In this article we will discuss the beneficial effects of pumpkin as an exfoliate agent, moisturizer, cleanser and preserver of beauty of the face. Read on and you will be surprised at how effective this vegetable is in terms of skin and beauty care and how easy it is to make and use an effective mask using this vegetable.
The pumpkin is a many splendored vegetable. You might be confused with the number of tips given for its use. It is also recommended for the health and beauty of the skin. The pumpkin can act as a face cleanser, mask, moisturizer and exfoliate depending on how you use it. It is naturally versatile in its benefits and can compare to the cucumber, to which it is a distant relative.
1) As an Exfoliate Agent
The pumpkin is a vegetable that has excellent usefulness as an exfoliate agent. It contains a number of enzymes that are useful for this purpose. Exfoliation can be of three types: chemical exfoliation, physical exfoliation and enzyme based exfoliation. Using alternatively alpha and beta hydroxyl acids, granules or beads and natural enzymes are three ways to exfoliate the skin. Pumpkin relies on the last stated method, and a mask mixture consisting of pumpkin, papaya and pineapple is the most often used. Brand names that spell quality include June Jacobs Peel Mask.
The pumpkin also contains a number of antioxidants that are good for your skin. The orange color of the pumpkin is due to the presence of beta carotene. This chemical has properties that prevent the user from getting cancer, heart disease and skin cell degeneration. Rich in Vitamin C, pumpkins have been used for reducing pigmentation, boosting collagen and providing protection against free radicals.
3) Pumpkin Seed Oil
This natural extract has been used by the early American Indians for its healing properties. They are effective in fighting freckles, treating wounds and burns. It has been proved effective for all these purposes for the last few centuries, so who are we to argue with that?
4) Preparing a Facial Mask using Pumpkins
We start by preparing the base. For this purpose, you will have to whip or blend one egg with ¼ cup of pumpkin. Then add a splash of milk. This provides lactic acid, which aids in exfoliation. Next add in a bit of hoe. This acts as a moisturizer for dry skin and has sweetening and antiseptic properties as well. When using this mask on oily skin, be sure to include some apple cider or cranberry juice. In this way you can customize the mixture to suit your type of skin.
For best and longer lasting effects on the skin, spread a layer of this concoction evenly on the face. Then you can rinse if off after 20 minutes or thereabout. It will leave your skin truly feeling rejuvenated. The use of pumpkin has been noted as beneficial for the feet and hands as well.
Normally we associate the pumpkin with the season of Halloween and cut out many a jack-o-lantern from this hardy vegetable. You will be surprised to note that the pumpkin has a lot of other uses, especially when it comes to health and beauty.