Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tis the Season for Pumpkin

It's finally the season of Pumpkin Spice! Say Yay to fall with all the pumpkin inspired drinks from coffee to lattes. Lucky for you this fruit has amazing benefits, especially for your skin ! Pumpkin contains enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids that increase cell turnover, brighten and smooth skin, and are great exfoliaters.Vitamin A and C help prevent free-radical damage and boost collagen production for younger-looking skin.

The zinc in pumpkin seeds is good for acne to help decrease oil production, while the essential fatty acids help with barrier function to increase hydration.The essential fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and E help increase the moisture of hair and maintain cell turnover of the scalp while healing inflammation.

Ever think about using pumpkin for your hair and skin ? Try out some of these fun ideas next time you want to give your body a little revamp!

Pumpkin Face Mask

1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp manuka honey

Mix ingredients together. Apply a thin layer to skin, and rinse off after five minutes.

Turmeric powder helps brighten skin and heal inflammation associated with acne, while manuka honey is a humectant that provides your skin with moisture and additional anti-acne properties.

Face Scrub

1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1/4 cup benzonite clay
1/4 cup chamomile tea

Mix ingredients together. Apply a thick layer to skin. Wait 60 seconds, and then massage to exfoliate and rinse off.

The ground flaxseed is the secret ingredient here that washes off the dead skin cells that the pumpkin enzymes exfoliated off.

In-shower Moisturizer

1 tsp pumpkin seed oil
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tsp monoi oil

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle, and spray on body in shower after cleansing, making sure to rinse completely.

Coconut milk is extremely hydrating and rich in anti-aging and soothing fatty acids and oils. Monoi oil contains methyl salicylate, which nurtures skin and prevents environmental damage.

If you don't like to eat it then use it for making your skin and body amazing ! Pumpkin has unique anti inflammatory properties for your body helping with digestion and even an upset stomach!

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