When we think of autumn, instantly our mind draws towards Halloween; costumes, makeup, parties and most importantly pumpkins. Needless to add, Pumpkins have tremendous benefits on the skin, not only are they blessed with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants they have plenty of natural beauty benefits. Let’s take a peek at some beauty benefits of pumpkins, just in time for the chilly winter.
The proteins plentiful in pumpkins help remove toxins or other impurities that may be clogging the pores giving way to oily, acne prone skin. For treating oily skin, just whip up one tablespoon of pumpkin puree with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Apply the paste on damp skin and wash off. Regular application of this mixture will result in smooth and soft complexion!
Pumpkin works as an ideal skin exfoliator, perfect dead skin remover and helps steer clear of of dull complexion. Add two teaspoons of cooked or canned pumpkin puree with a half teaspoon of honey and a quarter teaspoon of heavy whipping cream. Apply the paste evenly on the skin and let it set for 15 minutes before rinsing.
People prone to acne breakouts, pumpkin extracts are ideal as they are full of vitamins E and T. It promotes healthy skin, reduces skin pore and prevents the appearance of pesky pimples. A good acne fighting toner, rub the inner flesh of fresh pumpkin on to your face twice daily after washing.
Pumpkins are full of antioxidants that brighten the skin and produce radiant skin cells. Fine source of Vitamin C, keep wrinkles at bay besides eat pumpkin to improve skin tone and elasticity.
Winter season can leave your crowning glory lacking lustre. Pumpkin’s minerals and flavonoids make it the best natural hair conditioners. Take two cups of chopped pumpkin, one teaspoon of coconut oil, one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of yoghurt, make it into a puree in a blender and add coconut oil or honey to make a smooth consistency. You may apply the paste on damp shampooed hair, for about thirty minutes and then rinse off with water.
Sun Damage reversal
The beta-carotene in pumpkin helps reverse UV damage which brightens and smooths the skin, slows down ageing of the cells. Eating enough pumpkin can help to protect against damaging UV rays and reduces the risk of cataracts.
Dark Spots or blemishes
A fine oxidant for removing dark marks and maintaining soft skin. Add one tablespoon of pumpkin puree, one teaspoon of honey, one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of vitamin E oil together and mix them well. Apply the paste to your damp face and let it dry for 30 minutes before washing off with water.
Pumpkin is the best natural lip balms. Take 6 teaspoons of coconut oil and 3 tablespoons of grated beeswax in a double boiler, once melted stir in 1 teaspoon of pumpkin puree, 2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir well and give some time to cool before
applying to the lips.
Strengthening polishes are a thing of the past, pumpkin seeds work wonders for the nails. Loaded with Vitamin E, protein, zinc, fibre, it’s alkaline properties fight inflammation in the body. Eating pumpkin seeds will keep your nails stronger.
Oil extracted from the pumpkin seed can be added to your regular bath, an organic supplement for soft and supple skin.