Rejoice! Fall is here.
That means cooler temps and pumpkin spice.
There's already been announcements of pumpkin spice lattes and other specialties, and I'm sure many can't wait to get their hands on it -- or not.
But everyone's favorite seasonal spice could benefit more than just your taste buds. So, if you're not one for the craze over pumpkin-spice flavoring, then maybe you could try something else: A facial.
Kimberly Smith of Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics gave us some tips of how applying pumpkin directly on your skin is of great benefit.
Smith said pumpkin evens out skin tone and lightens discoloration
Not only that, but according to Smith, pumpkin can do even to improve your skin and emotional state.
Smith explained the benefits:
1. Pumpkin closely resembles the enzyme our skin uses to make when we were 25 and younger. Passed that age, it makes some but not as much and that's one of the reasons why our cell turnover is less and we get duller looking skin as we age. If you use this enzyme (which can be made easily) you can basically pick up where nature left off.
2. Pumpkin lightens uneven pigmentation because of the type of enzyme. It is also high in vitamins C and A -- both of which brighten and contribute to collagen production.
3. Pumpkin protects your skins barrier function, which is basically its shield to the environment. With all the nasty air pollution out there, we could all stand to have a little help with that.
4. Pumpkin makes us happy. It's true, the Starbucks pumpkin latte probably has its own Facebook page. We wait to see it grace all the shelves at Trader Joes every year. It reminds us of the very idea of fall. Plus, the smell of pumpkin pie spice has been studied and it can literally clinically relax you, or if you're a man, make you decide you really like the person who smells like that.
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