A lot of people know about the health benefits of eating pumpkins, but surprisingly do not know that the large, orange fruit are also beneficial when applied to the skin. The minerals found in pumpkins are mostly hard to come by via our regular diets, and these include manganese, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus. The pumpkin fruit is also known to help in controlling high cholesterol, arthritis and inflammation.
The fruit enzymes packed in pumpkins, as well as the presence of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), help to accelerate cell turnover and the removal of dead skin cells. When dead skin cells are removed, your complexion will be brightened.
The pumpkin fruit, when used in combination with other foods and applied as a face mask, multiplies the absorption of nutrients. The fruit can be combined with pomegranate, oranges, cranberries, etc. for desired effects. This is undoubtedly one of the greatest benefits of the fruit, as there are no rules for what it can be combined with, and one can carry out different experiments with the orange fruit.
Pumpkin is employed for beauty treatments due to its small, molecular structure which makes the nutrients permeate deep into the skin, thereby promoting the rejuvenation of the skin cells. It is the ideal solution for people with wrinkles, sun spots or dull complexions. The fruit also works well with whiteheads and blackheads, because it is high in Vitamins A and C. Accutane, an acne medication, has a large percentage of Vitamin A. this implies that when you apply pumpkin as a face mask, you are getting exposed to high doses of Vitamin A, which help to get rid of pores that are deeply clogged. At first, it appears as if the situation is getting worse, but by the time the process is over, your skin will be cleaner and clearer than it was before you applied the face mask.
The soothing and nourishing power of pumpkin make it suitable for people who have sensitive skin as it does not engender any form of irritation.
The essential fatty acids found in the pumpkin seed oil also help in regulating sebum, and a great solution for people with oily complexions.
As it was mentioned earlier, there are several varieties of face masks with pumpkin as one of the main ingredients. If you want to perform a pumpkin facial at home, here is a straightforward and easy recipe for you:
• one tablespoon of yogurt (or milk, heavy cream or buttermilk)
• one tablespoon of canned pumpkin
• half a tablespoon of honey
Mix these ingredients together, and then apply the pumpkin mixture uniformly on your face. Leave it on for about fifteen minutes, then rinse off the pumpkin facial with warm water. Use your regular moisturizer, and you can go ahead with whatever task you have scheduled for yourself.
Make sure that the mixture is not watered-down or use too much of the other suggested variants.
If you are one the people who suffer from major skin problems like enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, scars from acne or mismatched skin tones, then making use of the pumpkin fruit is your best chance of getting and maintaining a glowing skin.