\n5 ways that pumpkin can improve your complexion\nThe temperature may be dropping, but that doesn’t mean you need to say goodbye to your summer glow. Our secret ingredient: pumpkin! The humble veggie is bursting with health benefits, and it contains the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that your skin needs to stay glowing during winter.\n#1 It brightens and refines skin\nPumpkin is naturally packed with enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) – two ingredients that you may recognise from your skincare products! They help to slough off dead skin cells, increase cell turnover and refine your skin’s tone and texture. The result is radiant, smooth skin. Want to learn more about the science of it? Pumpkin has a small molecular structure, so it can penetrate the deeper layers of skin to treat dullness, pigmentation and the signs of ageing.While you can slather pumpkin on your face, you don’t have to! To boost your complexion, combine skincare with self-care and apply the Andalou Naturals Instant Brightening Face Mask. It contains pumpkin and manuka honey to exfoliate, smooth and soothe skin while you relax for 10-20 minutes.\n#2 It can protect against UV damage\nEvery time we go outside, our skin is exposed to the elements: wind, pollution, and UV rays. Over time, these elements can break down the elastin and collagen in your skin, and leave you with a more weathered complexion. Enter: pumpkin! As you might have guessed from their bright orange colour, pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene (BTC). BTC is a powerful antioxidant, and has been shown to naturally protect against sun damage to our skin.\nPumpkin also has anti-inflammatory properties – and inflammation is the root cause of skin issues such as acne and rosacea.\n#3 It fights free radicals\nSpeaking of antioxidants, the vibrant veggie is also high in vitamins A and C. Together, these vitamins work to combat free radicals.\nAlong with being a natural immunity booster, vitamin C stimulates collagen production and protects your skin from premature ageing. Collagen improves the texture and firmness of your complexion, and our skin needs it to stay supple and strong. Research shows that vitamin C can help wounds to heal faster, too. Vitamin A is another superhero battling wrinkles and dry skin.\n#4 It keeps skin hydrated and plump\nThis is all thanks to the essential fatty acids. Just like avocado, fish and seeds, the omega-3s in pumpkin reinforce the skin’s barrier and give it a healthy glow. They also regulate sebum, which is great news for those with oily skin.\nPumpkin contains vitamin E, too. This multi-tasking vitamin moisturises and softens skin, and helps the skin’s healing process.\n#5 It calms skin\nBreaking out? Pumpkin is rich in zinc, an anti-inflammatory that helps to balance our skin and control oil production. It also revs up cell renewal and boosts your skin’s ability to bounce back from damage.\nAs well as zinc, pumpkin is full of other minerals we need for healthy, radiant skin, including magnesium, manganese, copper, potassium and iron.\nSo embrace pumpkin into your kitchen and beauty cabinet, and reap the benefits of this amazing vegetable.