Pumpkin season is here! They are just not for carving or eating at Thanksgiving dinner anymore. Pumpkins are packed with powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities to help rejuvenate your skin. It is no wonder that many beauty companies are using pumpkin as one of their main ingredients these days.
As per the International Dermal Institute, some of the key benefits are:
- Increased cell turnover, since pumpkins are packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that brighten and smooth the skin.
- Pumpkins contain antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C that help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent those terribly unwanted signs of aging.
- Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are necessary to maintain good barrier function of the skin. They also regulate sebum, so it’s great for oily skin.
- Since the molecular structure of pumpkin is small and it can penetrate deeper into the skin when used topically, it gives great results for dull complexions, aging skin, and pigmentation.
Where can you find pumpkin besides the produce section at the market?
Here are my top Picks:
MyChelle Creamy Pumkin cleanser Loaded with vitamins and exfoliating enzymes from pumpkin fruit that gently washes away the day’s burden. Available online and Hale’s Health Foods, or at your local Whole Foods or Vitamin Shoppe
MyChelle Pumkin Renew Cream A lightweight, hydrating all day face moisturizer that blends antioxidant-rich Pumpkin Seed Oil with Shea Butter and Vitamin E to protect cellular health and maintain hydration for that “I just had a facial feeling”. Available online and Hale’s Health Foods, or at your local Whole Foods or Vitamin Shoppe
Dessert Essence Lotion Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil, with high levels of Vitamins A, C, E, and K, plus zinc, helps to even skin tone and fade the appearance of age spots for the ultimate hand treatment. Available online, Beehive Natural Foods, and your closest Whole Foods & Vitamin Shoppe
Shea Terra Organics Shea Butter Scrub with Ginger and Pumpkin You must get rid off dead skin by exfoliating at least once a week. This scrub is loaded with organic shea butter and organic Malawi sugar to scrub away dead skin and pumpkin oil to help with cell turnover. Available online. Use code nov2014 at check out to receive 30% discount on your entire order. Valid until November 30th, 2014.
Shea Terra Organics Gingered Pumpkin Double Shea Butter Smooth-EE After the scrub seal in the moisture with this rich body butter infused with vitamin E and pumpkin seed oil, ginger and spices to soften and make skin look younger than ever. Available online. Use code nov2014 at check out to receive 30% discount on your entire order. Valid until November 30th, 2014.
Eminence Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel 5% Accelerate the exfoliation process with this enzyme peel that delicately removes dead skin cells from the face, reduces the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines and sun damage. This delicious purée of yam and pumpkin leaves skin looking firm and radiant. Available online or click here for a spa near you.
If you are into DYI like me, grab a small pumpkin to make a revitalizing hair and face mask. Save the seeds for a treatment from the inside out. Dr. Mercola recommends eating seeds raw to preserve the healthy fats present in the seeds. Click here for some tips from Dr. Mercola.
PUMPKIN FACE MASK
¼ cup fresh pumpkin meat
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Combine all the ingredients and blend it together in a food processor. Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.
PUMPKIN HAIR MASK
½ cup pureed pumpkin
¼ cup of natural plain yogurt
2 tablespoons of honey
An excellent conditioner for dry hair, this recipe will make your hair shiny and soft. Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Apply the mask through your entire hair (all the way from the roots to your tips.) Put on a shower cap and leave on for about 30 minutes. Rinse off well with lukewarm water. Style as usual.
Hope you like these ideas and don’t forget to eat and beautify in season. Nature knows best!