Next time you are in a salon, check out the list of facials. You will likely see pumpkin listed as one of the many ingredients. Pumpkin is packed with enzymes and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) which are great at cell turnover and brightening the skin. Pumpkins are also jam packed with vitamins, specifically Vitamins A & C, which are great anti-aging fighters. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc and can help acne sufferers by controlling hormone levels and oil production. The benefits of pumpkin are due to its cell structure. It is extremely small and can penetrate deep into the skin when used topically. It’s fantastic for brightening a dull complexion and fighting aging skin and pigmentation.
I’ve always been a ‘pumpkin’ lover but not until recently did I know the benefits of pumpkin as a topical product. Recently, I was given a face mask containing pumpkin & honey and introduced to a new skincare line called Andalou (http://andalou.com/pumpkin-honey-glycolic-mask). I knew it was doing its job when it was stinging and I felt flushed. Ok I admit I was a little nervous but I stuck it out and after rinsing my face, I had smoother, brighter skin that stayed with me for quite a few days. You can get similar result by mixing a tablespoon of cooked pumpkin (or canned) and an equal amount of raw honey. Leave this mask on your face for 10 minutes and rinse off with warm water. If you feel a warm sensation that starts to get uncomfortable, don’t worry, that’s just the enzymes getting down deep and doing their job. Enzymes can be powerful so you may need to introduce them in small doses.
I can’t wait to report more on this new line of natural skincare. But until then please join me this season and celebrate pumpkin. You don’t have to like the taste of pumpkin to wear it.
Warrior tip: Before throwing out your seasonal pumpkins, rub the inside flesh of the pumpkin on your feet to soften up your callouses. Those pumpkin enzymes will give those callouses a run for their money. Then go enjoy a pumpkin spice coffee!