Source: Nature Moms
Hello Pumpkin season! There are a few things I love about the fall season: the warm tones, decorations, jack-o-lanterns, and the smell of pumpkin spice in just about everything dessert related. Did you know that pumpkin, the enzymes specifically, is an ingredient in some skincare products? Well, now you do. So, hang with me to find out the 4 key benefits of pumpkin in your skincare routine.
Let me share something with you really quickly. I’ve always loved pumpkin. That’s the truth! Growing up it was incorporated in one of our cultural Jamaican meals. We used it to make chicken soup. It was the natural supplement for these now boxed chicken broth you get at the grocery store. So, it would be similar to squash soup, in terms of consistency, with the addition of chicken and other vegetables in it. Pumpkin is rich in AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) and enzymes that helps to brighten and exfoliate the skin. This ingredient is relatively safe for all skin types, dependant on the types of product you use and whether you have any known allergy to pumpkin. However, due to the protease enzyme and AHA properties, most of the products you will find are either peels, exfoliants, or oils.
1. Pumpkin is rich in carotenoids which is a plant pigment that gives fruits and vegetables their bright colours. It is also a form antioxidant that helps to protect your skin from free radical damage. Overtime when skin becomes exposed to environmental pollutants and UV rays collagen and elastin will begin to breakdown. The outcome of this breakdown is visible signs of premature aging: fine lines and wrinkles.
Rich in Vitamins
2. Vitamin A, C and E. Vitamin A helps to strengthen the outer layers of the skin keeping it firm and protecting it’s immune system from irritants. While Vitamin C helps to maintain and stimulate collagen, which also helps to protect against free radical damage. Vitamin E is found in the human skin? Before it surfaces the epidermis (outer layer of the skin) it builds up in the sebaceous gland and surfaces as sebum (natural oil) This helps to retain the skin’s normal oil production. Just like the other vitamins, it helps to protect cells from free radical damage.
3. It’s has Niacin and Folate known for their circulatory benefits which aides in skin cells turnover; furthermore, promoting skin cell production. Having good circulation is important in order to provide oxygen and proper nutrients to the skin. If you suffer from dry skin, the enzymes and AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) in pumpkin will also help to exfoliate dry dead skin.
4. High in minerals such as Copper and Zinc. The copper helps collagen and elastin production. Copper is associated with creating melanin in your body, so if you have pigmentation it could be due to copper deficiency. Zinc, is another key component to regulating sebum production. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits that can help with breakouts and certain skin conditions such as dermatitis.
You can also make your own mask, or peel at home with the ingredients in your kitchen. With very few steps to follow.
1 tsp canned pumpkin (Yes I said canned)
or 2 tsp puree pumpkin
1 tsp Honey
Peel: Apply the 1 tsp of pumpkin onto the lemon. Squeeze gently to release the juices then apply it to your face or whichever area you want to exfoliate. The pulpiness of the pumpkin will mimic granules. It’s best to do this at night to lower the risk of photosensitivity, or hyperpigmentation from sun exposure. You may also do patch test on your inner forearm first to ensure your skin doesn’t get irritated the ingredient combination.
Mask: Combine the pureed pumpkin with the 1tsp of honey. Mix until it the honey is blended in. Do a patch test first on the inner forearm, or the top of your hand. Then apply to your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Voila! You just made your own DIY peel/mask.
There are so many products out there, so which do you choose? I’ve sourced out a few that I’m interested in trying based on the ingredients. You can look them up as well.
Source: Fresh Picked Deals