The Proof is in the Pumpkin!
This month at The Greenhouse Day Spa, we are pumped up to highlight the star of the month of October.
Pumpkin is a loaded with Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant as well as beta-carotene, a Vitamin A derivative. These work together on several levels to soften the skin and boost its collagen production to prevent the signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots. On an Antioxidant level, the Vitamin C and beta-carotene work together to reverse UV damage and free radical damage, two major culprits for wrinkles and worse yet, skin cancer.
TREATMENT OF ACNE
If acne is your enemy, then the old Jack-O-Lantern might just be your best friend. Pumpkin is full of B vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin, B6 and folate. Niacin improves circulation, and hence, is beneficial in treating acne. Folate helps to increase circulation, which improves cell turnover and renewal. The Zinc in pumpkin seeds is beneficial for acne sufferers as it helps control hormone levels and oil production, as well as assists with healing of the skin.
BRIGHTENS THE SKIN
Now that you know that Pumpkin will give you youthful, acne-free skin, let’s put a cherry on top with the fact that it helps brighten your skin. Pumpkin contains fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover. This is amazing for treating a dull complexion, aging skin and pigmentation.
FUN FACT: The original jack-o’-lanterns were made with turnips and potatoes by the Irish. In England, they used large beets and lit them with embers to ward off evil spirts. Irish immigrants brought their customs to America, but found that pumpkins were much easier to carve!