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  • The Benefits of Pumpkin Ingredients on the Skin

    Sharon MaxwellAutumn can play some nasty tricks on your skin with its winds and chilly weather. But you can give your skin a treat by using the perfect ingredient of the season, pumpkin, to reveal glowing new skin underneath.

    Pumpkin contains a lot of amazing properties that benefit the skin in many different ways. So how does pumpkin help skin?

    • Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin.

    • Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging.

    • Zinc in pumpkin seeds is brilliant for acne sufferers. Zinc will help control the hormone level and oil production, as well as assist with healing of the skin.

    • Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are necessary to maintain good barrier function of the skin. They also regulate sebum, great for an oily skin.

    • The molecular structure of pumpkin is small and therefore can penetrate deeper into the skin when used topically. This is amazing for treating a dull complexion, aging skin and pigmentation.

    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 treatment, 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.

    For the best results this season, it’s simple – target skin with products containing pumpkin!

    5 Comments

    • Jill Brown Says:

      Loved your article and had no idea of the benefits of pumpkin. Pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing the information. Now to find skin products containing pumpkin!

      October 13, 2012 at 12:19 am
    • Laura Petrie Says:

      Pumpkin has hElth benefits for both inside and outside your body. Are there any homemade skin treatments we can make with pumpkin?

      October 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm
    • Michele Genarro Says:

      I am aware of the Dermalogica Chroma White moisturizers that have pumpkin fruit ferment in them. I was wondering if any of the Dermalogica exfoliants have pumpkin in them? I recently started using the chroma white to help my uneven skin tone and I love the pure night. I noticed that my skin is less congested and less oily, could this be because of the pumpkin ferment as well?

      October 18, 2012 at 4:01 am
    • Sharon Maxwell Says:

      Dear Jill, you may like to try some of the products in Dermalogica. The following products contain Pumpkin Ferment:

      ChromaWhite TRx® Complex
      Extreme C
      Powerfoliant-2
      Pure Light SPF30
      Pure Night

      Michele, the products I’ve listed above are the only Dermalogica products that contain this ingredient, so the other exfoliants do not have it. In regards to your skin being less congested and oily, Pumpkin Fruit Ferment does exfoliate, so that is likely the reason for the changes you’ve noticed! Also, the hydration you receive from the product is probably helping as well.

      October 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm
    • Sharon Maxwell Says:

      Dear Laura,

      Thank you for your comment. You may want to try the following home-made recipes. Hope you enjoy!

      Pumpkin Face Mask

      • 2 Tbs cooked pumpkin
      • 1 Tbs honey

      1. Mix well and apply all over your face avoiding the eye area.
      2. Leave for about 10-15 minutes before rinsing to remove.
      3. Reveal smooth, hydrated, glowing skin.

      Optional Ingredients to add to the face mask
      Dry Skin
      • one-half teaspoon brown sugar (exfoliates, moisturizes)

      Oily Skin
      • one-quarter teaspoon cranberry juice (high in antioxidants to maintain balanced, nourished skin)

      Pumpkin Body Scrub

      1. Mix some pumpkin puree with brown sugar.
      2. Apply the scrub on moist skin in a circular motion.
      3. Rinse off to remove.

      October 19, 2012 at 10:04 pm

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