As the perfect icon of autumn and with it being Halloween today (Happy Halloween!), it seems fitting that we blog about the skin health benefits of pumpkins. We have also found some great face mask recipes for you to try courtesy of care2.com.
Pumpkins Protect the Skin
The same free-radical-neutralizing powers of the carotenoids in pumpkin that may keep cancer cells at bay can also help keep the skin wrinkle-free. Pumpkins help nourish your skin beautifully, sloughing off dead cells to reveal the fresh new skin underneath. Pumpkin, after all, contains lots of anti-oxidant vitamins A and C, as well as zinc and beneficial alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s) which help to increase the skin cells’ natural turnover rate, while removing dead, dehydrated and scaly cells on the surface, to reveal the smooth appearance of the new cells.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkins are packed full of life giving nutrients. Pumpkin seed oil yields essential fatty acids that regulate proper skin sebum (oil) production. This is not only important for normalising oily/acne skin, but also balances dry skin. Pumpkin seeds are additionally a great source of minerals, especially zinc, which is a great antioxidant and skin healer.
Pumpkins Can Also Boost Your Immune System
Well, maybe… Whether or not vitamin C can really ward off colds is still up for debate, but pumpkins are a solid source of the essential nutrient. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains more than 11 milligrams, or nearly 20 percent of the 60 milligrams the IOM recommends women need daily. (Men should aim for around 75 milligrams.)
Autumn can play some nasty tricks on your skin with its winds and chilly weather. But these face masks will have your skin looking and feeling great with very little effort needed to make them… especially if you are wondering what to do with the inside of your Halloween decoration.
Pumpkin Facial Mask
2 teaspoons cooked or canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon milk (or whipping cream, if your skin is very dry)
- Combine ingredients and apply to a clean face with gentle circular motions, avoiding the area around your eyes.
- Allow mask to remain on skin for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water, pat dry, and apply your usual moisturiser.
Pumpkin, Sugar, and Spice Scrub
1/2 cup cooked or canned pumpkin, pureed
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Combine ingredients in a bowl.
- Stand in a tub or shower stall and use a damp wash cloth to scoop some of the mixture up. Apply to body, starting with your feet and working your way up, but avoiding your face. Scrub gently using circular motions.
- Rinse with warm water and pat dry.