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You are what you eat! While we all love a good dessert or a delicious treat (which we highly recommend!), it’s critical to your skin care that you get enough of the right things in your diet too. There’s a lot of different diets out there taking care of skin, but we’re going to try to keep it simple with one or two things per month that you can add to your diet because we want you to have the best skin possible! Today we’re talking about the benefits of eating pumpkin.
While you may only know pumpkins as a fall tradition, the truth is that this fruit (yes, it is a fruit for all of you who are wondering) is packed with nutrients that will help your skin glow. Pumpkin is a great source of most B Vitamins including niacin, which helps treat acne and improve circulation and folate, which also increases circulation and increases cell turnover and renewal. Think of vitamin B as your dietary EXFOLIATE getting rid of the old, dying cells to make room for the new ones.
Pumpkin also contains a handful of minerals, which are all critical to the health of your hair and skin. The most notable of these are potassium, copper, and zinc. While potassium helps promote healthy hair and skin regeneration, zinc and copper are key to protecting your skin. Zinc specifically is known to help protect cell membranes, maintain collagen, fight acne, and promote skin renewal – all helping to keep your skin from showing signs of age. Zinc is basically your body’s EXTEND, but it won’t necessarily give you buildable color so try to use them together.
Pumpkin is full of protective antioxidants like alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and other carotenoids which are also the reason that pumpkins are bright orange in color. Eating foods which are a high source of carotenoids can be a good way to help reverse UV damage and improve skin texture.
Finally, pumpkin is also a great source of vitamin C, which helps promote collagen production and protects skin from free radical damage like wrinkles and even skin cancer. Collagen is largely responsible for giving your skin elasticity and tone to help you look younger and healthier. Our HYDRATE body butter is great to use while eating foods high in carotenoids and vitamin C for glowing and healthy skin.
While our organic products are excellent for giving you buildable color, a DIY sunless tan and glowing skin that keeps you from showing signs of age, it is critical that you pair them with foods that give your body the nutrients needed to protect and restore your skin.