Roll over coconuts. There’s a hot ingredient this fall that’s making everyone take note: pumpkin. The beauty benefits of pumpkin for skin and hair are plenty, and now is the ripe time to take advantage.
“Pumpkin has been gaining popularity for its hair and skincare benefits. Pumpkin flesh is full of fruit enzymes and vitamins A, C, and E, which all contribute to positive hair and skin health,” explains New York City dermatologist Marnie Nussbaum, chief medical spokesperson for Sebamed. Vitamin A smoothes and softens skin, and vitamin C helps repair damage caused by free radicals. It also has natural fruit enzymes that dissolve dulling, dead skin cells, which boosts radiance.
In particular, pumpkin seed oil is getting a lot of buzz. “Pumpkin seed oil is packed with vitamins and nutrients, so everyone would benefit from using a product that contains it, especially those with concerns about hair growth and texture as well as skin health. It has all the nutrients your hair and skin could ever want, including protein, omega-6 fatty acids, zinc and iron,” explains Dr. Nussbaum. Pumpkin is especially helpful in improving dull dry skin, flaky scalps as well as acne-prone skin because of its ability to slough off dead skin while nourishing new skin cells.
Carving pumpkins this season? Don’t toss the slimy orange stuff. Indie Lee, founder and CEO of her eponymous eco-friendly body and face skin care collection, has this great DIY pumpkin face mask recipe.
4 tbsp organic pumpkin puree
4 tbsp organic honey
½ tbsp Greek yogurt or avocado oil
1 drop of sandalwood essential oil
1 drop of carrot seed oil
Dash of pumpkin pie spice (optional)
Directions: In a large blow, mix all of the ingredients until well blended. Cover the mask, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Apply to face and let site for 5 to 10 minutes. (This is prime time to enjoy a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.) Then rinse your face with warm after and pat dry with a clean towel.