Whether you love fall for its pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin patches, sweater weather, or a combination of all three, there might just be another reason to add to your list. As it turns out, your favorite jack-o-lantern may be able to do much more than show off your carving skills. In fact, pumpkin can be extremely healthy for your body, both inside and out, including your skin. When topically applied, pumpkin can benefit your skin in these five key ways.
1. Can Increase Cell Turnover
Thanks to its high concentration of fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), pumpkin can aid the process of cell turnover in your skin. This can have an exfoliating and skin-brightening effect, much like professional facial treatments claim to offer. AHAs have been shown to help improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, discoloration, and even lines and wrinkles .
2. Equipped with Antioxidants
Antioxidants are powerful skin care ingredients that can also have a brightening effect. They may also aid in collagen production to help smooth away the signs of aging, as well as offer protection from damage caused by free radicals. Two all-star antioxidants, vitamins A and C, are packed into pumpkins, which could make these fall gourds great additions to your skin care.
AminoGenesis Perfect Reflection: Anti-Aging Serum is enriched with four key antioxidants, including vitamins A and C, to offer the rejuvenating nutrients that your skin needs for the most beautiful, youthful, and healthy-looking complexion possible.
3. May Help to Alleviate Acne
Pumpkin seeds may be a bit of a “magical” ingredient when it comes to acne treatment, namely due to their natural concentration of zinc. Zinc may aid in skin healing and the management of oil production in the skin by helping to balance hormone levels . These are key properties in controlling and alleviating acne symptoms.
4. Barrier Function
The skin is a complex organ made up of three distinct layers: the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. The primary function of the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of skin, is to serve as a barrier. This seals moisture and vital nutrients inside while simultaneously keeping toxins and pollutants from penetrating the skin. Because pumpkin is also rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, two very effective humectants and moisturizers, it may help to improve the skin’s barrier function. These ingredients can also help to control oil production, making them especially beneficial for those with oily skin.
5. Small Molecular Structure
Finally, one of the largest skin health benefits of pumpkin is due to its small molecular structure. Some ingredients, although effective in other forms, cannot easily penetrate the skin’s epidermis, thus rendering them useless as topical products. Pumpkin, on the other hand, can readily penetrate the skin, making it an effective topical ingredient.
That said, however, if you’d rather not slather your Halloween pumpkin all over your skin, there are a number of skin care products that also contain these same vital nutrients to help rejuvenate and smooth your skin.
AminoGenesis products like Wrinkle Arrest Anti-Aging Day Cream with SPF 30, Counter Clockwise: Under Eye Treatment, and Cocoon: For All Over Body Use contain a unique blend of amino acids to help provide your skin with the nourishment it needs to appear smoother, brighter, and healthier for years to come. These products have all been formulated to effectively penetrate the skin’s outer barrier to deliver the nutrients directly where they’re needed.
The Bottom Line
If you have an extra pumpkin or two lying around this fall, it wouldn’t be unheard of to try using some on your skin. But if you’d prefer to forgo making a slimy mess of your jack-o-lantern, try looking for the same beneficial ingredients in much more practical skin care products like the AminoGenesis collection to keep your skin looking and feeling smooth and radiant, even after pumpkin season is over.