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Why Pumpkin Is Ridiculously Good for Your Skin

posted: 10/16/15
by: Mara Betsch
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Sure, we love our pumpkin-spiced foods as much as the next girl, but our favorite use for pumpkin exists outside of the kitchen. That pretty orange hue pumpkins have is actually a sign of just how nutritious they are, both for your body and your skin. Pigments called carotenoids give the gourd its color but they also have the ability to fight free radicals, which are what cause wrinkles and aging skin. In addition to being full of vitamins C and A (nutrients that have been shown to help your skin), pumpkin contains fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which boost cell turnover, leaving your skin smooth and bright).

And it's not just the flesh that's good for you. Pumpkin seeds can help acne sufferers by balancing hormone levels and controlling oil production. They're also rich in vitamin E, which is the nutrient responsible for painting your skin's barrier. Be sure to snack on those while you make the face mask below.

Excited to use pumpkin yourself? There are no shortage of products lining shelves (like this pumpkin enzyme mask or creamy pumpkin cleanser), but if you're looking for a cheaper alternative, there are plenty of DIY recipes. We especially like YouTube star Michelle Phan's simple face mask recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pureed, freshly cooked, or canned pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup ground almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon olive oil

Just mix all the ingredients and apply to clean, damp skin. Let the face mask sit for 5-10 minutes and then rinse it off.