When you think of pumpkins, we’re sure you immediately imagine fall, jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin patches, Halloween, pie, Thanksgiving, flavored coffee drinks, the color orange, and other fall-themed activities. The skincare world is continually evolving and setting new trends, however, many are not new. As consumers, we are always being introduced to new, or emerging ingredients. Pumpkin is an ingredient that started popping up in skin care, hair, and other wellness products this last year. 

We’re going to give you some insight into the history of the pumpkin and why it could become a “must-have” in your beauty and health lineup.

Quick History. The pumpkin is in theCucurbita family, which also includes squash, watermelon, and muskmelons. Originating from North American, “pumpkin” comes from the Greek word pepon, which translates to “large melon.” Pumpkin is scientifically considered a fruit because it has seeds, however, it’s more of a vegetable from a nutrition viewpoint.

The Highlights. Pumpkin is loaded with vitamins and minerals, fiber, and antioxidants that are uber beneficial to our skin such as:

  • Vitamins C, E, B, and beta-carotene (a vitamin A derivative). Vitamin C and beta-carotene work together in several ways. These powerful vitamins work together to reverse UV and free radical damage, two major offenders for wrinkles, premature wrinkles, sagging and skin cancer. They also boost collagen production which softens and helps prevent signs of aging. Pumpkin is also high in vitamin E, which regulates sebum (great for oily and/or acne prone skin) and maintains protection of the skin. There is also an abundance of vitamin B sources in pumpkin, such as niacin, riboflavin, B6 and folate. These all help control and minimize acne and acne scars. 
  • Zinc. Another acne fighter that not only helps regulate hormone levels and oil production, but it also assists with the healing of the skin. 
  • AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) and fruit enzymes. AHA’s increase cell turnover by sloughing dead skin cells, which in turn brightens the skin. Because the molecular structure of the pumpkin is small, it can penetrate deeper into the skin when used topically. This is great for treating pigmentation, dull-complexion, and aging skin. 

To sum it up, pumpkin is just down-right incredible for your skin, hair, and health. From healing to protecting to fighting, we believe it’s time we all start incorporating pumpkin into skin care routine. Try adding your pumpkin throughone of Elle’s favorite new skincare products,masks, oils, moisturizer, or other organic skincare products . LUMOIR may just have to jump on the pumpkin train… keep an eye out ;)