Hate pumpkin on your plate? You’ll love its beauty benefits!

Pumpkin spiced latte is old; ‘tis time to enjoy the beauty benefits of pumpkin. You may not like pumpkin on your plate but we bet you’re going to love its benefits for your skin and hair.

Pumpkin is loaded with a lot of nutrients and fatty acids that restore the vital nutrients in the skin’s tissue and leaves it young, healthy and glowing. Here’s how it helps us:

Brightens and smoothens the skin: Pumpkin contains alpha-hydroxy acids and several enzymes that increase the healthy cell turnover, leaving the skin with a clearer and smoother surface. Good cell regeneration also helps boosts the skin’s ability to repair and rejuvenate itself.

Fights damage and free radicals: Pumpkin is also loaded with Vitamin A and Vitamin C that fight external damages and free radicals. It reduces and prevents dark spots and marks while reversing UV damage.

Treats acne and regulates oil production: Pumpkin seeds are enriched with zinc that helps prevent acne. It also regulates oil production, thus reducing the chances of further breakouts. The presence of zinc in pumpkin also promotes skin renewal which leaves the skin glowing, healthy and younger-looking.

Moisturizes the hair: The essential fatty acids and vitamin A, C, and E in pumpkin are great at retaining moisture in the hair. They hydrate the hair and give the locks an enviable lustre. It also boosts the scalp’s cell generation, thus promoting healthy hair growth.

Boosts collagen synthesis: Since pumpkin is loaded with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and more, it boosts the collagen production in the skin. It also helps in restoring the skin’s elasticity and improves the skin texture as well.

Can’t wait to enjoy all these benefits? Here are 2 DIY recipes for you to get started with:

DIY facial mask

Ingredients required: ¼ cup pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 whole egg, and 1 teaspoon olive oil (for dry skin) OR 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (for oily skin).

Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and apply it onto a clean face. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.

DIY hair mask

Ingredients required: ¼ cup pumpkin puree, 2 tablespoon honey, and 2 tablespoons cold-pressed coconut oil.

Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and apply evenly on the scalp and strands for at least 30 minutes. Shampoo as usual and follow with a natural conditioner.

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