The Cozy Pumpkin Spa Treatment has so many amazing health benefits. In between spa treatments, it is a good idea to keep your face moisturized with the cold, dry weather. Read below to find out how pumpkins can better your health, skin and get a recipe for a at home pumpkin facial! If you have any questions about our spa treatment, call us at 307-326-5261.
Does everyone start to crave anything pumpkin related this time of year? Pumpkin spice latte’s, pumpkin French macaroons, pumpkin caramel ice cream and the list goes on and on. But what about pumpkin in our skin care products? Are there true benefits of using this beautiful orange squash on our skin? Pumpkin is not a new ingredient to skincare but the effects are just as beneficial as they have always been. Pumpkin is packed with several natural, skin-enhancing benefits. Below we’ll review a few of those benefits and also share our favorite DIY pumpkin face mask recipe that you can try at home.
Pumpkin contains fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which work wonders for the skin. These natural acids and enzymes increase cell turnover, which soften, brighten and smooth the skin. The faster our skin cells “turnover” the less dry, dull skin cells remain on the surface.
Pumpkin contains the powerful, skin-enhancing antioxidant vitamin A and vitamin C. These antioxidants help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is also known to brighten the skin. Some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet-induced (UV) photo-damage, which causes cell death and inflammatory responses.
Pumpkin seed oil is high in essential fatty acids, vitamin E, and zinc which are necessary to maintain good barrier function of the skin. The lipids between the skin cells called the lipid barrier, are responsible for maintaining skin hydration, firmness, and softness. This barrier helps to minimize water loss and supports strong, hydrated and healthy skin. Lipids decrease significantly each year, which is why we are prone to dry skin as we age.
As you can see, pumpkin has numerous natural, skin-enhancing benefits. So why not add it to your skincare regimen between spa treatments? To help you do so, we’ve included a simple, DIY pumpkin face mask to try at home.
Pumpkin Face Mask
- 2 Tbs. Cooked Pumpkin
- 1/2 – 1 Tbs. Ground Oatmeal
- Water (as needed)
- Mix pumpkin and ground oatmeal until smooth.
- Add a small amount of water (1/2 tsp. at a time) as needed to achieve a smooth consistency that is easily applied to the skin.
- Apply mask to cleansed skin and allow to penetrate for 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water, pat dry and apply serum and daily moisturizer (we recommend a daily moisturizer with SPF).