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Every year, we spend hours carving faces into pumpkins, but never consider what this fun, frightful fruit has to offer when it comes to skincare. In fact, it’s a key ingredient in a large range of skincare products from masks to moisturisers due to its extensive list of benefits. For this reason, we’re sharing with you the 7 benefits of pumpkin so you know why you need it.
Having oily skin is a concern which affects a large percentage of the population due to hormones, genetics and environmental factors. Rich in essential fatty acids, pumpkin helps to regulate sebum production, stopping excess oil from being produced. For more information on taking care of oily skin, make sure to check out our in depth guide below:
Oily skin is possibly the most common skin type with men. Due to the nature of male skin, it tends to be oilier. Sometimes oily skin can go into overdrive, and may actually cause you to look a bit greasy. This is when you might want to tailor your skincare routine to specifically combat oily skin, just to kick it back into shape.
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Due to pumpkin’s small molecular structure, it has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin’s layers, moisturising and hydrating from within. Not only this, it also treats dullness, ageing and pigmentation. The perfect pumpkin infused products for this are Madara’s Superseed Radiant Energy Organic Facial Oil, AromaWorks Purify Body Oil and Burt’s Bees Miracle Salve which can also be used on hair.
Why would you want to use Burt’s Bees Miracle Salve on your hair? Well, pumpkin has a variety of benefits on hair including dandruff prevention and hair strengthening. Not only this, it also prevents balding and promotes hair growth so you can enjoy a healthy head of hair. Don’t forget to read our effortless hair care tips too, so you can style it quickly and easily!
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Loaded with vitamin C, pumpkin infused products are brilliant at helping your skin heal. This is good to keep in mind for dry, chapped lips and sore, peeling heels. Remember to keep an eye out for this amazing ingredient in lip balms and foot creams for skin to get back to normal.
If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you’ll know that free radicals are molecules which destroy collagen, leaving you with visible signs of ageing. Of course, we can’t fight them off forever, but using pumpkin products will prevent fine lines and wrinkles from setting in prematurely. Pumpkin boosts collagen production to keep your skin youthful and plump thanks to antioxidants Vitamin A and C.
Packed with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), pumpkin is perfect for brightening and smoothing the skin. For more information about the benefits of AHAs in skincare, make sure to check out our guide. For those of you who just want a quick overview, AHAs are the acids which gently exfoliate the surface of the skin for a brightened complexion and smoother texture.
Suffering with dry, flaky and sensitive skin certainly isn’t pleasant. It makes matters worse when the only exfoliator you have is a scrubbing brush or grainy scrub, but what if we told you that there’s a much gentler option which is actually more effective?
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A common problem associated with breakouts is zinc deficiency, an issue prevalent in acne sufferers. When you don’t have enough zinc in your system, skin cells stick together rather than sloughing off, causing clogged pores which leads to pustules. Many products contain pumpkin as it has a high percentage of zinc, encouraging skin cell renewal. Products such as the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask and Lancer Skincare the Method: Polish are a great option as they’ll remove dead skin cells and leave you with a fresh, smooth complexion.
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