Nothing says fall like the distinctive hue of a bright orange pumpkin. These adaptable squash plants are perfect for all your holiday festivities: as jack o’ lanterns during a pumpkin carving contest at Halloween, as table decorations for a Thanksgiving feast, and as delicious pies topped with whipped cream after Christmas dinner. But aside from a multitude of festive uses, did you know that pumpkins also provide benefits for your skin when applied topically? This versatile veggie’s flesh and seeds are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that work to brighten and smooth dull winter skin.
- Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from physical damage caused by free radicals, including wrinkles, brown spots, sun damage, and prematurely aged skin. Additional protective benefits come from carotenoids – an important form of Vitamin A which the body digests and converts into active Vitamin A. Carotenoids, and beta-carotene in particular, are known for reducing the damage caused by UV rays from the sun.
- Pumpkin is chock-full of B-Vitamins like niacin, folate, B-6, and riboflavin, which increase blood circulation and promote the cell turnover and renewal cycle. The fresh flow of blood and new skin cells can speed up the process of healing blemishes and reducing the appearance of dark spots.
- Vitamin C is a key component in collagen production. While the body produces the protein collagen on its own, it needs a boost when stores begin to decline naturally as we age. A decreased amount of collagen leads to saggy, baggy skin, because collagen is responsible for skin structure, tone, and elasticity. Vitamin C also boosts the body’s immunity and shields it from inflammation which can manifest itself as red and inflamed skin on your face. Along with Vitamin A, Vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights physical damage from the sun and free radicals. Click here to read more about what Vitamin C can do to rejuvenate your skin.
- The enzymes in pumpkin are what makes this unassuming plant an excellent natural exfoliator. Naturally-occurring fruit enzymes, along with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), strip away dead skin cells and increase turnover into new skin cells. Use a pumpkin exfoliator during the chilly, windy winter months to slough off dry and flaky skin and brighten and smooth your complexion.
- Pumpkins are a natural source of zinc, which the human body does not produce on its own. This trace mineral is well-known in the skincare industry for its acne-fighting abilities. Zinc regulates cell turnover and new skin cell production, which is a crucial part of speedy healing for cuts, scrapes, and blemishes. Zinc also acts as an anti-inflammatory, which can help curb inflammatory skin reactions from acne breakouts.
The benefits listed above are not limited to the pumpkin flesh: pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc, Vitamin E, and fatty acids. Oil from the seeds contains fatty acids that help moisturize dry skin, as well as Vitamin E that moisturizes, softens, and nourishes skin cells. And like the pulpy flesh, the seeds are packed full of powerful antioxidants that shield the skin from the effects of aging and environmental damage. This Thanksgiving at Ageless Allure Medispa (AAMS), we give thanks to pumpkins for bright complexion and smooth skin. And if you are looking for another way to treat yourself this winter – other than indulging on a second piece of pumpkin pie – call AAMS at 863-292-2317 to schedule a spa treatment that will put you and your skin in high holiday spirit. Visit our website to browse treatment selections.