Brace yourself. The annual onslaught of pumpkin flavored, scented, colored, etc. merchandise is about to hit. But in all the marketing, don’t lose sight of pumpkin’s valuable skincare qualities. Rich in vitamins, zinc, and potassium, the only fruit noble enough to earn a Charlie Brown special is also a formidable ingredient at any esthetician’s work station.
Whether you’re exploring skincare career opportunities or already working with clients, pre-fall is a great time to recap the benefits of pumpkin-based treatments:
Pumpkin is rich in vitamins A, C, and E
Healing, soothing, collagen boosting, sebum regulating … as a skincare ACE you know these vitamins are integral to maintaining beautiful skin. Concerned about health tissue in deeper skin layers? Vitamin A stimulates that. Focused on preventing the signs of aging? Hello, Vitamin C! Oily skin problems? Vitamin E to the rescue. Pumpkin even throws in essential fatty acids, which help maintain the barrier qualities that keeps skin hydrated.
It’s got the zinc to send acne on its way
For clients who are battling acne, introduce pumpkin seeds’ secret weapon: zinc. It not only helps control hormones and oiliness, it also promotes healing. Talk about an anti-acne trifecta!
Bright skin gets a boost from pumpkin
Sure, pumpkin tastes great, but when it’s applied to skin, its molecular structure allows it to penetrate deeply. The result? Brightening and smoothing that’s more than epidermis deep.
Hold the pie -- let’s talk cell turnover!
So you’ve got multiple layers of beautiful, pumpkin-enhanced skin, now what? That’s where the fruit’s alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) come in. By boosting cell turnover, AHAs’ exfoliating properties help dislodge old, dead skin cells to reveal new, healthy tissue.