When thinking about pumpkins, your mind more than likely conjures up mental images of spooky Jack O’ Lanterns and freshly-baked pumpkin pie. While there is a lot of fun to be had carving pumpkins and indulging in one of fall’s most-loved dishes, it cannot be denied that pumpkin is also very good for you. Not only is it filled to the brim with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and
antioxidants that can improve your general health and well-being, but it can also give your skin care routine a phenomenal boost. Even celebs such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Teyana Taylor have turned to pumpkin-based beauty products to help them achieve radiant-looking, flawless skin. If you need some convincing of just how valuable pumpkin can be as a part of your beauty routine, have a look at some of the benefits that are in store for you.

Pumpkin helps fight against acne

There are millions of people worldwide that are are affected by acne. Although there are numerous causes of the condition, it is most commonly associated with clogged pores. The antioxidants contained in pumpkin can help unclog the pores by warding off the free radicals in the body and protecting the skin from oxidative damage. The best way to use pumpkin to get rid of acne is to make a puree that can be applied directly onto the skin to drastically reduce the prevalence of clogged pores while also helping to eliminate oily skin.

Give dark spots the boot with pumpkin puree

Countless women battle with dark spots and uneven skin tone. Thankfully this can be treated naturally and effectually with a simple mixture consisting of a tablespoon of pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice, a teaspoon of vitamin E oil that is lathered onto the face and allowed to dry for half an hour before rinsing it off. While the lemon has a gentle bleaching effect on the skin, it is primarily the pumpkin that makes the skin soft, supple and more radiant looking

Other ways to incorporate pumpkin into your skincare routine

Although the humble pumpkin has been utilized in skincare ranges by beauty brands such as Eminence, Lancer, One Love, and Peter Thomas Roth, you can make your own facial masks and scrubs at home that will leave your skin soft, supple, positively glowing. For a simple yet effective hydrating mask mix together ½ cup pumpkin puree, ¼ cup yogurt and seven drops of essential lavender oil. Apply to your face (as well as other dry areas of your body like elbows, heels, and knees), leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off under lukewarm water. You can make an equally-effective scrub by adding 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder to a single teaspoon of pumpkin puree. Gently massage into the skin, wash off with tepid water and apply your favorite moisturizer.

Incorporating pumpkin into your skincare routine may very well turn out to be one of the best decisions you have ever made. By simply following the guidelines above you will be well on your way to beautiful, radiant-looking skin.