Pumpkin: it’s in your morning cup of coffee, in the jam you put on your toast for lunch and even in your happy hour cocktail. Rich in enzymes, zinc, antioxidants and vitamins, pumpkin exceeds your food and beverages. Pumpkin your products for these seven benefits sure to leave you glowing.
1. Gently Exfoliates
When clogged by dead cells, your epidermis or outer layer of skin can show signs of aging, dehydration or result in acne outbreaks. Enzymes in pumpkin remove cell buildup by disintegrating keratin, a protein that acts as a protective barrier in the epidermis to reveal a smoother, more youthful complexion. Try the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer.
2. Lightens Dark Spots
When used consistently, pumpkin’s alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), a group of compounds derived from food products—such as glycolic acid from sugar cane—gently removes the top layers of skin to lighten dark spots and lift blackheads over time.
3. Reverses Signs of Aging
Vitamins A, C and E reverse signs of aging by halting and delaying damage caused by free radicals that break down your skin’s collagen. Additionally, vitamin A promotes cell production, which protects your epidermis from other harmful irritants that contribute to aged-looking skin. Try the Too Cool for School Pumpkin 24K Gold Sheet Mask.
4. Protects Against Sun Damage
Pumpkins contain zinc, a metallic element often found in sun protectants. When chemically treated and combined with oxygen molecules, it forms into a white powder that sits atop the skin, and acts as a protective layer that reflects the sun’s harmful UV rays.
5. Decreases Acne and Blackheads
Chemically altered zinc, referred to as “zinc oxide,” is common in acne treatments for its ability to absorb excess oil, and block irritants such as bacteria from penetrating the skin’s epidermis. The reduction of oil and bacteria decrease the likelihood of blackheads and acne outbreaks.
6. Calms Irritation
Much like an astringent, zinc constricts blood vessels to diminish redness, inflammation and the appearance of large pores.
7. Promotes Healing
Zinc aids in the regulation of enzyme functions that stimulate the production of collagen to help repair tears and other damage to your skin’s epidermis.