It’s the “Great Pumpkin”! This year don’t wait for him to appear in the pumpkin patch with Linus, take full advantage all season long! This fall favorite happens to be AMAZING for your skin!
Behold the power of pumpkin… This autumn take full advantage of this amazing orange powerhouse. Remember, beauty comes from within, so in addition to slathering it all over your body, be sure to eat it as well.
Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which exfoliates and softens your skin, and vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help to remedy damage produced by free radicals, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Pumpkin is especially beneficial for environmentally stressed, sun damaged skin.
Pumpkin contains natural enzymes that help to dissolve dry, dead skin cells, making it a great, gentle exfoliant.
If you suffer from acne, blemishes or frequent breakouts, your skin will benefit for sure. Pumpkin contains the acne fighting vitamins E and T, more commonly known as torulitine. Pumpkin will aid in reducing inflammation, reducing pore size, controlling excess oil and preventing the appearance of pimples, blackheads and blemishes. Try a fresh pumpkin mask 2-3 times a week after cleansing… Simply use the inside flesh of a fresh pumpkin, puréed. You can also add a splash of pure cranberry juice as well. Can’t find fresh? Organic canned pumpkin will suffice.
Don’t forget the pumpkin seed oil! In addition to it’s very high content of vitamin E, there is also a high level of oil content (as high as 50%). The four fatty acids which comprise 98% of pumpkin seed oil are palmitic, stearic, linoleic, and oleic acids.
Palmitic acid works to promote natural oil regeneration. Oil is an important component for the skin to retain its protective barrier. With too little oil, the skin will crack and bleed; opening it to a greater risk of infection and disease.
Stearic acid acts primarily as a lubricant. It allows the skin to retain the proper moisture balance vital for good health (and good looks).
Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid, which means our bodies don’t manufacture it, and so we must ingest it in our diets. Linoleic acid is one step for the manufacture of prostaglandins, which decrease inflammation in the body. Linoleic acid helps maintain smooth skin, and will help repair flaky, itchy, or rough skin.
Oleic acid is the final fatty acid found in pumpkin seed oil. It works to replenish and maintain skin’s moisture and lubrication. It is an Omega 9 acid and has similar health benefits (both general and to the skin) as the more well-known Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids.
This oil will work wonderfully as a moisturizer, a little dab will do! When consuming this oil, do not heat it, as it will break down. Simply use it for drizzling, dipping and dazzling! Remember to refrigerate after opening, since it is a delicate oil.
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By: Brooke Sanzari
Brooke Sanzari Owner of Browtopia
Browtopia’s October Specials:
Indulge yourself this season with a decadent dark chocolate exfoliation and pumpkin spice cleansing and massage. This express facial enlivens the senses and rejuvenates the skin in 35 mins. for just $45!
“It’s the Great Pumpkin brow beauties!”
“The Great Pumpkin”– 15 minutes gives you a great brow sculpting paired with a freshly made organic pumpkin mask for just $30.
This fabulous and fast treatment will make your skin glow brighter than any jack-o-lantern!
Easy DIY pumpkin mask video recipes can be viewed on both Browtopia’s website and Facebook Fanpage! (title: “The Great Pumpkin”)