Pumpkin contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that will help to brighten your skin and leave you looking radiant and glowing.
Here are our top reasons why Pumpkin can work wonders on your skin:
Fights Free Radicals
Vitamin C serums, lotions and oils, are *the* new beauty vitamin (and for good reason!).
Vitamin C has powerful anti-inflammatory properties to fight free radicals and protect your skin against the signs of aging. It promotes the formation of collagen, a structural protein that’s absolutely essential for keeping skin taut and plump. Read more about Vitamin C here.
Protects Against Oxidative Damage
Carotenoids are organic pigments that are responsible for producing orange, red and yellow hues in fruits and veggies. Breaking it down even further, alpha-carotenes are found in yellow-orange fruits and veggies while beta-carotene are found in red-orange fruits and veggies. But color isn’t the only thing carotenoids are for, they’re also a class of antioxidants that protect the skin against oxidative damage.
Every time you step outside, you expose your skin to wind, damaging UV rays and air pollution. Those elements can break down important structural proteins, namely elastin and collagen, and can lead to wrinkles, sagging and an overall aged complexion. Pumpkin nourishes skin cells with these powerful antioxidants. As a result, you can enjoy a more youthful complexion and reduce damage from the environment.
Pumpkins contain high amounts of beta-carotene (the red-orange pigment), which your body converts into Vitamins A and C. Both of these vitamins are super important for a healthy looking complexion. Vitamin A strengthens cells and hydrates the skin, while Vitamin C fights inflammation to keep skin conditions like acne at bay.
Along with these antioxidant vitamins, pumpkins are also rich in niacin and folate. These vitamins both increase blood circulation, which helps to stimulate cell renewal. Other vitamins found in pumpkin include Vitamin K, almost all of the B Vitamins, and Vitamin E.
Minerals Fight Inflammation
We often forget the importance of minerals for healthy, bright skin, and pumpkins are full of them! Pumpkins are rich in magnesium, manganese, potassium, copper, iron and zinc. While all these minerals are important for a healthy skin, zinc is a mineral that most of us are deficient in. Not enough zinc may be the cause of those nasty breakouts you might be experiencing, as it helps with inflammation, infections and cell renewal.
We hope this article helps you to truly make the most of every part of your pumpkin this fall season. So let the kids have fun making jack o’ lanterns while you put up your feet with a pumpkin home treatment mask! Your skin will thank you.