Beauty Uses for Pumpkin This Holiday Season
If you’ve read our previous article Why You Should Totally Be Obsessed With Pumpkin This Fall, then you may already be familiar with the amazing health benefits of pumpkins. They are packed with vital nutrients that are good for not just your over all health, but also your skin.
Eating pumpkin is the primary way to get use out if its vitamins and minerals, but your skin also absorbs topical substances to pull nutrients into the blood stream. Our skin acts like a sponge for products, and so whatever you put on to it gets used.
What Pumpkin Can Do For You
Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A, which is essential to promoting hydrating even tone skin. Vitamin A encourages cell regeneration by increasing collagen production in skin. This helps to thicken or plump skin to prevent sagging and wrinkling. It can be used for anything from acne to fine lines and dark spots.
Pumpkin also contains vitamin C, which is a common active ingredient in many skin care products. Vitamin C is a rich antioxidant that also aids the production of collagen. As you age the concentration of vitamin C and collagen in the skin decreases. This is the reason that skin becomes drab, wrinkled, and dull. By providing the skin with more vitamin C, you encourage the production of collagen to keep skin looking fresh and young.
So How Should You Use Pumpkin?
When heat is applied to food, it kills off some of its nutrients, so be sure not to use cooked pumpkin for your skin. In a similar sense, when you blend pumpkin, the rotation of the blade also generates heat, which could affect the nutritional content of the pumpkin. The best method would be to mash the raw pumpkin to the best of your ability. For this reason, it’s best to use the inner softest part of the pumpkin that you would normally gut out.
You can apply straight mashed pumpkin to the skin as a hydrating mask, or you can add brown sugar and olive oil to create a hydrating exfoliator. You can also use it as a body wash to cleanse and moisturize the skin. If you combine it with coconut oil, it can be used as a deep conditioning treatment for hair. Just apply, let sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse out. These are just a few of pumpkins topical uses, get creative! And don’t waste your pumpkin bits this holiday season.