Nestled between the hot end of Summer and the cool days of Fall is September, harvest season. Pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg… yes, it’s Pumpkin Spice season and we know it! These seasonal favorites are all very beneficial to your skin, which may start to feel a little drier than normal as the days get shorter and the Colorado air gets cooler.
When pumpkin is in an enzyme form, it can be stimulated with heat and moisture to create a deep exfoliation. This exfoliation process dissolves the dead skin cells, sloughing off unwanted buildup on the skin's surface. That buildup on the skin is responsible for a dull complexion, so getting rid of it helps brighten everything up.
The turnover of these skin cells stimulates collagen production. The infusion of vitamins A and C - which pumpkins have in spades - also helps stimulate collagen production, and more collagen means softer fine lines and plumped-up skin. By exfoliating the skin, pumpkin unclogs pores. Plus, vitamins A and C are proven acne-fighters. The bottom line is- anyone’s skin can benefit from pumpkin, whether it is ingested or applied topically.
Even if you spent the summer religiously applying sunscreen and wearing hats, you still have some sun damage because of how hard it is to fully protect your skin from the sun. Pumpkin infuses the skin with antioxidants, like vitamin A and beta carotene, to fight free-radical damage. It also deeply exfoliates, resurfaces, and helps repair photo-damaged skin. That means brighter-looking complexions with lightened pigmentation.
Well researched and widely used for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, cinnamon can help your body fight off blemish-causing bacteria. Also great for you circulatory system, cinnamon helps your body deliver enough oxygen and nutrients to your skin so it can stay youthful and strong.
Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and also contains skin loving minerals like zinc. Acne-prone skin or skin that holds redness can both benefit from gingers support against ongoing inflammatory response.
Nutmeg can aid in relaxation and help you sleep, so sprinkle a little on your favorite treat to take advantage of some real beauty rest. Your body focuses on cell healing and regeneration while you’re asleep, giving your skin a chance to produce its own natural emollients and to cleanse itself of metabolic waste from the day. This is why when you get a good night's sleep you feel refreshed and your skin looks better!
Sounds like a recipe for beautiful glowing skin!
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