Pie-eyed over pumpkin products

Posted on October 18th, 2010 by Michelle

pumpkin patchEver wonder by Linus Van Pelt has such perfect skin? Other than because he’s a comic strip character, of course.

As Linus sat in that pumpkin patch year after year waiting for The Great Pumpkin to bring toys to all the children, you couldn’t help but notice there was nary a blemish on his perfect little cheek and he never seems to age. The secret, friends, is in the pumpkin.

There is little than makes us happier than a pumpkin pie in a flaky crust (Just pass me the pie plate and a fork). Imagine our delight in finding out that getting that creamy puree all over our faces is a good thing.

Pumpkins and their seeds are among those skin care miracle workers that can soften, smooth, erase and heal. Pumpkin offerings are on as many fall spa menus as restaurant menus, from facials to peels to body wraps. And it’s getting easier to find pumpkin products where you shop for your everyday personal care items.

That bright orange flesh is filled with antioxidants (betacarotene, lutein), vitamins and minerals (the Bs, as well as A, C and E; potassium, niacin, riboflavin). The seeds provide protein, magnesium, zinc, iron and copper. Whether you eat it or wear it, it’s good for your skin. Look for “cucurbita pepo” on product ingredient lists and then just say it out loud because it’s fun.

We expected to find it in products for the face and body, like Desert Essence’s Hand Repair Cream and MyChelle’s line that includes Pumpkin Renew Cream, a toner and the Incredible Pumpkin Peel to slough off dead cells and give you that glowing, Linus-like baby soft skin.

But we also found it in a couple of hair care products, namely Rusk Purify Deep Cleaning Shampoo with Cucurbita (told you it’s fun to say,)  and Tea Tree Oil, and Nexxus Botanoil Nourishing Botanical Shampoo and Conditioner.

Most surprisingly, cucurbita pepo seed extract is a key ingredient in RapidLash.

Great Pumpkin indeed.

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