It is just the beginning, the season that jolts into a pumpkin mania: pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin candles, even pumpkin cream cheese. And why not pumpkin? This orange, seasonal squash sparks a sense of comfort as the days get cooler and catapults us into the beginning of the holiday season.
With the seasons changing, so does our skin. The air is chillier, the heaters come on, and the thicker moisturizers come out. It is important to keep the skin hydrated as the air will be more likely to dry it out. What a great time to use pumpkin on the skin.
As you are consuming pumpkin everything, you can also apply it to your skin for a smoother and brighter complexion. According to the International Dermal Institute, pumpkins have fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that promote cell turnover and glowy skin. Not to mention, this squash contains vitamins A & C which boosts collagen production to prevent signs of aging. Even the seeds are useful to the skin as they contain Zinc which help oil production and play a role in healing the skin. Aside from the seeds being high in Zinc, they are also high in fatty acids such as Vitamin E which help create a protective skin barrier for your skin to retain hydration during these upcoming, chilly days.
Whether you have pumpkin leftovers or are throwing it in every baking good, find a use for the leftovers and slather it on your face. It’s simple with two ingredients, pumpkin and egg. You can also customize your mask by adding honey for dry skin or apple/cranberry juice for oily skin.
You will be the quintessential meaning of fall as you relax in this at-home face mask while sipping your on your pumpkin spice latte. Sounds cozy!