Pumpkin is a natural exfoliant, containing exfoliating fruit enzymes and AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids), increasing cell turnover. Pumpkin is gentle enough to use on all skin types.
Pumpkin contains antioxidants Vitamins A and C, protecting the skin from free radical damage on a molecular level. Vitamin C stimulates collagen and brightens the skin, reducing the appearance of age spots. Vitamin A is good for both aging and acneic skin – promoting exfoliation and improving skin tone and texture.
Pumpkin contains Zinc and Vitamin K, which both have anti-inflammatory properties – soothing skin and reducing redness. Zinc balances and heals acneic skin. Pumpkin also contains Vitamin E and Essential Fatty Acids which repair and balance skin barrier.
Not All Pumpkin Products are Created Equal
Professional grade peels contain high-strength active ingredients, targeted to address skin concerns, specifically formulated for the skin. Professional strength pumpkin peels usually contain one or more additional exfoliating agents – commonly lactic acid, glycolic acid, or mandelic acid. The Pumpkin Peel that I use is a Level I Chemical Peel, containing fruit enzymes, 20% glycolic acid, and 10% lactic acid. Professional peels should only be applied by licensed and chemical peel certified estheticians.
Most at-home DIY pumpkin masks are not safe for the face! Canned pumpkin contains preservatives – free radicals that damage healthy cells. With pumpkin season approaching, you could puree a fresh, organic pumpkin, and add a couple tablespoons of Raw Organic Colorado Honey, for a refreshing at-home treatment. Do not add eggs (bacteria!), apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (pH is too low, strips skin), coconut or olive oil (clogs pores), or any other “creative” ingredients unlicensed professionals and blogs are suggesting.
Pumpkin Peel Facials will be available at Mile High Glamour October – November.
My Pumpkin Peel Facial is customized to your skin type and concerns and includes deep cleansing, extractions, facial massage, Pumpkin Peel, cooling mask, ice globes, aromatherapeutic neck/shoulder rub with hot stones, retinol booster, hydration & SPF.