With the onset of fall, pumpkin season has officially arrived! Autumn can also bring with it a serious case of dry skin, and let’s face it—it can be hard to feel cute in your favorite apple-picking ensemble when your whole body feels tight and itchy. Pumpkin for skin is a wonderful seasonal remedy.
Pumpkin Power Inside and Out
Fortunately, pumpkins are good for more than gracing our homes with seasonal flair. This sizeable yet humble winter squash is packed full of vitamins and minerals that can nourish our skin from the inside out! Vitamins A, C, E, and B-6 are well-known complexion-boosters that help fight sun damage, plump up the skin, and give it a dewy glow. They’re also rich in magnesium, folate, and potassium—all of which aid healthy skin cell regeneration.
The best part about adding pumpkin to your skincare routine is that you can use it both topically and internally. In other words, you can have your pumpkin and eat it too!
Topically, it acts as an extremely gentle exfoliant and immediately infuses your skin with moisture and nutrients. When eaten, your body absorbs those same nutrients to continuously support healthy skin and a beautiful complexion.
Pumpkins for Skin
Here are a few ways you can harness pumpkin’s beautifying properties to make your skin radiant.
1. Soothing Face Mask
Few things make me happier than a good face mask, and this one is good enough to eat. Pumpkin puree is combined with glow-inducing Greek yogurt, anti-inflammatory raw honey, and restorative vanilla.
To make it, you’ll need:
- 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 2 tsp Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp liquid raw honey
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl.
- Apply evenly to freshly cleansed face and neck.
- Rinse after 10 to 15 minutes.
- Apply moisturizer to lock in the glow.