The Benefitsof Pumpkin for the skin!
For that youthful glow and healthy skin, you may not have to look any farther than your pantry. Pumpkin is known to have many benefits for our health both internally and externally. One of my most popular and loved Skincare treatments that I utilize in the spa is my pumpkin peel from PCA skin.
This particular peel is very strong, but suitable for oily, acne skin, and aging skin with pigmentation issues. Due to the strength of this peel, it is not available to the general public and is only available as a professional treatment.
Often I get asked if there is any type of pumpkin mask that would be ideal for home use, and the answer is yes. You can safely make your own pumpkin masks to use at home to receive some of the benefits you would get a the spa. Just remember, your at home mask will not do the same as a spa treatment due to the strength of the ingredients, but it will definitely get your skin glowing and renewed!
Pumpkin is rich is vitamins, alpha hydroxy, and enzymes. More specifically they contain vitamin c which naturally lightens and brightens, vitamin a which encourages cell turnover, and vitamin e which moisturizers. In addition to those vitamins, pumpkin is also rich in zinc, magnesium, iron, copper, potassium, and beta carotene to name just a few. In order for our skin to continually look young and renewed, we need to encourage the dead skin to come off, and encourage the healthy cells to form. Normal cells take about 28 days to regenerate, and this slows down as we age. Stress, diet, lack of sleep, smoking, and sun exposure can also slow this regeneration down.This is typically why most facial treatments are recommended every 4-6 weeks to ensure quality skin maintenance. Alpha hydroxy acids break down the glue ( or intercellular cement) that hold that dead skin cells together, and enzymes typically digest the dead cells.
Using a pumpkin mask once a month at home can greatly improve your skin. For acneic skin, this would be suitable for once every three weeks.
Using the recipe below, mix all the ingredients and leave on slightly damp skin for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with warm water, followed by a cool water rinse to close the pores. A gentle, moisturizing cream to follow will enhance the treatment. Please avoid directly under the eyes, and sides of the nose. Do not apply to neck or chest.
1/2 can organic canned pumpkin (or fresh pumpkin that is boiled and mashed)
1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon grape seed oil
1tablespoon lemon juice (fresh lemon)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon honey
If you have any allergies to honey, you can omit this step and use skin grade aloe vera gel.
Start off leaving the mask on for a shorter time period to make certain your skin will tolerate the pumpkin, and gradually work your way up to the 15 minutes.
Please let me know if you try this mask and your thoughts…now get glowing!!