Uses for Pumpkin Brains in Skin Care

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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!

DIY PUMPKIN MASK:

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.

PUMPKIN BODY SCRUB

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.

PUMPKIN FACE MASK

OILY SKIN

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.

DRY SKIN

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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