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Happy Halloween! Here's the lowdown on the beauty benefits of pumpkin on the skin

Pumpkins are synonymous with Jack O'Lanterns and yummy soups, yet they've been used since time immemorial for their digestive, diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties. Since they were first imported from the States in the 16th Century, they've become a beauty staple, often used for homemade face masks. So whatever you do, don't kick yours to the curb! Even better, if you have a sunny, warm, well-drained spot in your garden you can always grow your own beauty-boosting crop!

Pumpkins are from the Cucurbitaceae family and are often overlooked for their amazing nutritional benefits. They're bursting with vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E, fibre and minerals including zinc, copper and magnesium. Being 90% water, anyone wishing to shed a few pounds can eat them to their heart's content. However, it's their beta-carotene content that makes them a beauty superhero. One of the benefits of pumpkin is that our bodies convert beta-carotene into vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that stimulates cell renewal and slows down cell ageing by combating oxidative stress. A 200g serving of pumpkin provides the RDA of vitamin A.

Pumpkin oil is extracted from the seeds. It's packed with antioxidant vitamin E, polyunsaturated fats, zinc and phytosterols. It nourishes the epidermis from the inside and is great for hydrating dry skin.. You can add some to salad dressings, buy oil in capsule form or simply massage it into your skin. Let the oil work its wonders for a few minutes, wipe off any surplus and rinse off with warm water.

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