Pumpkin seed oil is carving out a place for itself in the kitchen-to-beauty scene, even as the coconut craze continues.
It turns out, the cold-pressed oil from pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas) has an enthusiastic following among natural beauty and wellness mavens who are drizzling it over their salads, smoothing it on their skin, and washing up with it in the showerâ€”and loving it for its nutrient-packed qualities.
1. As a body moisturizer
Itâ€™s rich in fatty acids,which is essential for healthy skin. And it’s a fantastic anti-inflammatory. The Â deeply hydrates, firms, and helps calm skin, the multitasking body oil that can be used during pregnancy. It also encourages cell turnover and helps maintain collagen levels, keeping skin firm and youthful.
2. For thicker hair
Pumpkin seed oil is rich in vitamins A, K, E, as well as minerals and fatty acids, which all help strengthen your hair. In addition to shielding the hair protein, it also hydrates the follicles, which help give you shiny, lustrous strands. Some research shows it can also inhibit the 5-alpha reductase enzyme, which slows your hair growth.
3. Before a facial
Pumpkin seed oil can play a preparatory role before a facial. To soften and open the pores, mix pumpkin seed oil with vitamin E. The exfoliating enzymes from pumpkin reduce surface build-up during a facial, and they also provide antioxidant support.
4. As a hormonal health supplementâ€”or a salad dressing
Pumpkin seed oil provides concentrated dose of minerals that support hormonal and reproductive health. It helps with healthy egg production. And the zinc in pumpkin seeds help regulates hormonesâ€”plus it boosts your libido. You can use it instead of olive oil on your salad, for instance, or place in a smoothie.
5. As a hydrating skin-care treatment
The nourishing oil is great for healthy skinâ€”and for its anti-ageing properties. It helps to maintain collagen levels, which helps to prevent the development of wrinkles.
6. As a makeup-booster
One killer tip for infusing all of pumpkin seed oils’ benefits into your make-up: Mix a serum containing pumpkin seed oil with a powder mineral foundation. This creates a custom powder-to-cream foundation that has major skin benefits.MYNEWSHUB