There’s plenty of pumpkin during this time of year and that means fall has arrived! Pumpkin is one of fall’s best comfort foods as the weather gets colder and the days get shorter. Basic girls who love pumpkin are on to something! This time of year it’s crucial to get some pumpkin spice coffee and pumpkin pie in your diet. Not only because of how delicious they are, but they can also be beneficial to your skin and health.
Pumpkins aren’t just for jack-o-lanterns, they’re also a nutrient packed fall food. You can do so much with pumpkin this fall by the way of consuming it. You can juice raw pumpkin, make pumpkin soup, eat pumpkin seeds and cook many other recipes available on sites such as this one: allrecipes
If you add some pumpkin to your diet, here are some of nutrients that can benefit your skin:
Vitamin C – the vitamin C in pumpkins can help to fight free radicals and prevent your skin from aging. It can also help to fight off skin cancer. Vitamin C helps your body to create more collagen which will keep your skin plump and help you avoid saggy skin! This vitamin can also help by preventing inflammation and acne.
Carotenoids – These pigments found in vegetables and fruits contain antioxidants that protect your skin from oxidative damage. Carotenoids help to prevent aging by protecting structural proteins like elastin and collagen.
Vitamin A – Pumpkin contains beta-carotene which your body can convert into Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps keep your cells strong and your skin looking vibrant and hydrated.
Niacin & folate – Pumpkins are full of niacin and folate which increase blood circulation and cell renewal. Niacin can also help rid you of acne as well!
Minerals – Pumpkin is a great source of potassium, manganese, copper and zinc. Copper aids your skin in the production of collagen and elastin which helps provide pigment for both your skin and hair color. Zinc is an important mineral for wound healing and is also an anti-inflammatory.
Fiber – There is a high amount of fiber in pumpkin which can aid our bodies in the digestive process. Good digestion can help our skin as well. If your body is having digestive issues it can result in tired look skin.
If you use pumpkin as a skin treatment, here are some of the skin issues it can help:
Oily skin – Mix 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and apply it on a damp face until it dries (about 30 minutes). Rinse the mask off with warm water and then rinse your face with cold water. Immediately after apply moisturizer to treat your oily skin.
Dry skin – Mix 2 teaspoons of cooked or canned pumpkin puree with ½ teaspoon honey, ¼ teaspoon heavy whipping cream, and apply it on your face. Make sure to avoid your eye area. Let it sit for 15 minutes as a way to treat your dry skin. This face mask is a great way to exfoliate and condition your skin. Once dry, rinse the mask off with warm water and apply a moisturizer immediately after.
Dark spots – Mix 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree with 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil. Apply it to your damp face for 30 minutes to help reduce dark spots. After the mask has dried, rinse it off with warm water for the best results.
Pumpkin is a vegetable with so many benefits, not only for your skin but for your health. It’s great for you and delicious! When cooking for the holidays, it can be a great way to serve your family something that will benefit their health.
This fall, indulge in everything pumpkin, especially for your skin’s sake! If you have any questions on how to create any of these masks or are looking to treat a particular skin condition, I’m always happy to help with any questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to me via my social media pages or website!