Known as ‘green gold’, pumpkin seed oil is considered one of the healthiest and finest vegetable oils in the world.
Extracted from raw pumpkin seeds, a high quality, cold-pressed, organic pumpkin seed oil, like that used in our products, has many health-giving properties.
Pumpkin seeds themselves have a number of health benefits. They’re naturally rich in phytosterols that have been shown in studies to help reduce LDL, the ‘bad’ cholesterol. They’re also a good source of tryptophan, an amino acid that’s important in producing feel good hormones called serotonin.
Rich in fibre, pumpkin seeds can benefit digestive health and provide a good source of muscle-building protein. Minerals include iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and magnesium, while vitamins include A, B, E, and K.
Some studies show that eating pumpkin seeds regularly can help reduce the risk of kidney stones and natural anti-inflammatory properties may help ease the pain of arthritis. Pumpkin seeds are also full of antioxidants that help protect overall health.
All the nutrients in pumpkin seeds that make them a healthy, nutritious snack also make them a great anti-aging ingredient in skin care. Here are the most renowned benefits of pumpkin seed oil in skincare:
Pumpkin seed oil is super rich in antioxidants and has a high level of fatty acids, which help to fight against aging. These nourishing nutrients protect the skin and increase its elasticity, making it firm and youthful. The high content of vitamin E in pumpkin seed oil promotes healthy and beautiful skin by protecting it from free radical damage and speeding up cell regeneration.
Moisturises the skin
Pumpkin seed oil has a nice light and smooth texture that penetrates well into the skin. It’s omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid content makes it a good moisturizing ingredient. These acids also help balance oil, moisturizing dry skin and controlling oily skin. The zink present in Pumpkin seed oil has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, so it can be useful for reducing redness and blemishes on the skin caused by acne and other skin irritations.
Pumpkin seed oil contains Vitamin K, which promotes clotting of blood and heals wounds faster. If you have inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis that bleed, consuming pumpkin seed oil can help heal the wounds. Zinc and vitamin E from the pumpkin seed helps to improve the skin’s healing process, helping to fight off acne, beat scarring and maintain skin renewal.
Improves skin tone
Pumpkin seed oil is said to improve skin tone. It’s no surprise because it is rich in Vitamin A, C and E, all of which promote healthy skin cells. Vitamin C brightens and lightens skin while vitamin A prevents dryness and Vitamin E nourishes the skin cells, aiding in their proper functioning.
Promotes skin renewal
Pumpkin seed oil encourages cell turnover, revealing smooth new skin underneath. It also aids in maintaining the skin’s collagen levels, which keeps skin healthy. Pumpkin contains a wide spectrum of vitamin A derivatives that fit into the retinoic acid receptors found in the skin, activating cellular turnover. The keratolytic properties of pumpkin enzymes make a good non-abrasive preparation for much stronger exfoliations, while decreasing the oxidative and free radical stress associated with chemical exfoliations.
Pumpkin seed oil contains a number of ingredients that make it a great oil to use in your hair care regime. Research has shown that the oil can inhibit the production of an enzyme known as the 5-alpha reductase enzyme, which can be responsible for the slowing of hair growth. Pumpkin seed oil is also a rich source of folic acid, Vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids, all of which are essential nutrients for hair.
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