exfoliating)

Mix together well and apply to clean, slightly damp skin.  Leave on for 15-20 minutes.  Rinse well, and marvel at your luscious skin.

This recipe makes enough for 2 -4 masques.  Refrigerate for up to a week, or freeze the rest.  Enjoy.

For more on the benefits of pumpkin for your skin, read this article, “Pumpkin for Beautiful Skin.”  I am currently using Mychelle’s Pumpkin Renew Facial Cream and Pumpkin Hydrating Mist and they are truly decadent.  I was so happy to find these at hugely-discounted prices.   What fall-inspired, homemade bath and beauty concoctions are you indulging in these days?