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Celebrate Pumpkin All Year Long

Celebrate Pumpkin All Year Long

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Pumpkin is a symbol of autumn. We obsess over it for a couple months and then forget about it until the leaves start to change again. Pumpkin deserves more; it has so much to offer that I think it should be a year-round staple! 

Need convincing? 

No problem! 

A little bit about pumpkin

First, let’s talk about what pumpkins are. Now I know what you’re thinking:

“Come on, Graydon! Everybody knows what pumpkins are. They’re those orange fruits that we use to decorate for Halloween!”

True! Pumpkins are a fruit but did you know that they’re part of the gourd family?

That means pumpkins are distantly related cousins of other popular plants such as cucumbers, zucchinis, watermelons and cantaloupes. 

Now, the pumpkins we tend to use for Halloween decorations are just one type of pumpkin. In fact, pumpkins come in many different variations, each with their own distinctive appearance and characteristics. It’s said that there are over 150 separate species of pumpkin plants and a couple hundred varieties of every shape, colour and size. 

Historically speaking, it seems pumpkins got their start in North America. But nowadays, they can be grown almost anywhere. People love growing them because they’re extremely easy to plant and care for. We feel good about consuming them because they’re considered superfoods thanks to their multitude of health benefits.

Benefits of pumpkin in your food

There’s a reason we refer to pumpkins as superfoods: They offer major benefits to our overall health. These fruits contain an abundance of good compounds that our bodies appreciate. Some of which include:

Fibre: which helps us to maintain our bowel health, control blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol levels.

Minerals: such as copper, zinc and iron, which help our body to grow, heal, produce energy, enzymes and hormones.

Vitamins: such as B, C and E, which act in concert and perform hundreds of roles in our body; they help to strengthen our immune system, convert food into energy and repair cellular damage.

Essential fatty acids: such as palmitic acid, oleic acid, stearic acid and linoleic acid, which lower the risks of cardiovascular diseases, reduce risks of blood clots and are just generally necessary for good health.

Antioxidants: such as alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin, which scavenge free radicals from the naturally-occurring oxidation process.

The word “superfood” is often just a trendy marketing term to describe foods that are touted to bring miracles to our health. But in many cases, these “superfoods” just don’t live up to their claims. That’s not the case with pumpkins, baby! Pumpkins are certainly superstars that offer a myriad of health benefits thanks to their superb nutritional profile.

A few of my favourite pumpkin recipes

Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Latte on table with festive decorations

With so many health benefits, it’s not hard to imagine why pumpkins have found their way into our hearts and foods. From pumpkin spice lattes, to pumpkin pies and pumpkin soup, they’re everywhere!

In fact, at Graydon Skincare, we love pumpkins so much that we want to share some pumpkin-inspired recipes, as personally curated by moi (a former vegan chef). Not only do these treats look ravishing and taste phenomenal, you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging! 

So, without further ado, here are three pumpkin-based recipes that’ll inspire you to get into the kitchen right now:

Can’t-Keep-My-Hands-Off Pumpkin Fudge

As someone with a sweet tooth, this recipe is a fall staple for me. There's no baking required (hooray!) just a handful of ingredients, which you probably already have in your kitchen. Most importantly, this recipe is low glycemic so it won't spike your blood sugar. 

Interested in this super versatile goodie? Get the recipe here!

A-Second-Cup-Please Pumpkin Spice Latte 

How can we talk about pumpkin recipes and not talk about the latte? 

Come on, you can’t not try this super simple pumpkin spice latte. Get the recipe here!

Just-One-More-Slice Pumpkin Pie

A staple dessert during the holiday season, this good-for-you pie recipe from one of my fav girlfriends, Joanna Colville Reeves (AKA: The Brit Beet) can be made without gluten, dairy or sugar!!

Warning: This might be the most addictive pie you’ve ever had. Get the recipe here!

About pumpkin in skincare

While pumpkin is often considered a seasonal food, pumpkin skincare shouldn’t be seasonal.

Yes, you read that right: Pumpkin skincare. 

As it turns out, not only is pumpkin a beneficial food, it also makes for a fabulous skincare ingredient as well. This shouldn’t be too surprising. Most of those helpful compounds (mentioned above) that are good for the body when consumed, are also good for the skin when applied topically.

To be more specific, the aspect of pumpkin most commonly used in the skincare industry is pumpkin seed oil. The process to make this oil is quite lengthy. Pumpkins typically take 3–4 months to grow before they can be harvested for seeds. Then, the seeds must be manually peeled out of the pulp. After that, the seeds are dried, ground and roasted to prepare for the oil pressing process, which ultimately results in pumpkin seed oil. It’s a time consuming process, but it’s worth it!

Fun fact: It takes about 2.6 kilograms of pumpkin seeds to make 1 litre of oil. That’s about five pumpkins, depending on the variety.

Benefits of pumpkin seed oil

So what can pumpkin seed oil do for your skin? Well, let’s find out! Here are a few of the benefits:

Moisturizes the skin

You probably saw this one coming, right?

For one, pumpkin seed oil can act as an occlusive to help keep your skin moisturized. It does this by creating a protective layer on top of your skin. This helps prevent excessive transepidermal water loss (a natural process that we all go through in which water evaporates from our skin). Pumpkin seed oil helps control transepidermal water loss thanks to its essential fatty acids. 

And secondly, because it’s rich in palmitic acid, oleic acid, stearic acid and linoleic acid, it also has emollient properties. This means that it can help to nourish and soften your skin.

A 2019 study to find out whether or not pumpkin can moisturize the skin, confirms this. Conducted on adult women aged 35–45 years who had dry facial skin, researchers treated them twice a week for a total of 8 times. After a month, the researchers used a skin analyzer test tool and found that the women’s skin had become significantly more moisturized, as compared to before.(1)

Reduces acne 

If you’re someone who has acne-prone skin, then this might be good news for you.

Pumpkin seed oil seems to be able to help alleviate inflammatory acne, which are papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. It’s able to do this thanks to its rich profile in unsaturated fatty acids, which have been related as alternative anti-inflammatory agents on skin disorders. Plus, it contains vitamin A and alpha-hydroxy acids, which are known for their ability to increase cellular turnover. This means that it can also speed up the growth and healing process of acne, helping you to get rid of acne faster.

In fact, there’s a study(2) to back this up. This study was conducted in 2017 from March to June, with a pool of 20 male and female participants. After three months, all participants saw an 84% reduction in acne overall. 

Heals wounds

Pumpkin seed oil is said to have properties that may aid in wound healing treatments. It seems to be able to do this thanks to its high content of vitamin A, vitamin E, fatty acids, sterols and phytosterols.

A 2016 in-vivo study(3) seems to support this. In the study, 18 subjects with wounds on their backs were randomly divided into 3 groups. Each group was treated with either a saline solution, Cicaflora cream, or pumpkin seed oil. By the end of the study, the researchers found that the group treated with pumpkin seed oil showed better wound healing than the other two groups. 

Pumpkin seed oil in Graydon Skincare products

If you’ve been following us for a while now, you know that we’re dedicated to results-driven, plant-powered ingredients. As such, I couldn’t possibly miss out on incorporating pumpkin into our skincare products.

Voila! You can find this superfood ingredient in our Face Glow and Moon Boost Serum!

Moon Boost Serum and Face Glow with pumpkin

Face Glow is a lightweight tinted moisturizing skin primer. A true multitasker, it delivers brightening and highlighting effects for an overall dewy and radiant complexion for the perfect "no makeup makeup look." It’s won multiple awards, including being the Winner of the recent Beauty Shortlist Award 2021.

Moon Boost Serum is the new baby of the family, and it’s here to make some waves. Especially good for thirsty skin, this velvety-smooth, hydrating vitamin serum is formulated with non-comedogenic, nutrient-dense superfood oils and extracts. Together, they help to reinforce the skin’s natural barrier while providing it with a healthy glow.

Final words

Not only are they great as food, pumpkins can also pack some serious weight in your skincare routine. As a true superfood, there’s not much that this fruit cannot provide. From moisturizing and nourishing the skin, to relieving acne, pumpkin has you covered!  

So even though the season for pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pies might be over, be sure to make pumpkin skincare a staple in your life! 

Wishing you good skin days, every day!

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Considered one of the most expensive skincare oils, prickly pear seed oil has skincare benefits that make the price tag worth it. Click here to learn more!

Main image by: Natalia Klenova

Pumpkin pie image by: AnnaPustynnikova

Pumpkin background in product image by: Floral Deco

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Sources

(1) Ayuningtyas, N et al. “The Influence of Pumpkin Masker Usage on the Moisture of the Face Skin.” KnE Social Sciences (2019): n. Pag.

(2) Ibrahim, Abeer & Mohammed Salih, Tara & Ibrahimc, Shifaa & Al-Noor, T.. (2018). Facial Acne Therapy by Using Pumpkin Seed Oil with Its Physicochemical Properties. 23. 10.15192/PSCP.ASR.2018.23.1.3947. 

(3) Bardaa, Sana et al. “Oil from pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo L.) seeds: evaluation of its functional properties on wound healing in rats.” Lipids in health and disease vol. 15 73. 11 Apr. 2016, doi:10.1186/s12944-016-0237-0.

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