The Power of Pumpkins & Your Acne - Menu Ideas & Mask Included!
Pumpkins. We can't get
enough of them during the Halloween and Thanksgiving season.
We carve them, we
stick them on our porches, we wait on line for once-a-year lattes, we make pies
and soups and then we forget about pumpkins until next year.
So let's talk about
why pumpkins should be on our minds all year round if you have acne.
Pumpkins are rich in
nutrients and microelements that our skin and body can benefit from:
- Like carrots, sweet potatoes or
oranges, pumpkins have an antioxidant power and are loaded with
beta-carotene (arytenoids), which neutralize free radicals. This helps keep
our skin healthy and young and may prevent cancer according to the
National Cancer Institute.
- Pumpkin seeds are rich in amino
acids and Vitamin B that are great for the skin. They are also rich in a
special amino acid called tryptophan - that is important in the production
of serotonin (our good mood player) so you don't only get healthy skin but
are also happy!
- Feel a cold coming on? Rich in
Vitamin C, pumpkins may help to boost your immune system. One cup of
pumpkin soup has 20% or 60 mg of the daily-recommended dose of Vitamin C
(15% of the amount recommended for men as they need 75 mg).
- The generous amount of fiber in
pumpkin helps your GI system to keep healthy and helps in controlling
sugar levels and a healthy weight.
So on one of these
beautiful weekends, indulge in some of these ideas:
Baked and Stuffed
Cut it into slices,
brush a little bit of high quality (undiluted!) extra virgin olive oil over it,
put in a roasting pan covered with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees F for
45 minutes to an hour. Serve warm on its own or stuffed with quinoa or rice and
cooked mixed vegetables.
Bake pumpkin in the
same way as indicated above. Scoop out the cooked flesh, add two cups to a
blender with some organic vegetable or chicken stock (to desired thickness) and
a teaspoon of cumin, a teaspoon of unrefined sea salt, a pinch of black pepper
and a teaspoon of honey or other sweetener. Serve hot.
Puree roasted or baked
pumpkin, season with sea salt, fresh pepper, sage and nutmeg as a filling for
ravioli. Drizzle with olive oil and your favorite spices.
If you have acne prone
skin, sugar is not your friend. So when baking your famous pumpkin pie, use
organic coconut palm sugar. Its glycemic index is half of sugar and it is more
nutritious, especially since it is completely unrefined and not bleached so it
retains the vitamins and minerals. It is also high in amino acids, which is
actually great for the skin. Now even with that said, we're not saying to run
out and put this sugar in everything you cook or bake - we're just giving you
the facts behind why it is a much better alternative to refined white sugar.
Acne Skin Pumpkin Face
And after you're done
cooking, enjoy a little "me" time with our Acne Skin Pumpkin Face
Mask, which gently moisturizes, nourishes and conditions your skin
Always use organic
ingredients when possible
- 2 tsp. freshly cooked and
- ½ tsp. honey
- A few drops of whole
milk (For dry skin, exchange milk for one-quarter teaspoon heavy
whipping cream or, for extremely dry and sensitive skin, extra virgin
olive oil or for oily skin, one-quarter teaspoon of cranberry juice)
ingredients, mix gently, wash your hands and apply to your face avoiding the
eye area. Rest and relax for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water; pat dry (do
not rub!). Then, apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer.
Don't know what
treatment would work best for YOUR acne?
All of this may sound
great, but don't think that just because you eat more pumpkin or slather it on
your face that your acne is all of a sudden going to clear up. How nice would
that be! Pumpkin can assist in helping you live an acne-free lifestyle, but it
won't treat it. To figure out the type of
acne you have and the best treatment for it, try our quick 3-step personal
smart system™. Our clients find it is an enormous help!
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