While fall fashions and cooler weather seem to mark the change of seasons, there’s also one other indicator that fall is definitely upon us—it’s all about the pumpkin. Pumpkin patches are cropping up everywhere and seasonal menus are starting to show off all the latest pumpkin offerings—everything from lattes and bagel spreads to soups and sauces. In fact, 80 percent of the U.S. pumpkin supply is available in October! And tis the season to indulge, right? OK, maybe just a little. After all, pumpkin is chock full of nutrients that are good for your skin and overall health.
Comprised of 90 percent of water, pumpkin is a natural hydrator, making it a definite skin must-have. You can make your own pumpkin mask by mixing pureed pumpkin with a little milk and honey to form a paste or, even better, try the Éminence Organic Skin Care Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque, for serious skin rejuvenation.
Pumpkin is also rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C, both antioxidant powerhouses that work to fight off free-radical damage and keep skin glowing and gorgeous. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein and are loaded with zinc, which is believed to help boost collagen and skin renewal. Try topping your next salad with pumpkin seeds for a crunch that packs a skin-perfecting punch.
The fiber-dense pumpkin can also help to make you feel fuller longer, which means it could be your newest weapon to help stave off unnecessary snacking in-between meals. It’s also rich in potassium, a post-workout must-have that helps refuel the body and maintain muscle health. Adding pumpkin to your diet doesn’t mean you should stock up on muffins and pies. There are a lot of ways to incorporate pumpkin into your diet without the empty calories. Try this recipe for penne with creamy pumpkin sauce or get your day started with pumpkin oatmeal instead.
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