The benefits of pumpkin seeds for your skin October 05 2015
Pumpkin Seeds + Zinc
Zinc is a key part of your skin’s dietary defence squad. Luckily a great source of zinc is pumpkin seeds, which are so easy to get your hands on this time of year! This "trace mineral" is found in every single cell in your body, and more than 100 different enzymes need it to function. Skin cells are particularly dependent on zinc’s powerful properties as the top layer of your skin is concentrated with up to six times more of the mineral than is found in the lower layers. Here's why pumpkin seeds, and the zinc contained within them, are so beneficial:
Zinc may ward off acne flare-ups:
Pimples develop when a buildup of oil, bacteria and skin cells block pores, causing the skin around the pore to turn red, swollen and tender. Zinc, which boosts immune function, may help control that inflammatory response. Because zinc regulates cell production and turnover, and can help reduce the amount of natural oil your skin produces, it may prevent pores from clogging in the first place.
Zinc can help clear up dry, itchy skin.
Zinc's anti-inflammatory properties calm irritation and relieve itchiness, which is helpful if you suffer from psoriasis, eczema, or dandruff. Many cases of psoriasis, an itchy, scaly condition of the skin that may be a fungal infection of some kind, can be improved by getting a proper intake of zinc. Eczema is also often linked to a zinc deficiency.
Zinc helps heal rashes and other sores.
Zinc reduces inflammation, regulates immunity and may stimulate the production of new cells. It’s also an anti-microbial, which can soothe and treat skin quickly; research suggests it may shorten the duration and reduce the severity of a cold sore, for example.
A simple handful or so of pumpkin seeds each day will be enough to begin increasing your levels of zinc over time. They're so easy to add into your meals, here are some ideas:
- Add pumpkin seeds into your smoothies
- Add pumpkin seeds to sautéed vegetables.
- Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top of mixed green salads.
- Grind pumpkin seeds with fresh garlic, parsley and cilantro leaves. Mix with olive oil and lemon juice for a tasty salad dressing.
- Add chopped pumpkin seeds to your favorite hot or cold cereal, or oatmeal.
- Add pumpkin seeds to your oatmeal raisin cookie or granola recipe.
- Try pumpkin seed butter as an alternative to peanut butter. It tastes great slathered on apples!
It's always great to start from within for optimal skin care, but for an extra punch of the amazing skin benefits of pumpkin seeds and zinc, you can find Pumpkin Seed Oil beautifully featured in both our Rejuvenating + Hydrating Face Serum and our Protecting + Restoring Face Balm and zinc itself featured in our Healing Eczema Balm.
Leave a comment below and let us know what you think! Have you noticed any positive results from adding pumpkin seeds, or extra zinc, into your diet?