You may or may not like to eat up those orange laced displays – pumpkins, but you’ll definitely love to see their amazing effects on your face! Wondering!!!! Stick around to know more.
“Pumpkin contains enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids that increase cell turnover, brighten and smooth skin, and are great exfoliators,” says Patricia Wexler, M.D., dermatologist New York. “Vitamins A and C help prevent free-radical damage and boost collagen production for younger-looking skin”, she adds. “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, she further adds.
“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,” explains Wexler. And for those with oily scalp – “the zinc in pumpkin helps control the level of sebum, or oil, the scalp produces”, says Wexler.
The explanation of Wexler hence proves that pumpkin is effective in the enhancing health as well as Beauty.
So, here are 4 home-recipes of pumpkin that will prove to be effective to bring back that glow on your face.
- Face Mask – Take 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin, 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder and 1 tsp. manuka honey and mix them well. Apply the pack evenly on your face and let it dry. Rinse it off after 5 minutes. The turmeric powder in the pack helps brighten your skin and heal the inflammation caused due to the acne. On the other hand, manuka honey is a substance that provides moisturization and added anti-acne properties.
- Body Scrub – To make a natural pumpkin based body scrub, mix 1 cup pureed pumpkin with 1/4 cup each of jojoba oil, coffee grounds and Himalayan salt. Use the mixture as a body scrub while taking shower or bath. The super nourishing power of Jojoba oil and antioxidants present in it make it a great carrier oil for a body scrub. In addition, the caffeine component of coffee grounds helps aids in smoothening out the skin and minimizes the appearance of cellulite. And as a bonus, pink Himalayan salt contains trace minerals that are beneficial for skin.
- In-shower body moisturizer – Moisturization is a must for the body, whether it’s summer or winter season. Hence, this natural in shower moisturizer will keep your body hydrated throughout the day. Add 1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil, half cup coconut milk and 1 cup of monoi oil. Mix all these ingredients in a spray bottle. Use it in shower after cleansing. Make sure to rinse it completely.
Coconut oil is a common and effective hydrating agent. It is also rich in anti-aging, soothing fatty acids and oils. Plus, the monoi oil has methyl salicylate that nourishes the skin from within and prevents environmental damage.
- Peel Off Exfoliator – To prepare the pumpkin peel off exfoliator, you’ll need to make little efforts! This is because the prime ingredient is the pumpkin juice. You won’t find it in any store; instead it’s easy to juice at home.
Simply, peel the pumpkin, separate out the pulp and seeds before juicing. Mix ½ cup of pumpkin juice with 2 packs of unflavored gelatin, ½ tsp. tomato juice and 2 tsp. egg whites. Take the mixture and microwave it until everything dissolves together. Wait for it to cool but make sure it doesn’t solidify. Apply the two layers of the paste onto skin and allow drying. Peel it off carefully. See the changes instantly.
The gelatin in the mixture makes the peel-off mechanism while tomato juice helps brighten skin controlling sebum production. For the uplifting and skin tightening, the egg white is solely responsible.