Posted by on 1/25/2021 to Let's Talk Soaping
This is Ex"tractly" What I was Looking for. Pumpkin Seed Extract in Bath & Beauty Products | For the Skin
Fall is around the corner, and all that comes with it. You guessed it, Pumpkins! Pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin donuts, and even pumpkin Twinkies, yum.
Funny thing is, as it turns up more and more in the food and beverage world it's also popping up in skin peels, masks, creams and body lotions, according to Allure.
So is there some secret ingredient or chemical compound in pumpkin to give you more beautiful, vibrant skin, is the question?
In this post, we'll touch on pumpkin and pumpkin seed extract/oil, discussing the data and information that it out there in reference to it's benefits for the skin and body.
Heck maybe you'll be using pumpkin all year around!
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What is Pumpkin Seed Extract or Oil (PSO)?
Color: Varies. Red/Amber to orange. Even dark green coloration
Commonly used for: Cooking and/or Health Supplementation
Normal Usage: Up to 7% of total weight in soap/lotion/conditioner/scrubs/Bath bombs
Popular Nutrients: omega-6 fatty acid, omega-3 fatty acid, sterols, vitamin E, Vitamin C, carotenoids, zinc
Where does it come from: Pumpkin seed extract is a concentrated form of natural pumpkins. This substance is usually taken from pumpkin seeds and pulp via cold pressing into a liquid. Pumpkin seed oil is also known as pepita oil.
You can find pumpkin extract in your favorite coffees and foods, but this type of extract is also found in bath and beauty products nowadays. This ranges from pumpkin-scented lotions and soaps to pumpkin face masks and scrubs.
Top Pumpkin Extract Benefits For The Skin:
1. Hair Growth?
One of the most popular uses and facts about pumpkin seed oil is it's linkages and effects on hair growth. There are multiple studies out there, like this one in 2014, which after 24 weeks, showed mean hair count increased by 40% with a group of male patients (receiving 400mg PSO) versus a placebo group.
An animal study in 2019 also showed hair growth promotion with the used of PSO.
2. Helps Hydrate The Skin/Moisturizer
Pumpkin extract beauty and bath products can help moisturize the skin and keep it properly hydrated. This is because pumpkin extract has natural fats and nutrients that keep your skin well protected and properly maintained. With this extra layer of security, moisture tends to be held in the skin more easily!
This concept has a lot to do with the essential fatty acids that make up the pressed oil, which can serve multiple benefits. Number one they help to moisturize, but number two is that they won't leave your skin feeling overly greasy, like other oils can.
3. Skin Elasticity:
Components of pumpkin seed oil like zinc and vitamin C also help with production of collagen. Collagen as well as other elastin fibers are important for skin tone, tightness and keeping skin feeling and looking young, overall.
4. Exfoliates Your Skin
Pumpkin extract might not seem like much of an exfoliator. However, some research has shown that pumpkin extract can help exfoliate the skin, maybe not in the conventional way you're thinking. Pumpkin extract have certain enzymes that to break down proteins and hence get rid of dead skin.
5. Helps with Inflammation and Bacteria Growth
Finally, if you have sensitive skin and are prone to breakouts, topical application may be able to help. In fact there are several plant based oils that can help with inflammation associated with acne. On top of helping with inflammation, pumpkin oil has also been linked to having antibacterial properties.
Research in 2018, showed pumpkin seed oil not only performed as an anti-inflammatory agent for the short term, but also for chronic inflammatory processes.
Specific compounds in the oil, like vitamin E and Vitamin C are also known antioxidants, so it makes sense that this would help to give the skin some sort of protection and barrier to some bacteria.
Other studies on rats, like one in 2016 showed that pumpkin seed oil has a promising outlook on healing wounds in animal assays.
It's important that many of these plant based oils be studied and experimented with more, as one study (1999) on staph aureus reveled that pumpkin oil in fact did not inhibit growth at it's highest concentration.
It doesn't seem studies have highlighted or shown a full spectrum of what types of bacteria pumpkin oil would be effective against.
Thanks again for stopping by, please be sure to share your experiences with pumpkin oil and products that you may have tried with some element of pumpkin incorporated!