Your Skin Loves
1. Rich in Antioxidants:
Pumpkin is packed with antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamins A, C, and E. These powerful compounds help combat free radicals, which are known to cause premature aging and dull skin. Antioxidants in pumpkin can help protect your skin from environmental damage, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while promoting a youthful glow.
2. Gentle Exfoliation:
The natural enzymes present in pumpkin gently exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells and revealing a fresh layer underneath. This helps to improve the skin’s texture and promote a smoother, more even complexion. Unlike harsh chemical exfoliants, pumpkin provides a gentle exfoliation suitable for all skin types.
3. Brightening Properties:
Pumpkin contains natural fruit acids, including alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which help brighten and even out skin tone. These AHAs gently exfoliate the skin’s surface, allowing new, healthier skin cells to emerge. Regular use of a pumpkin mask can help fade dark spots, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation, resulting in a more luminous and even complexion.
4. Hydration and Nourishment:
Pumpkin is packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that deeply hydrate and nourish the skin. The combination of nutrients helps to replenish and restore the skin’s moisture barrier, keeping it soft, supple, and moisturized. This makes pumpkin an excellent choice for those with dry or dehydrated skin.
5. Soothing and Calming:
The enzymes and antioxidants found in pumpkin have soothing properties that can help calm irritated or inflamed skin. If you struggle with conditions like acne or rosacea, a pumpkin mask can provide relief and reduce redness, leaving your skin feeling calm and balanced.
Creating your own pumpkin face mask is simple and can be done with a few ingredients. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started.
• 1 tablespoon of honey (for added hydration and antibacterial benefits)
• 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt (optional, for extra nourishment and a soothing effect)
This Yellow Zucchini-Carrot Pappardelle with Pesto is a celebration of color!
Every month, I experiment with new plant-based dishes for the ReShape app. Healthy habits never tasted so good! If you don’t already know, ReShape includes a complete day-by-day food plan with both plant-based and traditional protein options for every meal.
Today’s plant-strong creation by Chef Michele Leao has been one of my favorites. It replaces pasta with fresh carrots and zucchini ribbons.
The carrots are sweet and earthy, and the zucchini acts as a sponge to soak in all the pesto’s flavors. A perfect combination.
This recipe calls for the zucchini and carrots to be served raw, but if you want to turn it into a pasta replacement, boil the ribbons for five minutes.
Voila! A pretty presentation that’s loaded with fresh veggies.