Uses for Pumpkin Brains in Skin Care

In celebration of FALL and those wonderful Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes (everyone is so crazy about) returning, I’ve decided to address the benefits of this seasonal fruit. Yes, in case you grew up thinking they’re a vegetable, pumpkins are in fact a fruit! Unlike celery, carrots, kale, cabbage, broccoli, and potatoes – pumpkins have SEEDS. Which also means cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocados are also a part of the fruit fam.

Now that we’ve cleared that up.. Something to think about while discarding the slimy insides of your carved pumpkins, are all the great nutrients their innards contain. In regards to skincare, one of my favorite nutrients (and potentially) the most important is vitamin C. As we discussed in our recent blog Vitamin C Situation, adding it to your daily skin care routine cannot only help fight against the signs of aging, but prevent future damage caused by the free radicals that lead to the skin aging process. It’s also needed to create collagen and elastin, which are the connective proteins that give our skin the firmness and elasticity we all desire (while aging).  

Other nutrients found in pumpkins plus HOW they benefit our skin:

  • Vitamin A – moisturizes and soothes skin
  • Vitamin C – protects against wrinkles and signs of aging
  • Potassium – regulates the amount of water in your body’s cells
  • Copper – activates skin’s metalloproteinases (which removes damaged proteins)
  • Manganese – detoxifies free radicals
  • Magnesium –  lowers cortisol levels and stabilizes hormonal imbalances
  • Vitamin E – improves even skin tone
  • Zinc – assists in keeping skin clear of acne breakouts

Remember to EAT plenty of pumpkin as well. It’s high in fiber, which can help aid in clearing out your digestive tract. Why is that important? Because perfect skin care usually isn’t gained from external beauty products alone. You have to also maintain a well-rounded, nutritional diet! Fiber helps rid the body of toxins -which cause skin to look dull and unhealthy. Yay to fiber!


Found three great recipes on ECO-BEAUTIFUL WITH LINA HANSON . All are manageable and use natural ingredients that can be found (if not in your home) at your nearest health food store. I’d suggest staying away from canned pumpkin or any processed pumpkin products – as they contain tons of unnecessary ingredients that are probably not beneficial to skin care.


¼ cup cooked pureed pumpkin
¼ cup brown sugar

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to your body using a damp cloth. Scrub your body using circular motions and wash off with warm water.



¼ cup fresh pumpkin meat
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 egg yolk

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.


¼ cup fresh pumpkin meat
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
Splash of milk or cream

Combine the ingredients and blend it all together in a food processor. Apply the mixture to your face leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with water. The milk or cream is great for dry skin as it will moisturize and nourish it.

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TIPS ON: Travel and Skincare


You’ve finally got your skin care routine down and under control. Your skin looks great and the vacation you’ve been planning is just around the corner! ….so what’s your plan for maintaining the clear, supple look you’ve worked so hard for?

Remember, travel can be very challenging for our skin and bodies. For one, our sleep patterns and the actual amount of hours we spend asleep are usually disturbed. If you’re getting MORE sleep while on vacay – more power to you! Chances are you’re not, and therefore not giving your body the chance to detoxify, renew and recharge. Second of all, your diet and overall eating habits change. I won’t say “for the worst” because you’re on vacation and should relax and eat as much of whatever you want! However, your body and skin may not be on the same page. If your diet normally consists of fruit, vegetables, and chicken – but all of a sudden you’re ingesting bread, fried foods, red meat, and pasta – your skin is going to need some time to adjust.

Sleep, food, and alcohol intake may be semi-within your control. But what about the weather and overall difference in climate? For example: if you live in Seattle, your body will be in for a real shock when visiting the dry/sunny climates of Las Vegas or Palm Springs. OR, if you’re from the flatlands of the Midwest, the high altitudes of Denver or the Swiss Alps will be a major change/adjustment for your skin (and entire body)! Southern states usually have higher moisture and humidity levels – which can cause sweaty, oily, and irritated skin. My advice…plan accordingly! 


  • lotion/moisturizer
  • sunscreen
  • cleansing facewipes
  • aloe vera (for post sun / sunburn)

*Don’t forget to drink plenty of water*

Let’s also take time to consider your journey prior to arriving at your destination. What skincare precautions are you taking during your actual “travel time”? How are you protecting your skin while in flight? See our tips below!


  • NO MAKEUP. I know, who wants to arrive in an exotic place looking terrible? No one. However, depending on how long you’re in flight – the foundation you’ve applied along with the airplane air, grime, dust, dehydration can be a recipe for a breakout!
  • DEEP MOISTURIZE THE NIGHT BEFORE. Especially if you’re preparing your skin for a 6 – 16 hour flight! Get ahead of the game and apply an overnight hydrating mask.
  • SPRAY. Be sure to carry on a travel size, moisturizing, misting spray. It’s easy to carry with you to and from your bathroom breaks and will give your skin a boost while fighting the dry  airplane air!
  • SANITIZE YOUR TRAY TABLE. Do you know why it’s so easy to catch Pinkeye on a plane? Either people are not washing their hands OR parents are using the tray tables as a changing table for babies. (OK, that’s WORST CASE scenario..) The moral of this tip – is that tray tables are not thoroughly cleaned before each flight. Purchase a travel size of Purell Sanitizing wipes to clean around the area you’ll be sitting in, eating off of, and resting your phone/laptop. This will help limit the amount of germs you come in contact with…in case you accidentally touch your face.
  • DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE. AT ALL. Try to keep contact with your hands and face to a bare minimum. Again, the germs, dirt, and airplane grime can irritate your face – potentially causing a breakout!

Favorite Hydrating Spray:

Dermalogica: antioxidant hydramist

  • Hydrates to reduce fine lines associated with dryness.
  • Creates an antioxidant shield against free radicals.
  • Refreshing mist can be spritzed on skin throughout the day.
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Additional Uses for Aloe Vera

It’s been a HOT summer! Had any accidental burns? As we all know, the go-to product for such incidents is none other than: aloe vera.

Referred to by the ancient Egyptians as the “plant of immortality”, aloe vera has been known to have many benefits (external and internal) for centuries! If you’ve ever used post sunburn, you know the cooling sensation is comforting and helps take the edge off the initial pain of the burn. A true healer, it replenishes the moisture and nutritional qualities lost from being in the sun much longer than you should of been. SHAME.

If you don’t burn that often, the bottle of aloe vera stored away under your sink can still be put to good use! Because of all the amazing nutrients the plant contains – folks having been using it to repair dead skin cells found on the scalp, jumpstart weight loss, reduce blemishes, breakouts, and assist with digestion.

Let’s start with: WHAT exactly is aloe vera made of?

Naturally Contains:

  • Vitamins A, B, C, D and E
  • Vitamin B12 (one of the few plants to contain this nutrient!)
  • Minerals: calcium, copper, selenium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc
  • Anti-Inflammatories: campesterol, beta-sitosterol and lupeol

WHAT are the other uses for aloe vera?

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY – Yes! Let’s say you fall and scrape your knee or accidentally cut your finger while dicing vegetables. Use aloe vera as an antibacterial until you can get additional medical supplies.

MOISTURIZER –  If you’ve been having a hard time finding a moisturizer that works for you skin, this could be worth a try! Although you may like the make-up products you’re using, they could be drying out your skin – causing acne and irritation. For most, this product does NOT leave an oily/greasy residue.

AFTERSHAVE – For men AND women. Remember that aloe vera is a healing product! Whenever and wherever we shave, the blades create tiny cuts in our skin that provide a place for bacteria to grow. Applying a thin layer of aloe vera gel post shave will soothe and jumpstart the skin’s healing process.

ANTI-AGING – Many of the vitamins found in aloe vera are also linked to improving the firmness and elasticity in our skin. The more hydrated and firm your skin appears, the less visible the fine lines and wrinkles become.

SMOOTHIE INGREDIENT –  An ingredient I wouldn’t of thought to add! But considering all it’s natural vitamins, minerals and being linked to aiding digestion – this is not a bad idea.

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