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13 Beauty Benefits of Pumpkin For Skin And Hair

Pumpkin( Cucurbita) is a cultivar of the squash plant and is available in many different varieties. It is native to North America but is now cultivated in many regions of the world, and depending on the place of cultivation, it is available in different textures. Being a good source of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients etc., it provides a number of health benefits. However, it should be noted that benefits of pumpkin are not just limited to health, and there are also some beauty benefits of pumpkin. In this article, we will know about the major beauty benefits of pumpkin for skin and hair, but first, let’s take a look at below mentioned nutrition chart of pumpkin.

Nutrition Chart of Pumpkin


Nutrition Chart of Pumpkin
Source-USDA

 

Beauty Benefits of Pumpkin

Beauty Benefits of Pumpkin
Source-Pixabay.com

 

Beauty Benefits of Pumpkin For Skin

 

(1) Helps In Treating Oily Skin

Pumpkin has been found to be very effective in treating oily skin.

This benefit of pumpkin is mainly due to the ability of the protein to remove toxins and other impurities from our skin that may clog our skin pores.

For treating oily skin, mix one tablespoon of pumpkin puree with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Now apply this paste on your damp face and let it dry for at least 30 minutes, and then rinse off with lukewarm water and then with cold water respectively. Wait for a while and then apply some moisturizer to your skin.

Regular application will not only help in treating oily skin but will make your skin soft and smooth.

In addition to the topical application, pumpkin can also be eaten on a regular basis to get rid of the oily skin.

(2) Aids In Treating Dry Skin 

Pumpkin is a wonderful skin exfoliator and has been found to be very effective in getting rid of the dead and dry skin cells.

For treating dry skin, add two teaspoons of cooked or canned pumpkin puree with a half teaspoon of honey, a quarter teaspoon of heavy whipping cream together and mix them thoroughly.

Now apply this paste evenly on your skin (avoid eyes) and let it settle for 10-15 minutes.

This face mask not only provides us relief from the dead and dry skin, but also provides nourishment to our skin, and make it soft, supple and healthy.

Pumpkin is also rich in water content which keeps our skin moisturized and healthy.

Along with the topical application, pumpkin can also be included to your regular food plate to make our skin soft and healthy.

(3) Provides Anti-Ageing Benefits 

Regular and moderate consumption of pumpkin has been found to be very effective in keeping signs of premature aging at bay.

This benefit of pumpkin is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants like Vitamin C, and other antioxidantal compounds like flavonoids, phytonutrients, phytochemicals etc. in them.

These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells.

By doing so, it not only reduces the risk of skin cancer but also helps in keeping signs of premature ageing like fine lines, wrinkles, aging, dark spots, age spots etc. at bay.

In addition to this, Vitamin C present in the pumpkin aids in the production of collagen, an important compound that helps in keeping our bones, nails, muscles etc. healthy as it provides elasticity to our skin.

(4) Aids In Treating Dark Spots

Pumpkin has been found to be very effective in getting rid of dark spots on our skin and helps in keeping our skin healthy.

For this, add one tablespoon of pumpkin puree, one teaspoon of honey, one teaspoon of lemon juice, and one teaspoon of vitamin E oil together and mix them thoroughly.

Now apply this mixture on your damp face, and let it air dry for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, rinse it off with lukewarm water.

It is effective not only in treating dark spots, but also for providing nourishment to our skin, and make our skin soft, supple and radiant.

(5) Refreshes Skin

Pumpkin is also effective in refreshing our skin.

For this, add half cup cooked or canned pumpkin puree with half cup coconut solids, one teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Mix all the ingredients together and gently massage all over your body.  Let it air dry for ten minutes, and then rinse off with warm water.

This body mask is very effective in providing refreshment to our skin.

Also Read: 20 Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkin (Squash)

(6) Helps In Treatment of Acne

Acne is a major skin problem that affects millions of people all over the world. The exact cause of acne is unknown but it said to be caused and get worsened by the clogging of our skin pores by impurities like toxins, pollutant, dirt, excessive oil etc.

This benefit of pumpkin is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants and other antioxidantal compounds like niacin, riboflavin etc. in them.

Antioxidants present in the pumpkin fight with the free radicals of our body and thus prevents our skin pores from the oxidative damage. This helps in getting rid of toxins and other impurities from our skin and also aids in controlling excessive oil.

In addition to eating, pumpkin can also be applied topically on the skin to get rid of acne.

 (7) Keep Our Skin Moisturized

Eating pumpkin on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very effective in providing moisturization to our skin and for keeping it healthy.

This benefit of pumpkin is mainly due to the abundance of water in it. Around 92 percent of pumpkin’s weight is water and this makes it very effective for providing moisturization and nourishment to our skin.

Pumpkin is also a good source of other nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, flavonoids etc. that aids in providing nourishment to our skin.

In addition to eating pumpkin, Topical application of pumpkin is also found to be effective in the same.

For this, add half cup canned pumpkin, half cup coconut oil and a half teaspoon of cinnamon together and mix them thoroughly.  Now, this paste can be used as a regular moisturizer.

(8) Good For Our Lips

Pumpkin has been found to be very effective in keeping good care of our lips and is one of the best natural lip balms.

Lip balms made with natural ingredients like pumpkin doesn’t only provide moisturization to our lips but are also free from the chemicals and other stuff, and this makes them suitable for a large group.

(9) Bathing With Pumpkin Oil

Another method of using pumpkin for the skin care is to use it in the form of oil. Oil derived from the pumpkin seed can be added to any of the beauty care products to get some additional benefits of the pumpkin.

In addition to this, few drops of pumpkin oil can also be added to your regular bath, moisturizer, hair conditioner, and foot cream etc.

Regular use is very effective in making your skin soft, supple and radiant, and also provide moisturization to your skin.

Also Read:7 Major Side Effects of Overeating Pumpkins (Squash )

 

Beauty Benefits of Pumpkin For Hair

 

(1) Promotes Hair Growth 

Pumpkin is a rich source of minerals including potassium and zinc. Potassium helps in keeping hair healthy and improve re-growth. Zinc helps maintain collagen and thus play an important role in promoting healthy hair. It also contains folate, an important B vitamin that stimulates hair growth by improving blood circulation.

Eating pumpkin on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very effective in promoting hair growth.

This benefit of pumpkin is mainly due to the presence of nutrients like potassium and zinc in it.

Potassium present in the pumpkin aids in keeping our hair healthy, and the zinc aids in maintaining collagen level in our body and thus promotes hair growth.

It is also a good source of folate that improves blood circulation of scalp, and this aids in hair growth

(2) Prevents Premature Greying of Hair

Consuming pumpkin on a regular basis or applying it topically on the scalp is very effective in reducing the risk of premature graying of hair.

This benefit of pumpkin is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants and other antioxidantal compounds in them.

These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells.

By protecting our hair and scalp from the oxidative stress, it helps in keeping them healthy and this reduces the premature graying of hair.

Other nutrients like vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, phytochemicals etc. also plays a significant role in keeping our hair healthy.

(3) Prevents Hair Loss

Pumpkin is a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, flavonoids etc. and the presence of these compounds make beneficial for preventing hair loss.

This is because the nutrients present in the pumpkin provides moisturization to our hair and scalp,  It improves blood circulation and also promotes the growth of hair.

In addition to this, antioxidants present in pumpkin protects our scalp from the oxidative damage caused by the free radicals and thus helps in reducing hair fall problem.

(4) Wonderful Hair Conditioner

 

Pumpkin is a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, flavonoids etc. and the presence of these compounds make pumpkin one of the best natural hair conditioner.

For this, take two cups of chopped or cooked pumpkin, and add one teaspoon of coconut oil, one tablespoon of honey, and one tablespoon of yogurt to it.  Now make a puree with mixed ingredients using a food processor or blender. After this, add coconut oil or honey to the mixture to make it smooth.

This paste can be now applied on the damp shampooed hair. Leave it for 15 minutes, and then rinse off with water.

 

Reference(s)

 

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/how-to-use-pumpkin-on-your-skin/

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/bcupsfits-of-pumpkin-for-skin-hair-and-health/

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pumpkin.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumpkin

 

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The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as a medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.

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