Are Pumpkins Good for Your Skin?
- By Dr. Alan J. Parks
- October 30, 2016
When I think of fall, I think of football, colorful leaves, sweaters, Halloween, and pumpkin flavored everything. With a list like this, it’s no wonder fall is my favorite season! Every year, without fail, around the end of August, pumpkins start to appear everywhere and in everything. I’ve seen pumpkin flavored coffee, baked goods, pastas, yogurts, alcohol, and the list goes on and on. There are pumpkin scented perfumes, lotions, shampoos, and pumpkin is even starting to make its way into skin care products.
As much as I love the way this fruit (yes, a pumpkin is a fruit) tastes and smells, and have very fond memories of pumpkin picking and carving with my kids when they were young, I wanted to address the actual benefits of pumpkin in skin care products. Are skin care companies adding this ingredient because they know that Americans can’t get enough pumpkin in the fall, or is there something more to it?
Here are some of the great skin care benefits you’ll get from pumpkins:
Pumpkins are rich in Vitamins A and C. Vitamin A helps reduce acne, allows skin to heal faster, exfoliates the skin, and aids in anti-aging. Vitamin C will enhance the effectiveness of sunscreen applied to your skin. Like Vitamin A, it also helps reduce the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. The Vitamin A and C in pumpkins will help to soften and soothe the skin as well.
In addition to vitamins, pumpkins also contain many minerals like copper and zinc, which can help fade dark spots and reduce acne. Copper has fantastic anti-aging properties and Zinc Oxide is a very powerful sun protector and skin soother.
Pumpkins get their orange color from Alpha and Beta-Carotene. These antioxidants will help improve skin texture and reverse free radical damage. Beta-Carotene also helps with hyperpigmentation and protects against sun damage.
Finally, when applied topically, pumpkin can act as a great exfoliator. It’s soothing and hydrating and will leave you with youthful-looking skin. Pumpkin is great to use to soften dry hands and feet.
So, believe it or not, in addition to its delicious taste and smell, pumpkin does have some great skin care benefits. It turns out that there’s a very good reason that skin care companies are using this ingredient in their products.