Pumpkin for Skincare

Pumpkin is a superfruit like no other with sheer amounts of natural vitamins and antioxidants found in both the flesh and the seeds of the pumpkin fruit. Pumpkin is jam-packed with skin-loving favourites Vitamins A and C (which help to boost collagen production and protect against premature ageing) alongside additional Vitamins B, E and K (to support skin barrier function and maintain a strong internal structure) pumpkins have some of the biggest antioxidant benefits of any fruit. They also contain high levels of Zinc which can help with everything from balancing hormones to controlling oil production, making them a great addition to anti-acne skincare products. 

Pumpkins utilized in Lily Michael topical skincare benefit from the naturally produced enzymes. found in the fruit of pumpkin. These are high in proteases which dissolve protein and loosen dead cells from the surface of the skin, making our formulation an excellent exfoliator.

Proteases enzymes also have a small molecular structure so they can penetrate the lower layers of the skin more effectively, aiding the transportation of other ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid in reaching their destination more easily. Fruit enzymes such as pumpkin tend to be a lot gentler on the skin and can therefore be used by a number of different skin types - even sensitive skin types - as they cause minimal irritation.

Pumpkin seeds provide a rich source of Omega-6 essential fatty acids. Pumpkin seeds are incredibly emollient and help to hydrate the skin from the inside out to keep it looking healthy and smooth. Pumpkin seed oil also aids cell regeneration, encourages better healing, and provides a number of anti-ageing benefits. Pumpkin extract makes a welcome addition to topical skincare formulations aimed at mature, dehydrated and problematic complexions.

Benefits for Pumpkin Skincare

Exfoliate Skin
Using pumpkin as a natural exfoliant is a great way to slough off dead skin cells and reveal brighter, healthier-looking skin. The enzymes in the pumpkin break down dull, dry skin while the natural oils help hydrate and keep your complexion looking refreshed and glowing.

2. Acne Control
The presence of zinc both inside of the body and on the surface of the skin can be key in controlling acne symptoms. Pumpkin contains zinc, which helps to balance hormones levels, reduce inflammation, and regulate sebum production - all of which can play a role in keeping acne at bay.

3. Brightens Skin
Pumpkins contain significant amounts of beta carotene and kojic acid; both are known for their ability to even out discolouration and lighten dark spots or hyperpigmentation left behind from acne breakouts or sun damage. Beta carotene also gives an extra boost when it comes to protecting our delicate skin against environmental damage from UV rays and pollution.

4. Anti-Aging Properties
Pumpkin is packed with antioxidants that protect our cells from free radical damages caused by pollutants within our environment like exhaust smog, cigarette smoke or secondhand smoke or radiation from mobile devices etc., Antioxidants help fight off wrinkles while strengthening elasticity within the tissues — helping you achieve a more youthful appearance overall!

5. Moisturising Effects
Pumpkin’s natural oils help improve hydration, soothe irritation, lock in moisture, all while fighting off signs of ageing including wrinkles and fine lines. Plus with regular use you may notice that your complexion appears firmer over time! It's perfect for those who have dry skin since it contains anti-inflammatory properties that nourish the its barrier to prevent future dehydration too!

6. Reducing Irritation & Redness
The enzymes present in pumpkin could help reduce inflammation when applied directly to irritated areas such as minor cuts or bug bites — encouraging a faster recovery process with less discomfort! The same bacteria-fighting abilities may help reduce redness caused by breakouts as well!

7. Deep Cleansing & Detoxifying Agent
Pumpkins contain Vitamin C which helps detoxify pores by removing impurities without drying out your complexion — leaving your face feeling smooth after each application! Its alpha hydroxy acids act as gentle exfoliants for deep cleansing — removing excess oil build-up on top layers of dead skin cells for a refreshingly clean finish every time!