I thought we could acknowledge fall this week. One of my favorite seasons. (I’ve got four) 😉
With the colors and the cooler temperatures comes an onslaught of everything pumpkin. So of course we’re going to talk about what benefits we can gain from this popular squash. Sorry, those pumpkin spice lattes don’t count!
You’ve probably heard of beta carotene, which contributes to the orange/yellow color in many fruits and vegetables. Pumpkins obviously have plenty! Once ingested, beta carotene gets converted to vitamin A. The other way we can get pre-formed vitamin A is through animal products (liver, fish, dairy products) because their bodies already did the conversion work for us. This is important to know if, like me, you don’t eat meat very often, or if you are vegetarian or vegan. Deficiency in this vitamin could impact our immune system, eyesight and our skin among other things. It’s also noteworthy that not everyone converts beta carotene to vitamin A at the same efficiency. You can read more about this here.
The rest of us are going to move on to something more light-hearted. The benefits of using pumpkin topically. Here is a short article from the Dermal Institute that outlines the goodies packed in pumpkin. Fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids as well as vitamin C make pumpkin a great vehicle for DIY skin care recipes!
The recipe below comes from Jenni Raincloud and she is a girl after my own heart! Former aesthetician she set out to re-create a DIY version of Andalou’s Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask.
DIY PUMPKIN HONEY GLYCOLIC MASK
1 Tbsp. Organic Pumpkin Puree
2 tsp. Manuka Honey
1/2 tsp. Glycolic Acid
5 drops Citrus Essential Oils (Grapefruit/Lemon)
Mix all ingredients and leave mask on for 5-10 minutes. See her referenced link above for cautions & notes on the glycolic acid.
Because I like to keep things natural and use as few processed ingredients as possible (i.e., the glycolic acid and essential oils) I’m going to replace those items with nature’s versions.
Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid as well as a humectant so I’ll be adding that with some fresh pineapple and grapefruit juice to make a good paste.
That being said, this means I’m totally guinea pig-ing it. I have no idea what % of glycolic acid I’m actually getting, but I have enough common sense to wash it off if it burns too much. And I’m enough of a nerd that I have PH strips at home that I plan on using.
For those of you like me who don’t mind experimenting at home I would highly suggest you read this gem of an explanation about chemical peels that covers everything from recommended pH to different AHA’s to after care instructions. Just because we’re doing this in our kitchen doesn’t mean there are no consequences!
As you hear me say often – do your research!
Have fun this week and we do carry organic sugar in the store if you plan on going that route.
Disclaimer: The recipes & benefits provided are for general reference only and should not be taken as medical advice. Wild Radish Studio does not guarantee the accuracy of information provided on referenced blogs & websites. Products and/or information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please do your research & make decisions in partnership with your healthcare provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication please consult with your physician.