Pumpkin isn’t just for Halloween and Thanksgiving pies. I’ve covered pumpkin seed oil previously on the site and its benefits for healthy follicles and shinier hair. An excellent oil with omega-3 & 6 fatty acids as well as vitamins E & K. Apart from the hair however, you can also use pumpkin oil and fruit for the skin.
One of my favorite exfoliating masks from MUAC is made from pumpkin. Used midweek after a peel, it sloughs off the dead skin cells to reveal smoother & glowing skin underneath.
The Amazing Benefits of Pumpkin for the Skin
- Pumpkin contains fruit enzymes & alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which brighten the skin andcontributes to skin renewal.
- Vitamins C, E & K in pumpkin softens the skin and boosts collagen production.
- Vitamin A in pumpkin contains mild retinoids. Retinoid is an excellent treatment for acne prone skin as well as premature wrinkles.
- Pumpkin contains powerful antioxidants like beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Higher than any other fruit.
- Additionally, pumpkin contains niacin, riboflavin, salicylic acid, lactic and ascorbic acid, all crucial ingredients in dealing with acne prone skin.
- Pumpkin also contains zinc, which can help regulate oily skin and heal damage from acne.
- The smaller molecular structure of pumpkin assists with skin penetration to improve a dull complexion and hyper-pigmentation issues.
Due to the many benefits of pumpkin and pumpkin seed oil, there are a lot of skin care products that incorporate this ingredient with some of the best being Éminence Organic Skin Care Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque, Kat Burki PH+ Enzyme Essence, Christopher Courtney Anti-Oxidant Chocolate Face Cleanser and Make Up Artists Choice Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask.
If the above recommendations are too much for your pocket though, feel free to make your own pumpkin exfoliating mask at home.
DIY Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask
- Mix all the ingredients together into a smooth paste. This is roughly for 1 use but you can adjust the ingredients as needed.
- Apply to face and massage face in gentle circular motions for a few minutes then leave on for 20 minutes.
- Rinse with lukewarm water and apply a moisturising cream.
The recipe above works better for dry skin. If you have oily or acne prone skin, replace the honey and sugar with a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar. Use this once a week for optimal results.