As a child I remember my mother making the most out of our pumpkins a day after Halloween.

She was notorious for putting egg whites, crushed strawberries, cucumbers and all kinds of fruit puree on her face.

Needless to say she used a portion of the pumpkin for a facial, cooked the other and roasted the seeds of the pumpkin.

Growing up I had no clue of all the health benefits these amazing pumpkins can contain if cooked or applied properly.

I remember thinking “how cool” that you can eat and put something on your face and get similar health benefits.

Your skin will over all benefit from pumpkins in any way possible eating the pumpkin flesh, seeds, or applying it to our skin as an organic and home made facial.

pumpkin-facialPumpkin contains enzymes that help dissolve dry skin cells, making room for the growth of new cells.

It contains vitamin A, alpha and beta-carotenes, vitamins C, K, and E. Minerals including magnesium, potassium and Iron.

This goddess of an orange fruit contains zinc making it a perfect remedy for acne skin. Zinc will help control the  hormone level and oil production, as well as assist with healing of the skin. It combats inflammation, reduces pore size and controls excess oil production, overall reducing the appearance of acne and black heads.

Soothing and healing damaged skin like sun and age spots can be done easily through applying a cup of smashed pumpkin, 2 spoons of honey, one lemon and oatmeal.

sliced pumpkin

This delicious orange fruit is a potent antioxidant and the molecular structure of a pumpkin is small and can penetrate deeper into the skin when used topically. It works amazing in treating dull complexion, aging skin and pigmentation.

a cup of smashed pumpkinAccording to recent studies it has been proven that one cup of pumpkin, cooked, boiled, drained without salt contains 49 calories and 1.76 grams or protein.

Consuming one cup of cooked pumpkin can provide 100% of your daily needs for vitamin A, C, E, (The ACE of Vitamins) riboflavin, potassium, copper and magnesium. The list goes on along with B-6 vitamins too. So many health benefits when eaten and applied topically.

roasted pumpkinCooking the pumpkin was also my favorite part it can be cooked as a side dish or dessert. Offering a sweet or veggie tasting options with different cooking techniques and ingredients.

Plant foods like pumpkins are high both in vitamin C and beta-carotene offer an immunity boost from their power combination of nutrients.

Trying out some delicious and healthy pumpkin recipes I found on youtube.

Here are the links with the recipes, check them out to see if you’d be interested in trying some of these delicious pumpkin recipes yourself.

Try searching different pumpkin facials as well. Share them with me if you’d like me to repost your blog post, pictures and recipes.

Instead of canned pumpkin used your halloween pumpkins if they are freshly carved and you don’t want to toss the delicious fruit.

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