With the season of goodies and goblins just around the corner, the autumnal rituals of pumpkin picking, carving, and delicious pie-making have arrived. Before you toss out the gooey parts of your orange gourd, discover the hidden health benefits of pumpkins, both inside and out.
Benefits of Pumpkin:
contain the highest content of naturally occurring Vitamin A, Salicylic Acid and Beta Carotene over any other fruit. Vitamin A promotes healthy vision and ensures proper immune function, while alpha-carotene is thought to slow the aging process, prevent tumor growth, and reduce the risk of developing cataracts. Carotenoids also boost immunity and lessen the risk of heart disease.
is often referred to as “nature’s natural collagen”. Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin. It contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging.
naturally protects your skin from ultra violet rays due to its high zinc content. The zinc in pumpkin seeds is brilliant for acne sufferers. Zinc will help control the hormone level and oil production, as well as assist with healing of the skin.
the pumpkin’s seeds are high in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are necessary to maintain good barrier function of the skin. They also regulate sebum, great for an oily skin and last but not least, the molecular structure of pumpkin is small and therefore can penetrate deeper into the skin when used topically. This is amazing for treating a dull complexion, aging skin and pigmentation.
- provides powerful antioxidant support that helps prevent certain cancers.
As you well know, there is nothing better than a Spa of Essex pumpkin inspired experience, but if you aren’t able to make it during October here is a recipe you can make from your pumpkin scrapes so that you may spa at home.
Pumpkin, Sugar and Spice Body Scrub Recipe
- 1/2 cup cooked or canned pumpkin, pureed
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Combine ingredients in a bowl. Apply the mixture with a damp washcloth in a tub or shower. Start with your feet and work your way up, avoiding your face. Scrub gently using circular motions. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Pumpkin Skincare Products
Even when pumpkins aren’t in season, you can reap the benefits of pumpkin all year long with one of these Pumpkin Products available for purchase at in Spa and in the Online Boutique.
Rhonda Allison Pumpkin E Serum is a “treatment” serum that may be used on most skin types 1-2 times a week. It is a very concentrated serum containing D-Alpha Tocopherol and the natural extracts of pumpkin seed oil (beta-carotene, zinc, salicylic acid, retinol). This silky, velvety serum supplies skin with potent antioxidants and valuable hydration support.
The pumpkin pie aroma of Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Parfait Enzyme is pleasing to the senses and the active vegetable enzymes dissolve surface cells to polish and buff the skin. This weekly home care enzyme is the perfect “Salon Treatment” for normal to oily skin and photo-aged skin that has suffered free radical damage.
Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Rinse is designed to freshen and tone skin after cleansing as well as provide a balance of moisture that hydrates and plumps skin tissue. Due to the naturally occurring nutrients in pumpkin, the rinse will bathe skin with valuable antioxidant and regenerating support, aiding in maintaining proper skin pH. The benefits of this unique blend are antioxidant, humectant, and nourishing.
An all-purpose daily cleanser, Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Cleanser removes surface residue and protects against free radical damage.
Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Collection Kit is nature’s own collagen therapy, the valuable benefits of pumpkin are the high content of vitamin A and beta-carotene – two powerhouse antioxidants. The Kit offers a potent ally, protecting skin against damage from free radical damage, supplying important nutrition for healthy skin.