It’s that time of year again: Starbucks has released their Pumpkin Spice Lattes. While the warm, cinnamon-sweet espresso beverage certainly makes a tasty treat, the allure of pumpkin isn’t limited to food and drink. Beauty companies are using pumpkin as a powerful healing ingredient in skincare. By carving out a little extra room in your skincare regimen for a few pumpkin products, you can greatly improve your skin’s health. Here’s why:
• Antioxidants: Pumpkin is rich in antioxidants, molecules that protect your cells from free radical damage (a key cause of aging).
• Enzymes: The natural enzymes in pumpkin are excellent exfoliators that speed cellular renewal and improve your skin’s texture and tone.
• Vitamins: Pumpkin is packed with vitamins A, C, K, and E, which help boost collagen production and make the skin softer and brighter.
• Minerals: Pumpkin contains minerals like copper and zinc that stimulate collagen and elastin and repair skin damage.
Here’s an idea: rather than tossing your Halloween pumpkin after October 31, try making one of these fun and easy skincare recipes instead. It’s a delicious way to pamper your skin.
Pumpkin Body Scrub
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup pureed pumpkin
Combine ingredients. Apply scrub to wet skin using circular motions, focusing on areas that are generally dry (such as the elbows or feet). Use as often as you like!
Pumpkin Face Scrub
5 Tbsp pureed pumpkin
2 Tbsp plain, unsweetened yogurt
1 Tbsp ground oats
Combine all ingredients and apply the mixture to slightly damp skin. Let the scrub set for a few minutes before gently rubbing it in (this allows the pumpkin and yogurt to soften dead skin cells). Use 1 – 2 times per week.
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 raw egg
½ tsp raw honey
Mix all ingredients and apply to clean, dry feet. Wrap feet with plastic wrap and let set for 15 minutes or longer, depending on the level of conditioning you want. Rinse with warm water and finish with your favorite moisturizing cream.