Beauty Hacks: 4 Ways Your Skin Can Benefit From Leftover Pumpkins by Dr. Gretchen Frieling

Skin Care
3 years ago

Beauty Hacks: 4 Ways Your Skin Can Benefit From Leftover Pumpkins

Instead of throwing out the pumpkins you used this October for decoration, you can reuse them for various beauty and health purposes. Pumpkin is a great way to incorporate more vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E as well as essential fatty acids that help reduce markers of aging while also moisturizing the skin.

So how can you incorporate your leftover pumpkin into your daily regimen? Mashing it up into a face mask to moisturize, using it as an ingredient in an exfoliant mixture with brown sugar and honey or using some of it in your meal prep to garner some of the benefits of pumpkin from the inside out. Here are four reasons why you should incorporate your Halloween pumpkin leftovers into your wellness routine:

1. Addresses Age Marks, Wrinkles and Brown Spots

Pumpkin contains vitamin A derivatives that aid in reducing the depth of fine lines over extended periods. Excessive sun exposure may accelerate spots of hyperpigmentation and the degradation of the skin’s firmness. Pumpkin can add an extra nudge to your beauty routine to address this.

2. Alleviates Acne and Helps With Oily Skin

Pumpkin contains a healthy portion of zinc in its seeds. Zinc can help alleviate acne in some people. While not nearly as powerful as a prescription acne treatment, adding pumpkin seeds to your daily routine as a snack can help give you extra zinc, iron, magnesium, fiber and even protein. It will also work to regulate oil production in the skin, helping to prevent the build-up of excess oil in the pores.

3. Uneven Skin Tones and Smoother Texture

Many patients experience problems with their skin texture and uneven skin tones. Today, a variety of beauty products use pumpkin as an additive to aid in smoothing out skin tones and textures. Pumpkin can get the job done because it contains alpha-hydroxy acids, which are naturally found in food and that is often used to improve dry, wrinkled or acne-prone skin. What AHAs do to the skin is clear out the outermost layer of dead skin cells and thickening the deeper layers to create the appearance of tighter skin.

4. Powerful Anti-inflammatory

Nutrients and minerals such as zinc, vitamin A and vitamin E also reduce inflammation. These are found in a variety of fruits, vegetables and grains. Some examples include carrots, pumpkin, squash, beans, spinach, kale, sunflower seeds, broccoli, blueberries and brown rice. Vitamin C in pumpkin helps reduce inflammation, puffiness and redness in the skin while also calming the epidermis. Vitamin C is also popular for its collagen-boosting effect.

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Donna John
Never thought to use pumpkin as a beauty treatment! First Dawn Taylor tells us all the health benefits of pumpkin seeds, now we find out pumpkin flesh is good on your face. Who knew? Dr. Gretchen Frieling
Elisa Schmitz
Love knowing this, thank you. I'm a huge fan of pumpkin. Didn't know it's an anti-inflammatory. I'm all over it, Dr. Gretchen Frieling !
Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
Hold on, I have to go grab my Jack-O-Lantern off the porch. I will just cut it in half and place the holes over my face like a mask. Instant spa! You think I'm kidding, but I'm not! This is awesome. I never knew!

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