Yes, you read right! Often thought of as a fruit, sometimes as a vegetable, but in truth these fine orange specimens are berries. Another little known fact of pumpkins is: they are chalked full of skin purifying nutrients and vitamins!!!
Pumpkins are packed with antioxidants, natural enzymes, iron, zinc, phytonutrients and vitamins such as vitamin A, C, and K. The fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) increase cell turn over and rejuvenation. These work as natural exfoliants ridding the body of dead and dying cells, bringing the new layers of healthy skin to the surface. Thus helping to maintain bright, beautiful, and smooth skin complexion. Vitamin A and C work together to increase the bodies ability to produce collagen (the wonderful substance that helps keep our skin tight, smooth and hydrated). The zinc found in pumpkins works like a dream for acne sufferers. Zinc assists in hormonal balancing and as well as sebum (skin oil) production. Helping the body find a natural balance between too much and too little oil production.
Pumkin is gentile enough for all skin types. Though not though of as a "go to" in the beauty industry, this time of year I can not help but think about all of the wonderful nutrients (in big, round, orange, berry form) just sitting out on peoples door steps.
DIY Pumpkin Beauty (it's a Cinderella tale...)
1: 1 tablespoon cooked pumpkin puree (organic canned pumpkin will also do)
2: 1 tsp raw honey
Mix ingredients together, apply a thin layer to the face allowing 10-15 minutes to do it's magic, then rinse with warm water.
*If you are prone to acne add 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar to the mix and follow above mentioned directions.
As always we would love to hear from you! Are you a pumpkin lover, wondering what to do with that pumpkin after the holidays? Let us know, post us photos. Happy holidays.
Thank you and until we meet again. Tata