The Power of Pumpkins!
Pumpkin is great for your skin. Pumpkin is excellent for the healthy skincare of all skin types, but especially on skin that’s been damaged by environmental conditions, such as overexposure to the sun. Pumpkin delivers powerful anti-inflammatory benefits and natural UV protectors—and it’s the perfect exfoliant for any skin.
Pumpkin pulp, seeds, and seed oil are all used in beauty products. Pumpkin seeds contain MMP (matrix metalloproteinase) inhibitors that slow down the weakening of collagen and elastin fibers leading thin, sagging skin.
The enzymes and fruit acids in pumpkin help slough off dead skin to rejuvenate the skin. Vitamin A helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating cell turnover; Vitamin C and beta-carotene protect your skin; and the amino acids in pumpkin provide nourishment.
Pumpkin peels and scrubs can help acne-prone skin, that’s because pumpkins are night in zinc, Vitamins E and T (torulitine), which help reduce inflammation, control excess oil, and help skin recover from acne-related damage.
Whipping up a fresh pumpkin facial treatment can help remove toxins stuck deep within the pores, and also deliver a boost of moisture to dry or cracked skin. Here are some easy ways to use fresh pumpkin in your beauty regimen:
Pumpkin Recipes for Normal to Oily Skin
Pumpkins are high in zinc which is a mild astringent that tightens skin tissues – it also has anti-inflammatory properties that make this an excellent cleanser.
- 1 Wedge Fresh Pumpkin
- ¼ Cup Milk
- ¼ Cup Water
Remove the skin and seeds from the pumpkin slice and cut it into cubes. Microwave the pumpkin cubes until soft. Mash the pumpkin. Combine 2 tablespoons of mashed pumpkin with the milk and water – blend well.
How to Use: Pour a small amount of Pumpkin Cleanser onto a clean, wet sponge or washcloth and gently wash your face every morning and evening (will not remove makeup). Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry.
Creamy Pumpkin Mask
- 1 Small/Mini Pumpkin
- 1 Cup Warm Milk
- ½ Cup Mineral Water
Cut pumpkin in half and peel it. Boil pumpkin halves in a saucepan with the milk for 30 minutes. Allow it to cool then cut pumpkin into very thin slices.
How to Use: Place pumpkin slices over face and neck and relax for 20 minutes. Rinse with the warm milk and then rinse with the mineral water.
Pumpkin Mask with Apples & Oats
Aside from the skin softening benefits of the pumpkin, the apples tone and renew the skin leaving it flawless. The oats will provide a slight exfoliating action, leaving it smooth.
- 2 Tablespoons of shredded Apple
- 2 Tablespoons of shredded Pumpkin
- 1 Teaspoon Flaxseed Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Old-fashioned Oatmeal (not instant)
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and blend or mix well.
How to Use: Cover your face and neck with the mixture and relax for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry. Follow with your moisturizer.
Pumpkin Recipes for Dry Skin
- 1 Fresh Pumpkin Wedge
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Water
Peel and shred the pumpkin and bring to boil in a small saucepan with the water and the salt. Boil until pumpkin is soft. Drain and blend until pumpkin is creamy. Allow mixture to cool before using.
How to Use: Gently wash your face with Pumpkin Cleanser in the evening using a clean fingertips in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry.
- 1 Fresh Pumpkin Wedge
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Remove the skin and seeds from the pumpkin slice and cut it into cubes. Microwave the pumpkin cubes until soft. Mash the pumpkin. Combine 2 tablespoons of mashed pumpkin with the olive oil and blend well.
How to Use: Gently apply this mask to your face and neck and relax for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, pat skin dry and apply your moisturizer.
Soothing Pumpkin & Apricot Moisturizer
- 1 Slice Fresh Pumpkin
- ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 Tablespoon Apricot Kernel Oil
- ½ Tablespoon Distilled Water
- 1 Cup Water
Peel and cube pumpkin. Boil in water for 5-7 minutes to soften. Drain, then mix 3 tablespoons of pumpkin with baking soda, oil and water. Blend well. Microwave mixture in small bowl on high for 20 seconds. Allow to cool before using. Can be refrigerated in a sealed container for 1 week.
How to Use: Gently apply to face and neck every morning and evening after cleansing.
Great for cracked heels or very dry patches of skin on your knees and elbows, soothe and soften the skin with a pumpkin balm.
Mix together equal parts of petroleum jelly with cooked pumpkin and massage onto the troubled skin area. You’ll be left with smooth, suppler skin and will also benefit from pumpkin’s natural moisturizing benefits.
Anti-Aging Pumpkin Mask
The active qualities in Pumpkin (Vitamins A and C and zinc) help to heal and protect the skin from free radicals, all while gently dissolving dead skin cells. The addition of egg helps bind the mask together, nourishing and lifting the skin.
- ¼ Cup Cooked Pumpkin
- 1 Egg – Beaten
Whisk together the pumpkin and egg.
For dry skin: Add a little honey – this not only acts as a humectant (helps retain moisture in the skin), but the natural sweetener provides antiseptic properties, too.
For oily skin: For an astringent effect, mix in a splash of apple cider or cranberry juice.
How to Use: Slather the mixture on your face. Relax for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Pat skin dry and follow up with a moisturizer.