If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your skin and hair, then applying pumpkin treatments or adding it to your diet can help. Here’s why:
Pumpkin has enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin.
Vitamin A&C: Pumpkin is a good source of vitamin C, which helps protect skin from free radical damage, such as wrinkles and even skin cancer. Eating vitamin C rich foods also helps promote collagen production, which over time can improve skin tone and elasticity, to prevent the signs of aging. The Vitamin A and Vitamin C help soften and soothe the skin.
Carotenoids: Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and other carotenoids are the protective antioxidants that are also responsible for giving pumpkins their bright orange hue. Eating foods that are a good source of carotenoids can help to reverse UV damage and improve skin texture.
Minerals: Potassium, copper, magnesium, manganese, and iron are just a few of the minerals found in pumpkin. Potassium helps promote healthy hair and regrowth. Pumpkins are also rich in copper and zinc, which play a big part in healthy skin and hair. Zinc helps protect cell membranes, maintain collagen, fight acne, and promotes skin renewal. Zinc in pumpkin seeds is brilliant for acne sufferers. It will help control the hormone level and oil production, as well as assist with healing of the skin. Pumpkin seeds are easy to add into your diet. Try sprinkling them in soups, salads, or adding them to yogurt and oatmeal.
B Vitamins: Pumpkin is a good source of most of the B vitamins, including niacin, riboflavin, B6 and folate. Niacin helps treat acne and improve circulation. Folate also helps to improve circulation, which increases cell turn over and renewal.
Besides consumption, pumpkin can also be applied topically in the forms of peels, masks, creams, and conditioners to promote healthy skin and hair. Pumpkin, because of its small molecular structure, is widely used in facials in combination with other soothing ingredients like honey and lemon to help brighten skin and treat a dull complexion.
Due to the many benefits pumpkin has, it is easy to find in advanced, professional skin care today.
There are exfoliants containing pumpkin ferment that help to brighten skin and remove pigmented cells. Pumpkin is used in formulations as a spot treatment or all over to brighten and even skin tone.
There are treatment, day moisturizers with SPF30 that include encapsulated Vitamin C and Vitamin E, which are only released when in contact with ultraviolet (UV) rays to provide enhanced protection.
A good night time treatment moisturizer with pumpkin will also help to hydrate, smooth and reinforce the skin’s barrier while you sleep.
For the best results this season, it’s simple – target skin with products containing pumpkin!
Try this simple pumpkin hair conditioner for a simple way to restore dry hair:
- 1 cup of pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup of whole milk yogurt
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Mix all ingredients and with a brush or your fingers apply to damp hair. Leave on 15 -30 minutes. Rinse well.
Brighten your face with a simple face mask:
- 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon of whole milk yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 5-10 drops olive or coconut oil. Mix all together and apply to your cleaned skin. Leave on 15-20 minute. Rinse off and use your moisturizer.
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Information provided by: Alexis DAlba, Wellness Today, 2013
Sharon Maxwell, The International Derma Institute, 2012