Fall is here and the media is hot with new makeup palettes and warm autumn hair colors. This is the time that pumpkin patches are in full supply with ripened crops. Aside from the season splendor of pumpkin, what makes this icon so spectacular?
Aside from helping improve your cardiovascular system, the extraordinary diverse composition of fatty acids, phytosterols, tocopherols, carotenoids, minerals, and sterols have the ability to boost cellular regeneration, help increase collagen density, and provide excellent healing and repair capabilities to the skin. This is excellent news if you are concerned with inflammation and premature aging of the skin.
BENEFICIAL FATS IN PUMPKIN OIL
Palmitic Acid / Stearic Acid / Oleic Acid / Linoleic Acid (Omega-6) / a-Linoleic Acid (Omega-3)
Beneficial fats help improve barrier function of the skin and prevent dehydration.
The most superficial layers of skin play a critical part in preserving healthy skin functions by holding a substantial amount of proteins, fats and water. Hydration of this layer is what contributes to soft, smooth skin and healthy cell turnover. Fatty acids are important structurally to our cell membranes and offer anti-inflammatory support to the skin. Without them, our skin becomes dry and is affected by increased water-loss which may lead to dermatitis or increased sensitivity.
Pumpkin is an excellent solution for inflammatory skin concerns and may help reduce the need for topical steroids - depending on the severity of inflammation. Both acne and rosacea benefit from the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits from linoleic acid and a-linoleic acid, zinc, carotenoids, and tocopherols without increasing the risk of breakouts and redness.
Fall is a great time to incorporate pumpkin into your skin care regimen to celebrate the season and give some added benefits to your skin. Pumpkin Conditioner is the best start to incorporating pumpkin into a regimen. Formulated with beneficial nutrients from pumpkin, gluconic acid, zinc, and yeast, we like to consider it a twice-daily (great smelling) anti-inflammatory treatment for your skin.
Pumpkin Cream is a must-have product for sensitive skin and rosacea skin concerns, but it’s also suitable for balanced to combination skin types in the fall and winter months. Pumpkin Cream provides more moisture content for the skin, helps encourage healthy skin regeneration and offers anti-inflammatory support.
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