Expert advice: The beauty benefits of pumpkin
Pumpkin certainly is a delicious seasonal ingredient, but there's more than one reason why you should incorporate pumpkin into your skincare routine year-round. An excellent exfoliant, and rich in essential vitamins and nutrients necessary for radiant skin, all skin types stand to benefit from pumpkin. But don't just take it from us, three of our favorite leading skincare experts explain why:
- KATE SOMERVILLE ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment $85
- JUNE JACOBS Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque $78
- OM AROMA & CO. Pumpkin Seed Night Organic Serum $58
- MYCHELLE Creamy Pumpkin Cleanser $18
- SONYA DAKAR Enzyme Peeling Cream $85
- NATURA BISSE Dermarepair Stretch Mark Prevention and Repair Cream $155
- ARCONA Pumpkin Body Lotion 10% $35
"Pumpkin, a fruit enzyme, is considered a natural 'chemical' from fruit and is a protein-digesting enzyme, which means that when applied topically it 'eat dead skin cells," says Kate Somerville. She adds, "I love combining fruit enzymes with fine grains to get both a physical and chemical exfoliation" and recommends her Intensive Exfoliating Treatment for instant results.
Sarah Dakar, beauty director at Sonya Dakar, further explains that the dead skin cells pumpkin enzymes remove "might otherwise sit there for months and act like a piece of plastic, creating dullness and discoloration." Effectively removing dead skin cells will also "aid your skin in absorbing the rest of your skincare products more efficiently."
And in addition to its non-abrasive properties, celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas adds that, "pumpkin pulp is also great for the skin because it contains beta-carotene (which acts as an internal sunscreen and protects against UV damage), amino acids (which strengthen the connective tissue and reinforce elasticity), and antioxidants which fight the signs of aging."
Clearly pumpkin's multitude of benefits make it the perfect ingredient to work into your daily skincare routine, so we've rounded up the best pumpkin-laced products we could find. From exfoliating treatments to stretch mark prevention cream, shop the slideshow above for pumpkin products that ensure healthy skin from head to toe.
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