Whenever I think about pumpkin, I think of a delicious Thanksgiving dessert, or carved pumpkins for Halloween, but rarely do I associate pumpkin with skin care.
But then I started researching all the wonderful benefits of pumpkin for your skin, and realized that pumpkin can be very healing for skin issues, including acne. Since I’ve already made vitamin C and honey face masks, I figured I would give pumpkin a try!
So what exactly can pumpkin do for your skin? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits.
Benefits Of Pumpkin For Skin Care
Besides being a delicious pie filling for the holidays, pumpkin is full of essential nutrients that make it really healthy to eat, and also nourishing for your skin.
Vitamin C – Pumpkin is full of vitamin C, which is wonderful for your skin and can help reduce the appearance of age spots, sun spots, and acne scarring. It’s high vitamin C content is also beneficial as an anti-aging treatment for your skin, as the antioxidants help protect against free radicals and the appearance of wrinkles.
Natural Enzymes – Pumpkin is full of natural enzymes that help slough off dead and dry skin, leaving your face smoother and more polished. The enzymes will naturally “eat” away the dry skin cells, acting as a safe and gentle exfoliant for your skin.
Carotenoids – Carotenoids are organic pigments in food that give some vegetables their bright orange hue, like carrots, squash, and pumpkin. Beta-carotene and alpha-carotene are wonderful antioxidants that help protect against UV damage to the skin.
B Vitamins – Pumpkin is a great source of B vitamins including niacin, folate, riboflavin, and B6. Niacin and folate work by improving circulation in the skin, and are good for treating acne and helping to increase cell renewal for anti-aging properties.
Minerals – Pumpkin contains natural sources of zinc, potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron, which are essential minerals that the skin needs to stay healthy. Zinc is important for protecting cell membranes, maintaining collagen, promoting skin renewal, and helping treat acne.
Natural Enzyme Pumpkin Face Mask
For this recipe you can either use fresh pumpkin meat that has been slowly roasted in the oven, or pumpkin puree from a can (much quicker!). Make sure to get pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling, which will have additives that you probably don’t want on your face.
You can also make a larger batch of this recipe, and freeze the mixture in individual ice cube molds for up to 3 months. If you choose to freeze this mixture for later use, don’t add in the Vitamin E to the mix until you thaw it out and are ready to use. This will ensure the potency of the vitamin E stays intact, and won’t be degraded by the freezer.
What You’ll Need
What To Do
- Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and apply to your face in an even layer.
- Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water and a washcloth.
Alternatively, you can add a teaspoon of sugar to your mixture to make a face scrub if you have really dry skin and need some extra exfoliation. For acne, you can substitute the raw honey for apple cider vinegar, but the honey is also really good for acne treatment as well.
Have you ever used pumpkin for skin care?