Natural vitamins and minerals in pumpkins make them ideal for the skin, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

The scent of pumpkin usually inspires thoughts of autumn and the changing seasons. This amazing ingredient isn’t only reserved for the holidays, however. You can use this plant year round to maintain healthy and vibrant skin. In this presentation, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains why this ingredient should be part of your routine.

Pumpkin is rich in vitamins A, C and E as well as zinc, potassium, lutein and beta carotene. All of these minerals keep the complexion healthy and protect it against damaging free radicals that cause signs of aging. The antioxidant properties of this ingredient help you maintain a youthful complexion.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends using an exfoliating pumpkin product.

The natural enzymes in this plant dissolve dead skin cells to create a soft and smooth complexion. This exfoliation also encourages cellular renewal and helps create skin that is youthful and radiant. If you are sensitive to harsh exfoliants such as alpha hydroxy acids, try an exfoliating product made with this extract.

Pumpkin is also beneficial for anyone with acne-prone skin. The natural exfoliation process eliminates oil and debris within clogged pores. Masks and peels with this ingredient help reduce the appearance of blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads.

Choose a pumpkin product recommended by Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

There are a number of products containing this ingredient that create a naturally radiant complexion. LovelySkin Pumpkin Clarifying Mask and LovelySkin Pore Refining Pumpkin Mask both exfoliate the complexion to refine and nourish skin. For a more intensive treatment, try Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Peel & Reveal Dermal Resurfacer. This product combines pumpkin and alpha hydroxy acids to eliminate dulling, dead skin and encourage cellular renewal.

Do you have questions about some of your favorite pumpkin skin care products? Ask Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the comment section.

Posted Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at 10:27 pm
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