Pumpkins Aren’t Just for Halloween – The Health and Beauty Benefits of Pumpkins

Shorter days and the falling of leaves indicate that Autumn is here and it’s time to prepare your skin for the winter. Making sure that your skin is in the best condition before the coldest months hit can help prevent it from looking dull or becoming dehydrated when it’s soon faced with chilly winds and drying central heating.

There’s one natural ingredient in particular that’s perfect for helping us make the transition into winter and although it’s in no short supply in autumn, these orange vegetables probably aren’t part of your normal beauty routine. Carved and placed in the window, pumpkins are seen as the universal symbol of Halloween, but these seasonal vegetables have more than one use – they’re full of vitamins and this gives them amazing health benefits for both your body and skin.

One of the things we tend to do first when preparing a pumpkin is to discard the seeds, but you’ll never throw them away again when you hear about their health properties! Pumpkin seeds are full of vital nutrients and antioxidants which do an essential job in protecting your cells from free radicals, while they’re also very high in fibre. A high fibre diet has many roles including helping to reduce the risk of heart disease. Vitamins such as zinc and magnesium are also found in high levels in pumpkin seeds and these perform all-important everyday functions such as controlling blood pressure, regulating blood sugar levels, making sure bones stay healthy, supporting the immune system and forming healthy new cells.

Pumpkins and their seeds have numerous benefits in the diet but when applied topically, pumpkins benefit the skin in many different ways too. Pumpkin seed oil is high in vitamins A, E and K which are essential fatty acids and antioxidants. These help to regulate sebum production and are beneficial for both dry and oily or acne prone skin. The skincare properties of pumpkin seed oil allow it to fight acne and sooth the skin by calming inflammation and reducing redness to ensure it looks and feels the best that it can.

Pumpkins are also rich in enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids. Because these have very small molecules, they’re wonderfully efficient exfoliators which are able to slough off dull dead skin cells to reveal smoother, brighter skin with a more even complexion. The high levels of vitamins and antioxidants contained in pumpkins also help to boost the production of collagen, which gives the vegetables anti-ageing benefits that can help the skin to feel more supple and look smoother.

These fun orange vegetables have powerful health properties and they’re also a valuable skincare ingredient at this time of year to ensure the skin is in tip top condition and looking its healthiest before winter arrives. At Elenique we’re offering a brilliant Pumpkin Enzyme Treatment which is rich in antioxidants and perfect for creating a natural glow. This beneficial treatment gently exfoliates dull cells from the outer layers of skin, stimulating healthy regeneration to leave your skin feeling smooth and looking beautifully radiant.