Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin spice cake. Pumpkin swirl cheesecake. Pumpkin spice smoothie. Pumpkin spice hot cocoa. There are so many delicious things you can make from pumpkin. Did you also know that pumpkin seed oil is just as delicious for your skin? Pumpkin seed oil has beneficial nutrients like essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.
The best variety of pumpkin seed oil is from raw pumpkin seeds. According to Mountain Rose Herbs, it is best to use the oil in its raw form, so that the important nutritional benefits are not damaged by heat.1 Pumpkin seed oil is light to very dark green in color depending on its thickness.
Beauty Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Anti-aging – antioxidant vitamin E helps prevent or stop cell damage caused by free radicals thereby preventing premature aging. Vitamin A, which is a retinoid, helps reduce wrinkles and promotes younger-looking skin.
- Wards off Acne – rich in zinc, which boosts immune function and reduces the inflammation response to acne. Vitamin A prevents dead skin cells from sloughing off and clogging pores and reduces your skin’s oil production, which reduces pore clogging.
- Lighten under eye circles – vitamin K controls blood clotting, which is considered one of the causes of under-eye circles.
- Moisturizer – vitamin E wards off dry skin by helping skin maintain its natural moisturizers. It fights off free radicals, which cause cell damage. The essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6), oleic acid (omega-9) and palmitic and stearic acid also help keep the skin moisturized.
Throughout history, pumpkin seed oil has been used worldwide for healing purposes. The oil is thick, rich, and luxurious. Take advantage of the anti-aging, skin-healing benefits of pumpkin seed oil to maintain or restore your skin’s youthful appearance.