Get pretty with pumpkins
With the haunting of Halloween just around the corner, don’t let your skin scare you. While everyone else is getting their pumpkins ready to carve, or chop up and roast for its flavour, we’re here to tell you about the beauty benefits the squash provides. Whether eaten or used in products, behold the power of the pumpkin.
The vitamin B3 in pumpkin will help boost the levels of fatty acids and ceramide – both essential to strong and supple skin. A thick outer barrier will not only keep germs out, but it will also ensure no moisture is lost. Furthermore B3 will banish dark circles thanks to it transferring pigments to skin cells. Omega-3 fatty acids are present too, that will thicken your locks and make them shinier and healthier.
Another vitamin the squash boasts is A, which will keep your complexion bright and strong as well as aiding your immune system. Meanwhile Carotenoids, which give the pumpkin its orangey yellow exterior, are powerful antioxidants that protect your skin along with fending off wrinkles.
The pros don’t stop there; pumpkin is also full of zinc and magnesium, the former supporting your immune system and giving you a natural glow while the latter is a mineral linked to detoxification in your body. With all these amazing nutrients in pumpkin you’ll want to incorporate it into your life any way you can, perhaps starting with a spicy soup or roasting it up with herbs.
Or, if you’re not a fan of the taste, you could whip up your own face mask, using around 150g of crushed baked pumpkin and an egg (wait until the pumpkin is cool though – you don’t want the egg to scramble!). Add a drop of honey if your skin is dry, and for oily complexions add a drizzle of cranberry juice or cider to give it an astringent finish. Cover your face, avoiding eyes and mouth, and leave for up to 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.