The first day of autumn has been and gone and that means pumpkin season is upon us. As people gear up ready to carve them out for Halloween it’s time to make use of the insides for an array of beauty needs.
Pumpkin is filled with plenty of beauty boosting ingredients that your skin will love, and the fact that its natural means there is plenty of natural benefits and its good for all skin types too.
Packed with more than your daily dose of vitamin A, plus plenty of vitamin C, potassium, a special blend of antioxidants and its moisturising texture all together mean that pumpkin is the perfect product to use on skin and hair.
Not only is it packed with disease and wrinkle-fighting ingredients, but it smells heavenly and is safe for most skin types.
Once you’ve used pumpkin in your beauty routine you’ll only be upset that you didn’t start sooner.
Pumpkins are rich in vitamins A, K and C and minerals such as zinc, copper, magnesium and potassium –nutrients that hydrate skin and stimulate hair growth.
Beta-carotene, the antioxidant which gives pumpkin its vibrant colour converts vitamin A in the body and provides another layer of protection from sun damage.
Here’s how to use pumpkin in your beauty routine:
Beauty uses of pumpkin
Get rid of dead skin cells and reveal a youthful skin tone with this pumpkin body scrub.
Combine the wrinkle fighting vitamin A in pumpkin, the exfoliating properties of the enzyme papain in papaya and the moisture-locking characteristics of honey and you’ve got a recipe for skin success.
Combine two tablespoons of fresh pumpkin, one teaspoon of honey, one teaspoon of papaya and one teaspoon of sugar. Apply to areas of the skin that are rough and dry and massage the mixture in for a minute or two and rinse.
The brown sugar and yogurt are exfoliants that will slough away dead skin cells, while honey is a humectant that absorbs water from the ait and naturally moisturises the skin.
Mix together one cup of pumpkin, two tablespoons of brown sugar, one tablespoon of honey and half a cup of yogurt. Spread on a thin coating with your finger tips or a cotton pad and leave on skin for 8-10 minutes.
Lock in moisture before heading out into the cold and blustery climate of autumn by smoothing on a body cream made from pumpkin, coconut oil and ground cinnamon. This can get pretty messy so put this on whilst in the shower, let soak in for a few minutes, rinse with warm water and gently pat the skin dry with a fluffy towel.
Combine half a cup of pumpkin puree with a quarter cup of yogurt, two tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply on hair and leave for up to 20 minutes, then wash and condition hair as normal.
High in zinc and vitamins C and A, this gourd-like squash helps help and protect the skin from free radicals, all the while gently dissolving dead skin cells. The addition of the egg helps to bind the face mask together while also nourishing and lifting the skin
Whisk together about 150g of pumpkin and one egg. Mix in either a splash of apple cider of cranberry juice and slather the mixture on your face. Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes and rinse off for a more refreshed complexion.
Don’t forget the seeds...
Rich in monounsaturated fats, magnesium and zinc these seeds shouldn’t be wasted. Instead sprinkle them with olive oil, season and pop them in the oven for a crunchy and skin-healthy snack. Since zinc is a big part of the cell metabolism process getting your daily dose ensures all your cells maintain collagen and turn over at a normal rate, all the while protecting against cell damage and UV radiation.