Beauty Powers of Pumpkins

pumpkins for health and beautyIt’s that time of year when  pumpkins and apples are  stacked  high on  roadside  farm stands and cinnamon  drenched desserts are  on every menu.  Turns out that  all these three iconic symols of autumn are packed with health and beauty benefits.

Pumpkin– Inside and Out

One cup of cooked pumpkin  has three grams of fiber, zero cholesterol and sodium, 100% of vitamin A and 20% of vitamin C, and 10% of potassium, copper, manganese, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B6– and all for just 50 calories.

Most of the pumpkin we eat in the US comes from cans.  It retains most of its nutritional payload  and is  much easier to use.  Just make  sure that you  purchase  plain canned pumpkin  not canned pumpkin pie filling which is  packed with sugar.  Added  sweetners and fat ( butter and cream) can be a common problem in pumpkin recipes  like pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin Alfredo sauce, and pumpkin risotto.  Rather  than  obscure a healthy ingredient,  try adding  a few tablspoons of  canned pumpkin to  your almond  milk smoothie, whole grain pancakes, or buttermilk waffles.

And  when you carve up  your pumpkin  for  Halloween,  make sure you save  and roast the seeds.  They are packed with  anti-inflammatory and anti-aging phytosterols that  reduce the “bad”  cholesterol

Pumpkin  in Your Skin Care

Pumpkin  pulp  and seeds  deserve a place in your family menus.  But wait, there is more good news.   Pumpkin pulp is loaded with  enzymes and Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Rich in vitamin A and vitamin C,  pumpkin  can offer  powerful anti-aging  antioxidants. In addition they act as  natrual exfoliants that clarify the skin  leaving it soft and glowing.  You can buy  products  enriched with pumpkin, but I love to make my own.  Whenever I use pumpkin in a recipe,  I save   a few tablespoons for a beauty treatment.

1.Pumpkin Mask  for Dry Skin

Mix two tablespoons of pumpkin pulp with 2 teaspoons of honey.  Rub  a  bit into the skin, then let it dry for 30 minutes.  RInse off with warm  water  and enjoy   fresh, smooth skin

2. Pumpkin Body Scrub

Combine three tablespoons of pumpkin pulp, one tablespoon olive  oil with two tablespoon  granulated sugar.  Gently massage into the body , then rinse off in a warm shower. You get mild exfolition from the pumpkin and  the grains of sugar  as well as the glycolic acid in the sugar.  Yet its a gentle exfoliation  that delivers  for all skin types.

 

Next week– health and beauty benefits of cinnamon

 

 

3 thoughts on “Beauty Powers of Pumpkins

  1. Hi, been using cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil as my moisturizer for 3 years now. I don’t get the same micro-peeling effect I used too and I’ve decided to commit to using Retin-A. Just concerned about irritations at this point. Did a patch test and felt nothing and there’s no redness or any warm reaction on my skin. Would you suggest using the 0.05% cream directly or mix it with moisturizer first? Also, can I still use pumpkin seed on top of Retin-A?

    • You can start using Retin A every other night and work up to every night if it’s well tolerated. I would not use a moisturizer that may produce perking. instead I suggest a moisturizer with ceramides or hyaluronic acid. Rather than mix it with Retin A I would use the moisturizer first.

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