Who doesn’t love pumpkin pies or pumpkin spice latte? But ever thought that pumpkin can do wonders to your skin also? I don’t know about you, but I didn’t. Recently I bought a pumpkin face mask from Amazon and it started showing results immediately. So I researched a bit and here I am, with my new post about the benefits of pumpkin enzyme face masks and what does it do to your skin.
The benefits of using a pumpkin mask is immense. Usually the pumpkin masks are loaded with pumpkin enzyme, antioxidants (vitamin A,C and E) and AHAs. The natural enzyme found in pumpkin is great for skin turnover. On top of that Vitamin A.C and E are good for anti-aging due to antioxidant properties. I don’t think I need to talk about AHAs as it has already won heart of every skin care lover in this universe for its numerous benefits.
So what does a pumpkin enzyme mask do to your skin?
1. Pumpkin masks hydrate your skin
Suffering from skin hydration? Pumpkin mask can be a great rescue for you. It was shown that using 12% pumpkin mask for 4 weeks increased the hydration of skin up to 31.4%. Not only that, the hydration percentage of skin increases further to 39% and 46.3% after 8 and 12 weeks of 12% pumpkin mask usage respectively.
It is also great for dry parched skin. One study showed that simply using a pumpkin juice can increase the moisturizing effect of the dry aging skin. Isn’t that amazing, A SIMPLE PUMPKIN JUICE!
All these hydrating properties of pumpkin mask comes from the vitamins present in it. Vitamin E and A are known for improving skin’s barrier and plump it. Not to forget vitamin C also helps to prevent transepidermal water loss. Which helps to maintains the skin’s hydration.
2.Pumpkin masks brighten your skin tone
Pumpkin masks are full of antioxidants. And antioxidants like vitamin A, E and C are great for fighting with free radicals.
When skin is exposed to external factors such as UV radiation, Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) or free radicals are formed. The whole process involves of formation of superoxide anion (O2 ), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), hydroxyl radical (OH∙), and singlet oxygen (1O2). These are toxic, super reactive and can damage nucleic acid, proteins, even cell membrane of your skin. Yes, stress and bad lifestyle also form these toxic substances in your skin. But studies showed that UV exposure is 80% responsible to skin damage.
But hey good news! One of the benefits of pumpkin face masks is it can reduce those photodamage. Cause it is loaded with antioxidants. Specifically vitamin C, which is known to inhibits tyrosinase enzyme, a key catalyst in melanin synthesis reaction. Inhibition of this enzyme reduces melanin. As a result your skin looks brighter.
3. Pumpkin enzyme masks firm your skin
Pumpkin enzyme face masks are great for improving skin’s elasticity and firmness. Skin’s elasticity is related to a protein called collagen. More the collagen, more the firmness as well as elasticity. The presence of vitamin A and C in pumpkin masks helps to produce this collagen on your facial skin and prevents it from sagging.
Our skin produces tons of collagen when we are younger. But as we age the production decreases. Also other external factors such as stress, pollution and UV rays can reduce the collagen production, resulting dull, aged and saggy skin.
But vitamins like A and C can prevent this. Vitamin C is an important part of collagen biosynthesis and acts as anti-aging. One study showed a daily usage of only 3% vitamin C for more than four month showed good results in preventing photodamage as well as aging. Also, vitamin A is very much known for its anti-aging effect. It can induce glycosaminoglycan significantly, which is responsible to maintain skin’s proteins (collagen) and increase collagen production.
4. Pumpkin masks are great exfolliators
Pumpkin contains natural enzyme called proteases and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Enzymes are gentle exfoliators and good for those with sensitive skin. They work by disrupting the bonds between the proteins and sweep away the dead cells. The best part? They don’t affect the pH of your skin.
Although gentle, they are great as exfoliators. One study showed that the dead cell removal was 33.7% after using 12% pumpkin enzyme for 4 weeks. Surprisingly this is similar to the results observed with lactic acid exfoliants (8% -12%) at low pH (3-5).
Exfoliating acids like AHAs also remove the dead cells but their mechanism is different. According to a study, AHAs weaken the cement or link between dead cells. As a result the skin can shed dead cells more easily resulting a brighter, smoother skin.
The benefits of pumpkin face mask is that it contains both: the enzyme and the AHAs. Although different skin care products/brands can infuse different percentage and type of AHAs in a pumpkin enzyme mask.
5. Pumpkin enzyme masks help with acne
In addition to the antioxidants and AHAs, pumpkin also has a blend of B vitamins. It has niacin, riboflavin, B6 and folate. And niacin or commonly known as nicotinic acid is beneficial to treat acne in any skin type.
Those who suffer acne have a disturbed lipid profile on their skin. According to one research, niacin can improve those lipid levels of acne patients and can cause flushing. As a result can control acne problems . The study also showed acne patients noticed a positive results after 12 weeks of treatment with niacin.
Another added benefits of pumpkin enzyme mask is it is specifically great for oily skin acne prone skin, as it contains vitamin E. How? Vitamin E not only maintains skin’s protective barrier but it is also anti-inflammatory. Thus it helps to heal and get rid of acne scars fast.
Also, pumpkin masks are high in Zinc. While combined with vitamin E, Zinc can repair inflammed sebuscous glands (the glands which produce natural oil or sebum). It is also a DHT- blocker that prevents overproduction of sebum and controls acne.
To wrap up…
Due to the immense benefits, pumpkin enzyme infused masks are now gaining more and more attention. The time is not far when people will use pumpkins more into their skin than in their dishes. Okay maybe I am exaggerating, but hey pumpkin masks are great and you should make them a part of your skin care routine NOW!
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