Pumpkin Praises: Fall's Key Skin Care Ingredent

Fall has arrived and Halloween is round the corner – it means it’s pumpkin season again! Pumpkins wait all year for their annual one night of fame. However, it seems that the majority of pumpkins are used for decoration or carvings, and that their true glory as a health food and skin treatment are often unknown. This lovely squash is actually chock-full of antioxidants that make it a treat (not a trick!) for your skin.

Rich in Antioxidants
Pumpkin is excellent for use on all skin types, but especially if your skin is damaged from environmental conditions such as overexposure to the sun. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which soothes and softens your skin, and vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help to remedy damage caused by free radicals. These antioxidants work hand in hand as a powerhouse team to neutralize free radicals, helping to keep skin firm and slow down the signs of ageing. 

Increases Cellular Turnover
Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin. Due to the high enzyme content, pumpkin foot-care products are also very effective for hydrating, soothing and softening dry, cracked hands and feet. 

Anti-Acne Properties
If you suffer from acne, blemishes or frequent breakouts, your skin will benefit from pumpkin anti-acne products. Pumpkin contains the acne fighting vitamins E and T, more commonly known as torulitine. Pumpkin skin toners, peels and anti-acne masks promote healthier skin by fighting inflammation, reducing pore size, controlling excess oil and preventing the appearance of pimples, blackheads and blemishes. Zinc in pumpkin seeds is also brilliant for acne sufferers. Zinc will help control the hormone level and oil production, as well as assist with healing of the skin.

Due to the many benefits pumpkin has, it is easy to find in advanced, professional skin care today. There are exfoliants containing pumpkin ferment that help to brighten skin and remove pigmented cells. Pumpkin is used in formulations as a spot treatment or all over to brighten and even skin tone. There are treatments, day moisturizers with SPF30 that include encapsulated Vitamin C and Vitamin E, which are only released when in contact with ultraviolet (UV) rays to provide enhanced protection. A good night time treatment moisturizer with pumpkin will also help to hydrate, smooth and reinforce the skin’s barrier while you sleep.

Put your best self forward this season with some pumpkin goodness:

Rock pumpkin spice with this natural pumpkin regenerative peel to take frightfully dull skin from 'BOO' to 'Beautiful'. Enzymes of this superfruit offer turbo-charged exfoliation for clogged complexions. Bursting with powerful antioxidants to quench dull, ageing skin, this enzyme treatment can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, pore size, improve texture and tone, and treat breakouts when used weekly, leaving skin positively radiant. This is a great product which really helped to declog my skin.

(+) DIY Pumpkin Regenerative Mask

Pumpkin isn’t only ridiculously healthy, but its high concentration of vitamin A, vitamin C and Zinc, not to mention truckload of antioxidants, is fantastic for damaged or sensitive skin. Get primping with your very own pumpkin facemask. Just remember to wash it off after 15 minutes or people will think you’ve gone for a pretty questionable Halloween gettup.

For this fabulicious DIY pumpkin regenerative mask, you will need:

2 tsp pureed (fresh cooked or canned) pumpkin
½ tsp plain yogurt
½ tsp honey
¼ tsp ground almonds

Mix all ingredients, and apply fresh mask to just-washed, damp face (the enzymes are more active when moist).
Leave on for 5 to 10 min.
Remove with a clean tissue paper or washcloth and rinse well with lukewarm water.
Smooth on your moisturizer and enjoy your soft, luminous skin!


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