not just for halloween anymore
While we're on the subject of pumpkins -- this nutrient rich squash is good for the body inside and out.
Naturally high in AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) which encourages healthy cell turn over which brightens and smooths the skin. The orange pulp of the pumpkin is packed with vitamins A, C and E which keeps skin resilient and looking young by boosting collagen production.
Pumpkin seed oil is so high in certain skin-loving stuff that it's actually green with long-chain fatty acids needed for healthy cells inside & luminous skin outside.
Links below help you find a quick mask, a delicious dish and a recipe for salad dressing to make the most of the pumpkin goodness.
DIY Pumpkin Mask from Beautyish This one is quick and easy because it uses canned pumpkin puree. If you've just roasted pumpkin for another recipe - save some back and use it instead.
At Katoi in Detroit I ate an awesome dish featuring the pumpkin - I LOVE how they blend the locally available seasonal fruits and veggies with Thai cuisine. This won't be the same, but will hopefully inspire you to think differently about using pumpkin at home.
Vegetarian Thai Pumpkin
Salad dressing with pumpkin seed oil. It's important to shop for the oil in the refrigerated section at your health food store: the care of the good fats in the seeds is critical for nutrients - if heated, all of the goodness of the OMEGA vitamins is lost.
monique herzig, alchemist, aesthetician