INGREDIENT HIGHLIGHT: PUMPKIN BENEFITS FOR THE SKIN
October seemed liked the perfect month to highlight one of our favorite ingredients: pumpkin! This nutrient-rich, anti-aging and skin clarifying powerhouse ingredient can be used in 2 ways: the pulp and the seed. Both have unique properties and can be integrated in your routine in different ways.
First, let's take a look at pumpkin pulp. Bright orange and oh so tasty, the pulp is super rich in nutrients and antioxidants. There is so much in pumpkin pulp, it's just amazing, but for the sake of simplicity, we are going to keep it short and sweet! First, cartenoids which are antioxidants which help prevent free radical damage to the skin (aka premature aging!). Vitamin A which promotes the production of fibroblasts - a cell that helps keep your skin firm. Vitamin E which is a strong antioxidant. Vitamin C another powerful antioxidant but also a collagen boosting ingredient (see our blog post about vitamin C to find out more!). The pulp is also where you will find fruit enzymes that gently exfoliate the skin to increase cell turnover and will brighten and soften your complexion. Oh, the pulp also contains tons of beneficial minerals as well.
Want to try using pumpkin pulp in your skincare routine? Well, you can make a mask at home with cooked pumpkin pulp or organic pumpkin powder. We love mixing pumpkin pulp with our White Clay Brightening Mask to rev up the brightening properties!
Here's a simple DIY pumpkin mask recipe you can try today!
1 Tbsp of pumpkin pulp or pumpkin powder
1 Tbsp honey (for a vegan option, either skip the honey if you are using fresh pulp, or use coconut yogurt or water if you are using pumpkin powder)
1 Tbsp White Clay Brightening Mask or clay of your choice
1 tsp of turmeric (optional)
Directions: Mix all powders together. Add "wet" ingredients (fresh pulp, honey, water and/or yogurt) a little at a time until the mask reaches your desired consistency.
Looking of an easier way to integrate pumpkin pulp? Try our Pumpkin + Wild Carrot Soap which we make with both pumpkin pulp and pumpkin seed oil which brings us to pumpkin seed oil benefits!
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin seeds aren't usually used as is, but instead we use the oil cold pressed from the seeds. Pumpkin seed oil is rich in zinc which is a great for acne sufferers. Zinc has been shown in some studies to reduce break outs when topically applied. Pumpkin seed oil is also high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega 6. It also contains phytosterols, which can help decrease inflammation, and has a good amount of skin-restoring linoleic acid. The oils also contains Vitamin C which as we mentioned above boosts collagen production. We use this oil in our Night Balm and as I mentioned above, our pumpkin soap. You can also make your own facial oil with a cold pressed pumpkin seed oil!
Have any recipes or stories you would like to share with use about using pumpkin in your skincare routine? We'd love to hear them! Please share in our comments section of this blog.
Look for an edible pumpkin recipe on this blog coming up this month!