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Niche Topics (Beauty and Wellness) is all about a natural approach to healthy skin,
hair and nails. You'll love our collection of organic homemade beauty, bath and body
treatment recipes using natural ingredients that nourish, pamper, cleanse and protect
your skin. Harness the healing powers of Mother Nature's bounty to make yourself
For many of us, pumpkin is just another fruit synonymous with autumn and a sign that
Halloween is fast approaching. We also know that the cheerful bright-orange squash
holds a myriad of nutritional benefits that help prevent age-related health problems
such as cataracts, arthritis and urinary incontinence. But have you heard the good
news about pumpkin’s astounding ability to repair skin damage and possibly reverse
the cruel hands of time?
If you have wrinkled mature skin with pigmentation issues like uneven skin tone,
sun spots, melasma, or freckles, you probably also have looked into scores of face
creams that contain cutting edge skin lightening ingredients plus a powerful dose
of antioxidants to retard skin aging.
Antioxidants play a positive role in protecting and preserving the health of skin
cells. They scavenge free radicals which come the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV)
rays and environmental pollutants that can damage skin cells, causing them to age
faster than normal – premature skin aging.
Skin starts to lose its natural radiance and takes on a dull leathery appearance
peppered with annoyingly icky age spots. Plump youthful skin becomes less elastic
and sags, making impossible-to-erase dark under eye circles more pronounced. Crow’s
feet, laugh lines, and forehead wrinkles may also form.
So why is pumpkin good for your skin and what are its beauty benefits? The answers
lie in its rich concentration of antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E, all of which are
anti-aging superstars in the world of skin care.
Vitamin A is an important skin-regenerating nutrient that not only helps stimulate
the growth of fresher, newer looking skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and
scars, it will also help improve dry skin conditions by increasing sebum production.
Sebum is your skin’s natural oil and is necessary for keeping skin blissfully moist
Vitamin C is so loved by women seeking to tighten sagging skin and smooth out fine
lines because it promotes collagen production in the skin, which holds skin tissues
together. Without sufficient collagen, your skin loses firmness and elasticity, becoming
weak and more prone to signs of premature aging, such as creases, brown spots, dullness
and loss of hydration.
Another plus point about Vitamin C is, it has sun-protection benefits along with
strong skin whitening actions and won't cause nasty side effects like those of hydroquinone
– skin itching, burning sensation, and blue-black pigmentation (exogenous ochronosis).
Hence, it is included in a variety of skin bleaching formulas to naturally lighten
dark spots and fade scars left behind by acne, chicken pox as well as bug bites.
Vitamin E also ranks high in the skin health arena, thanks to its really impressive
skin-hydrating and age-stopping properties. It strengthens your skin’s barrier function
to prevent moisture loss so skin stays in pristine condition – as smooth as porcelain,
oh-so-luminous and line-free.
In addition, the potent antioxidant is often used for acne treatments as it helps
regulate the levels of retinol (another name for Vitamin A) in the body, which resurfaces
and smoothes acne-damaged skin while helping it to heal.
Furthermore, pumpkin also has good amounts of zinc, a mineral shown to help reduce
skin inflammation associated with acne and clear skin blemishes.
There are many skin care products available today that contain pumpkin, and one to
check out is the reasonably-priced MyChelle Dermaceuticals Incredible Pumpkin Peel,
if dry skin troubles you.
You might also like to look out for the following pumpkin skin products at your local
June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque (my personal favorite; leaves my
face super smooth and instantly brighter).
Savor Paris Pumpkin Body Wash (cheap and good plus it smells yummy).
Kate Somerville Exfolikate Body Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (perfect for those
pining for whiter and lighter skin tone).
Arcona Pumpkin Lotion (makes a great after-sun lotion).
Here you can find several simple homemade pumpkin face mask recipes that work beautifully
for my skin type (oily T zone but becomes crazy dry and flaky in winter), and they
are all incredibly easy to create.
The first one calls for papaya and egg. The egg helps bind the mask together, nourishing
and lifting the skin while the papaya fruit offers a host of enzymes and nutrients
to brighten up a dull lackluster complexion. So if you are looking for a mini instant
face lift before a special event, this one is for you. It is suitable for all skin
types, and feels really wonderful on tired skin. Also, a good remedy to treat an
unexpected breakout of pimples.
For those who have stubborn dry skin that tends to flake quite a bit, I suggest you
try out the second recipe which has honey and milk. Both ingredients are valued for
their superb skin-moisturizing properties that help restore lost moisture and soften
even the driest skin. It is also good for acne skin that feels dry due to salicylic
acid acne treatment.
And finally, use the third pumpkin home facial recipe if your skin is oily. Apple
cider vinegar zaps away excess oils, leaving your face squeaky clean and refreshed.
It will help fade acne scars, freckles and age spots as well.
Pumpkin Papaya Mask Recipe
⅔ cup fresh papaya
15 oz. can pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, which has added spice)
How to make pumpkin and papaya face mask
1. Cut the papaya in half and remove the seeds. Scoop out the papaya flesh and mash
it well in a bowl. Make sure there are no lumps.
2. Beat the egg until it is light and frothy. Add to mashed papaya.
3. Add pumpkin to the egg/papaya mixture and whip together. You use a blender or
a food processor to help you get an extra smooth face mask. For dry skin, you may
want to add 1 teaspoon honey.
4. Apply pumpkin mask to your entire face, avoiding the delicate eye area. Make sure
you clean and remove all makeup before application. If your skin is sensitive, test
the mixture on your hand first. You should feel some tingling as the enzymes in the
pumpkin begin to work. This acts as a mild scrub, sloughing off dead skin.
5. Relax and leave thepumpkin facial maskon for about 10 minutes. Rinse off with
6. Apply your regular toner and moisturizer to seal in moisture.
Pumpkin and Honey Facial Scrub Mask
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ teaspoon manuka honey
¼ teaspoon whole milk (or soy milk, or almond milk)
¼ teaspoon heavy whipping cream (or unsalted butter)
How to make pumpkin and honey facial
1. Mix everything all up, then apply to a clean face. Wash off after 10 minutes.
Note: You may want to sprinkle in ½ teaspoon brown sugar for some gentle exfoliating
Pumpkin and Apple Cider Vinegar Home Facial
3-4 tablespoons canned pumpkin
½ teaspoon honey
¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or cranberry juice, or lemon juice)
How to make pumpkin and apple cider vinegar face pack
1. Combine all the ingredients together until you get a paste. Smear mixture on freshly
cleansed face and allow to dry naturally for 15-20 minutes before washing off with
Use any of these relaxing homemade papaya face treatment once a week, and it will
surely leave your face feeling fresh and glowing in no time!
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