Not just a door step decoration or a soup, the pumpkin is good for your beauty regime too
Raid the kitchen and you’ll find that the cupboards are stocked with handy ingredients ripe for use as homemade beauty products. This October, it’s the turn of the pumpkin.
Pumpkins are loaded with vitamins A, K and C and minerals such as zinc, copper, magnesium and potassium — nutrients that hydrate dry skin and stimulate hair growth. Beta-carotene, the antioxidant that gives a pumpkin its colour, converts to vitamin A in the body and provides another layer of protection from sun damage. The pumpkin is one hard working veg!
They are fast becoming a prized ingredient in cosmetics and skincare. The likes of Too Cool for School Pumpkin Sleep Mask, Lush’s Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar and Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel already utalise the veg’s properties.
But in it’s raw form the pumpkin has a lot to offer. So save some of the pumpkin flesh to turn into hair treatments, face masks and body scrubs.
Make a pumpkin hair mask by mixing together 140 grams of pumpkin with 70 grams of plain yogurt and one tablespoon of honey. Mush it into your scalp and out to the ends of your hair and wrap your head with a shower cap or towel; let sit for up to 30 minutes. Wash your hair as usual.
Dermatologist Dr. Ted Lain shared his expertise with the Huffington Post: Mix together 140 grams of pumpkin, two tablespoons of brown sugar, one tablespoon of honey and a 70 grams of yogurt. (The sugar and yogurt are to exfoliate, the honey is a humectant.) Spread on to your face and let sit for 10 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Purée pumpkin and brown sugar to create a body scrub. Pop the mash on a loofah or cloth with a touch of water and scrub onto skin in circular motions. This stimulates lymph nodes and helps to drain toxins from the body. Rinse off.