Fall is here to stay. This means leaves littering both sides of the street, the start of a seemingly endless assortment of sweets, and pumpkins – pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies, pumpkins on stoops. But how about incorporating pumpkin into your skincare routine?
There are many benefits of pumpkin for various skin types due to the numerous vitamins contained inside, including vitamins A, C, E, and Zinc. You can also refer to this article by the International Dermal Institute for more information.
Vitamin A reduces wrinkles and fine lines as well as the breakdown of collagen, delaying the appearance of aging. It also repairs skin cells, lowers the amount of sebum, and treats acne. This antioxidant can not only nourish but also hydrate the skin, allowing for a healthy, luminous glow.
Vitamin C also contains anti-aging properties. It can heal and rejuvenate the skin in addition to reducing inflammation and redness that can be caused by the harshness of autumn, such as the cold and wind.
Vitamin E protects against UV rays, which is always a factor for skin deterioration regardless of season or the temperature outdoors. This antioxidant also fights free radicals and helps in the anti-aging process. It is very moisturizing for the skin, necessary to fight the impending cold.
Last but not least, Zinc is excellent for reducing acne and oil production, great for those with oily or even combination skin.
With all of these nutrients, pumpkin is wonderful to eat and slather on your face. You can make a DIY face mask to treat your skin once or twice a week; just use two tablespoons of cooked or canned pumpkin along with your choice of honey for moisture, lemon for acne reduction, or yogurt for overall skin benefits. You can even use pumpkin as a hair conditioner. Mix together two cups of cooked or canned pumpkin and a tablespoon each of honey, yogurt, and coconut oil. Leave these concoctions on for about twenty minutes.
Enjoy beautiful, rejuvenated skin and, of course, the alluring aroma of pumpkin spice.