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Perks of Pumpkin

With the cooler fall weather here, pumpkins are plentiful and a common sight on autumn-themed doorsteps and dining tables. But pumpkins aren’t just for carving; they’re also perfect for peeling − the skin that is − with gentle but effective natural proteolytic enzymes.

By now, most skin types are feeling the drying effects of the fall weather. Pumpkin helps shed dry, flaky skin while helping to maintain the natural skin barrier. Pumpkin offers a much gentler approach to exfoliation compared to chemical peels, which can burn, or microdermabrasion, which can be harsh if not administered properly and leave the skin exposed to Ultraviolet (UV) damage.

Pumpkin contains proteases or enzymes, which hydrolyze proteins to gently remove the dead cells without upsetting the skin’s pH balance.

Pumpkin also replenishes the skin with a bevy of antioxidant-rich vitamins and minerals, including beta-carotene, Vitamin A derivatives, Vitamin C, zinc, the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, niacin, salicylic acid and lactic acid.

The effects are immediately visible with skin emerging softer, more luminous, elastic and clearer. The natural enzymatic action helps unclog pores, dissolve sebum and reduce hyperpigmentation. Fine lines and wrinkles recede and acne improves with the enzymes and zinc, which are naturally abundant in pumpkin.

For an extra boost, we can add glycolic, lactic or salicylic acids to enhance penetration and increase cell turnover. Or use alone for a potent home treatment. DermaQuest Pumpkin Peel uses high-grade pumpkin pulp to exfoliate and nourish skin with vitamins. For best results at home, use twice a week to improve signs of aging and leave skin noticeably smoother.

In the esthetic clinic, DermaQuest Primary or Power Pumpkin Resurfacer is applied for 3-10 minutes, depending on skin type, condition and sensitivity. Professional-level pumpkin enzyme treatments can improve skin barrier, refine the appearance of wrinkles, improve acneic conditions, even skin tone and stimulate collagen production.

Not only do our pumpkin peels smell great, they also deliver immediately visible youthful effects just in time for the holidays!

Sam Dhatt

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