Pumpkin, another beauty Mother Nature has bestowed upon us! Whether eating pumpkin or applying it to your skin, the benefits of pumpkin are simply amazing.
The pumpkin fruit is generally grown as a field vegetable crop. For many centuries the seeds have been used in food as well as to extract pumpkin seed oil.
The enzymes make it a very safe, gentle exfoliator, while the minerals, vitamins, enzymes and phytonutrients help to rejuvenate the skin. Pumpkin is packed with enzymes and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). It also contains vitamins A, B, C and E as well as zinc and essential fatty acids.
Benefits of Eating Pumpkin
Vitamin C in pumpkin helps to promote collagen production, which as a result improves skin tone and elasticity. The carotenoids in pumpkin help reverse damage from the sun and help to improve skin texture.
Pumpkin is packed with potassium, copper, magnesium, manganese and iron. Potassium helps promote healthy hair.
Copper and zinc help to promote healthy skin and hair. Zinc helps to combat acne and promotes renewal of the skin. The B vitamin, niacin also helps with acne.
The phytosterols in pumpkin help to reduce the “bad” cholesterol or LDL, levels in your blood. It is high in fiber, keeping you full longer and as such, is good used in a weight loss program. Instead of starving yourself, you will be filling up on the right kind of nutrients!
Benefits of Pumpkin for the Skin
The beauty of pumpkin is that it is excellent for use on all skin types. The antioxidants, vitamins A and C, present in pumpkin help soften the skin, boosting collagen production and therefore slowing down the aging process.
Acne sufferers benefit from the zinc in pumpkin seeds, which helps control oil production therefore accelerating the healing process.
Essential fatty acids and vitamin E help regulate sebum and in doing so helps to control oily skin. Vitamin C also helps to restore damage from sun exposure.
Pumpkin is also wonderful for dry skin. The natural enzymes in pumpkin help to get rid of dry skin cells by hydrating and softening the skin. It is excellent for the treatment of a dull complexion and helps with pigmentation problems.
Most proteolytic materials such as AHA’s or traditional enzymes such as papain or bromelain tend to be irritating on the skin. Much of the irritation is due to the over aggressive nature of these materials. Unlike traditional materials Pumpkin Enzyme shows an uncommonly mild irritation profile in a Human Repeat Insult Patch Test (HRIPT).
|INCI Nomenclature:||Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate|
|Suggested Use Levels:||1-10%|
|Suggested Applications:||Exfoliation, Smoothing Fine Lines, Softening|
|Appearance:||Clear to Slightly Hazy Vicious Liquid|
Storage: Protected from direct light and humidity at a temperature of 50°-77°F (10°-25°C)
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