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Rejuvenate Your Skin This Spring with the Benefits of Pumpkin

May 6, 2014

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With spring upon us and summer right around the corner, it’s time to doff our winter sweaters and pull on our T-shirts. Longer days are here, bringing chirping birds, blossoming tulips, and vitamin D-enriching sunshine. But before you head outside to soak up the sun’s revitalizing rays, it’s a good idea to rehydrate your wintered skin. One of the best all-natural ways to do so is by tapping into the benefits of pumpkin. The big orange squash offers some of the best vitamins and minerals for healthy skin, making it something of a wonder-vegetable when it comes to natural beauty.

Pumpkins are rich in vitamins A, B, and C, each of which offers important nutrients for your skin. Vitamin A helps your skin regulate its cell growth and—most importantly—it also helps rebuild skin tissue. If your skin has become dry or scaly after braving the winds of winter, the vitamin A in pumpkins should be just what it needs to reverse this damage. Vitamins B and C also benefit your skin by helping to prevent acne and working as a powerful antioxidant to keep your skin supple and soft, respectively. Plus, the deep orange color of the pumpkin signals its high density of carotenoids, which offer the UV protection you’ll need now that the sun has returned. Skin-soothing minerals like zinc, magnesium, and iron round out pumpkin’s impressive dermatological pedigree.

We’ve already covered how revitalizing and rehydrating pumpkin hair treatments can be, and now we’ve got a deep moisturizing pumpkin body mask and a pumpkin facial that you can tailor to your individual skin type. Spring-ready skin is just a pumpkin purée away!

Moisturizing Pumpkin Body Mask

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. For a fresh pumpkin purée: Cut open the top of the pumpkin and remove the seeds (don’t forget to save them for a healthy and protein-rich snack!). Scoop out 3/4 to 1 cup of pumpkin flesh (a small amount is usually lost in the scooping process, so I recommend attempting to get a little more than 3/4 cup to even this out). Bake or steam the pumpkin flesh until it can be easily mashed with a potato masher or fork. If you have a food processor, use that for a more even purée.
  2. In a small bowl, combine pumpkin purée, coconut oil, and cinnamon.
  3. Apply the mixture onto your arms, legs, and anywhere else that needs a little extra moisture. This can get a bit messy, so it’s best to apply it in the shower.
  4. Leave the mask on for seven to ten minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Revitalizing Pumpkin Facial

Oily Skin Type Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Dry or Combination Skin Type Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée
  • 2 tablespoons plain, unsweetened yogurt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients, then use your fingertips to gently apply to your face.
  2. Leave the mask on your skin for three to five minutes, then rinse with warm water.

What’s your favorite all-natural beauty tip? Let us know in the comment section below!