Pumpkin is as good for your skin as it is to eat! It is rich in nutrients necessary for healthy and radiant skin. Because the molecular structure of pumpkin is small, it can penetrate deep into the skin when applied topically. Pumpkin fights free radicals and prevents premature aging and other skin damage. (Free radicals are the culprits responsible for causing poor skin tone and elasticity and wrinkles over time because they break down skin-plumping collagen and elastin.) The long-term results of this breakdown are wrinkles.
New skin cells require about twenty-eight days to form and gradually work their way to the surface as old cells die off. This renewal process slows with age, stress, lack of sleep and overexposure to the sun, among other environmental factors. Fruit enzymes and Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) help to increase the skin cells’ natural turnover rate, while removing dead, dehydrated cells on the surface, to reveal the smooth appearance of the new cells. AHA’s act to dissolve the intracellular cement, or “glue” that binds the dead skin cells. The fruit enzymes digest the dead skin cells and improve the skins’ complexion and radiance.
Pumpkin is rich in vitamins, including vitamins A and C, E Copper, Zinc and Beta carotenoids.
Vitamin A increases the softness of skin and enhances the youthfulness of skin by increasing cellular turnover, by reversing the summer’s sun damage, soothing and softening the skin.
Vitamin C boosts collagen production and decreases the breakdown of elastin to help prevent signs of aging. It naturally firms the skin and protects it against wrinkles by stimulating the growth of collagen. Pumpkin’s natural glycolic properties remove dead skin cells without disturbing healthy skin
Copper plays an important role in collagen, elastin and melanin production. Some experts even suggest that pumpkin helps fade away the brown spots left behind by acne.
Pumpkin also contains Vitamins E and T, more commonly known as Torulitine. These vitamins, along with Zinc, promote healthy skin by reducing inflammation, minimizing pores, regulating oil production and aids in healing breakouts.
Please don’t neglect your hands and feet. The natural enzymes in pumpkin can also soothe, hydrate and soften your cracked hands and feet.