Pumpkins are one of my favourite autumn foods. Not just for their taste, benefits and versatility, but also because they look so beautiful! I love pumpkin carving in October and there are so many tiny miniature pumpkins in the shops this year, they make brilliant autumn table decorations.
Why is pumpkin so incredibly good for our skin? The fantastic array of vitamins and minerals it contains makes it a perfect natural option for helping treat acne, ageing skin, oily skin and more. Here are just some of the amazing benefits;
- Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamins A and C. These Vitamins help to soften and soothe the skin. They also boost collagen production which can prevent signs of ageing
- Pumpkin seeds contain lots of Zinc. Zinc is great for many skin problems and it's particularly brilliant for acne sufferers. Zinc helps to control hormone levels and oil production, it can also assist in speeding up healing of damaged skin
- Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids, these alongside Vitamin E essential to help maintain good barrier function of the skin. They also help to balance oily skin by regulating sebum production
- Using pumpkin topically is face masks is amazing for treating tired, dull complexions. It can also help revive ageing skin
- Pumpkin contains beta-carotene which helps to reverse UV damage and improve skin texture
- Pumpkin is a fantastic source of minerals including potassium. Potassium helps in keeping hair healthy and strong and can improve re-growth.
- Pumpkin is a good source of B vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin, B6 and folate. Niacin improves circulation, and hence, is beneficial in treating acne. And folate helps to increase circulation, which improves cell turnover and renewal
- Pumpkin offers ample amounts of magnesium. Magnesium is important for maintaining muscle function and regulating immune system function
Pumpkin is such a versatile little vegetable. Whether you want a deliciously sweet pumpkin pie, rich and creamy soup or sweet roast vegetable - pumpkin offers so many options!
Be sure to check out my RECIPE blog to stay up to date on all my favourite autumn dishes. I'd love you to share your favourites in the comments below.