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With seasons change, we see the wonderful colors of fall, and the seasonal fruits in abundance. I have always enjoyed the arrival of pumpkins. It reminds me of how amazing and beneficial these giant fruits are for the skin, but not just seasonally, pumpkins are jam packed with nutrients and enzymes we need to be using year round!
Pumpkins are more popular in the fall and winter months because they are well known for the nourishment they provide during the more harsh, cold seasons. Pumpkins are fantastic for skin that has become dry, dull and environmentally stressed.
Now, the way I see it is, pumpkins have such amazing benefits, we should be including them in our skin routine beyond the fall and winter months.
I am going to show you why we should be using skin care packed with pumpkin and their enzymatic activity. We will look at their benefits and, I will direct you to some of our product reviews containing them.
A Closer look at the benefits of pumpkins
Pumpkin, the magical, midnight fruit. Often used in anti-aging night creams to exfoliate and renew our skin. The enzymes found in pumpkins work best out of direct sunlight, so night time serums are the best way to go. Pumpkin extract is so full of nutrients, vitamins and enzymes, it is an absolute must in skin care.
Pumpkin is rich in nutrients such as:
- Antioxidants: Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and enzymes that can help to prevent and repair damage to your body’s tissue. Antioxidants do this by slowing or preventing the effect of free radicals, which start oxidation; A process that causes damage from oxygen that can lead to cell dysfunction. As antioxidants block the effects of free radicals, they end up being oxidized. This is why it’s important to constantly replenish your supply of antioxidants.
- Enzymes: Pumpkin enzymes start a retinoid preparation on the skin, without any harsh chemicals, redness, peeling, or thinning of skin. Retinoid preparation is a gentle exfoliating process, dissolving dead skin cells and debris from the layers of skin. These enzymes also soften the skin and decrease the appearance of environmentally stressed or imbalanced complexions.
- Vitamin C: Smooths skins texture, improves your skins UV Defence, while also improving the skin natural healing response.
- Vitamin A: Soothes and softens your skin. Protect the skin cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals cause poor skin tone, loss of elasticity and wrinkles over time. They break down skin-plumping collagen and elastin.
- Copper: Copper plays a role in collagen, elastin and melanin production. Melanin is a pigment that determines the colour of your skin and hair, which explains why pigmentation problems may be attributed to dietary copper deficiency.
- Zinc: Zinc is thought to regulate excessive oil production in your hair follicles. Zinc also assists in the repair of inflamed tissues, such as pimples, rashes and sunburn.
Pumpkin Seed Oil:
- Essential Fatty Acids: The essential fatty acids sink deeply into skin to provide long-lasting moisturization. These acids also help regulate skins oil, moisturizing dry skin and controlling oily skin.
- Vitamin E: A potent antioxidant, vitamin E oil protects skin from the free radical damage, delaying the visual effects of aging. Vitamin E is also very nourishing to the skins tissue, providing deep penetrating moisture.
What skin types benefit from Pumpkin Extract?
Most any skin type will do well with pumpkin extract in their skin care, but it is especially good for dry skin and anti-aging.
- Deep moisturizing
- Collagen and elastin repair
- Fights free radicals
- Prevents oxidation of the skin
- Improves discoloration in the skin
- Improves your skins UV protection
- Sooths and softens
You may understand by now that pumpkins will provide excellent antioxidants to prevent and treat free radiacals, retinoid activity, providing a gentle exfoliation, and deep penetrating moisture, to help tissue lubrication and nourishment, prolonging the skins elasticity and collagen.
Where do I start?
If you are wondering where to start including a great pumpkin product in your skin care regime, I have a great recommendation.
Kypris Moonlight Catalyst Night Serum will start your journey right. Read my review, Click here
Pumpkins are one of the best fruits to be included in our skin care. The deep moisturizing and anti-aging benefits are thanks to its high performing enzymatic activity.
A lot of dermatologists are comparing pumpkin seed oil to coconut oil, in its abundance of benefits. Pumpkin pulp is becoming very exciting to research, because we know it has retinoid effects. There is a lot to look forward to, but in the mean time, what we do know about pumpkins, gives us more than enough reasons to be including them in our skin care regime.
What is your favorite pumpkin product, let us know by leaving a comment!
To a bright and Beautiful you,