pumpkin. it’s not just for pie anymore.

Fall is almost in the air, and it brings to mind many things:  falling leaves, temperatures cooling, longer shadows and, of course, pumpkin!

Pumpkin has many uses in skincare. Photo courtesy of pinkberry.com.

Not only does pumpkin smell and taste good, it is a very effective ingredient commonly used in the skin health industry. This incredible ingredient can be used as an effective mask or fermented into a ‘pumpkin wine’ to release multiple nutrients and antioxidants that are beneficial for most skin types and conditions.

The pumpkin enzyme is an effective proteolytic, meaning it will dissolve – or digest – protein or keratin. This mechanism of action makes it an excellent ingredient for sluggish skin conditions that typically result in an excessive amount of skin cell debris, which leads to a complexion that looks dull and uneven. Excessive cellular buildup can also impede the ability of topical products and serums to effectively penetrate the skin. By keeping the skin free of this extra buildup, products that are applied directly after the pumpkin enzyme will be able to work their way into the lower layers of the epidermis more easily.

Vitamins A and C are also ingredients found in pumpkin, both of which are essential to healthy skin function. In addition, pumpkin also contains a high percentage of naturally occurring salicylic acid, making this a great ingredient for acneic skin types as well.

As mentioned above, pumpkin wine is a result of the fermentation of whole pumpkin. This process releases additional nutrients and vitamins within pumpkin, and can be formulated into toners or applied topically to protect and nourish the skin throughout the day.

PCA SKIN® offers our Retexturize: Therapeutic Pumpkin Mask, which boasts the many benefits of pumpkin, in addition to added salicylic acid and the powerful antioxidant glutathione, among others. After this stimulating treatment, you can send your patients home with our Nutrient Toner  – a powerhouse of vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids to help refine pores and remove superficial dead skin cells between professional treatments.

PCA SKIN Retexturize: Therapeutic Pumpkin Mask

With the end of summer coming and fall on its way, you can offer skin-brightening, holiday treatments so your patients can have healthy, glowing skin that will be better prepared for the winter months ahead.

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4 Responses to pumpkin. it’s not just for pie anymore.

  1. skinbycarrielorrain says:

    Reblogged this on skinbycarrielorrain and commented:
    Pumpkin Peel is on special for September at my Spa. Come give it a try!

  2. healthmateuk says:

    Hi, this is really interesting as always looking for new ways to help improve my skin & get rid of acne but never heard of pumpkin being used in this way before. Funny too, as my parents-in-law just gave us a huge pumpkin from their garden – lots of pumpkin soup, fried pumpkin and still plenty left in freezer and fridge. Maybe i can make a mask out of some of it? Would that work?
    Nicola

    • Hi Nicola:

      Thank you for your question.

      Because the skin and the stomach are different, it is necessary to process the pumpkin in such a way that the skin is able to utilize the benefits. Our skin does not have the enzymes necessary to break down the pumpkin and extract the benefits.

      It’s the same idea as applying an orange or lemon directly to your skin, versus using a vitamin c serum. The skin is unable to break down the fruit in order to extract the vitamin C and all of its benefits.

      Please let me know if that makes sense.

  3. esthetics2go says:

    Reblogged this on esthetics2go and commented:
    Pumpkin Wine & Your Skin

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