I first learned about this fabulous ingredient back in the days when I spent most of my waking hours in the garden, not making soap and skin care products! For years I have been in the sun without a hat for long periods of time, though I have a skin type that never burned, the sun still had a huge effect. While attending a garden day, I met Helen West from The Australian Pumpkin Seed Company, who told me enough about the oil for me to remember its importance when I became a soap maker.
All the nutrients in pumpkin seeds that make them a healthy, nutritious snack also make them a most important ingredient in skin care. So here we go I will share with you what I’ve learned.
Packed with essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more, the oil from pumpkin seeds help soothe, hydrate, protect, regenerate, and renew skin - making it a great ingredient for anti-ageing formulas. This one ingredient gives you free radical protection, deep moisturising, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing effects, and much more!
Four fatty acids which comprise 98% of Pumpkin Seed Oil are Palmitic, Stearic, Linoleic, and Oleic Acids.
Palmitic Acid works to promote natural oil regeneration. Oil is an important component for the skin to retain its protective barrier. With too little oil, the skin will crack and bleed; opening it to a greater risk of infection and disease.
Stearic Acid acts primarily as a lubricant. It allows the skin to retain the proper moisture balance vital for good health (and good looks).
Linoleic Acid is an essential fatty acid, which means our bodies don't manufacture it, and so we must ingest it in our diets. Linoleic Acid is one step for the manufacture of prostaglandins, which decreases inflammation in the body. Linoleic Acid helps maintain smooth skin and will help repair flaky, itchy or rough skin.
Oleic Acid is the final fatty acid found in Pumpkin Seed Oil. It works to replenish and maintain skin's moisture and lubrication. It is an omega 9 Acid and has similar health benefits (both general and to the skin) as the more well-known omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acid.
The natural nutrients in pumpkin seeds, particularly zinc and vitamin C, help to maintain collagen levels, which helps prevent premature sagging. That same zinc along with natural selenium helps to reduce the occurrence of acne; helping skin to look healthy and clear. With a rich source of vitamin E, Pumpkin Seed Oil protects skin from the free radical damage, delaying the visual effects of ageing. Antioxidants protect cell structure and health by neutralising "free radicals", which are unstable molecules generated from sources like radiation, air pollution, and peroxides. Left unchecked, free radicals can attack the skin's structure, leaving it vulnerable to wrinkling, infection, and other damage. Some of the biggest skin benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil are that it possesses very high levels of the natural antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Pumpkin Seed Oil is especially high in the gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant.
Vitamin E has been shown to have a wide range of skin benefits. It has been shown to reduce the amount of scarring from wounds and diminish the appearance of stretch marks on the skin. Also, it has been shown to decrease the effects of psoriasis, eczema and rashes, and to diminish the redness associated with erythema, which is one symptoms of rosacea.
You don’t need harsh chemical alpha hydroxy acids. Pumpkin Seed Meal has natural ones that exfoliate and help encourage cell turnover for a more youthful, glowing look.
So I think it’s pretty conclusive, Pumpkin Seed Oil has significant benefits for skin health and skin care. Adding Pumpkin Seed Oil to your skin care regimen will help you retain moisture, maintain normal cell structure, and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.
Any of my products that have a distinct green colour usually include Pumpkin Seed Oil as one of its ingredients; don't let this put you off though, "green is good", they all soak right in to get cracking with their job!