Health & Wellness pumpkin facial NSB

Published on November 11th, 2013 | by Nancy Russ


The Great Pumpkin…Facial Treatment

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to carving pumpkins and Halloween festivities.  This brings me to the topic of the benefits of pumpkin enzymes for your skin. Without getting too scientific, enzymes, whether they are extracted from pumpkin, pineapple or papaya, digest dead cells to increase exfoliation, decongest pores and allow newer cells to come forth.  Pumpkin also contains Vitamin A, C and Zinc.

There are a multitude of pumpkin treatments for use year round, but more conducive to the Fall season.  There are professional treatments your aesthetician can perform and there are home treatments you can do which are less effective than a professional treatment, yet still effective enough to get those “dead” cells moving.

pumpkin seedsIf you want to make your own treatments, you can take the leftover pumpkin pulp from the pumpkin you carved and try the recipe below.

A professional pumpkin treatment such as the PCA Retexturize:  Therapeutic Pumpkin Mask, not only contains pumpkin fruit enzymes but also has salicylic acid to address thick, resilient skin affected by acne, sun damage or build up of dead cells from lack of cell turnover. The treatment does get a little spicy, but is soothed by antioxidants to leave your skin glowing. This treatment is for all skin types.

There are home treatments you can do, however, they are not as corrective as a professional treatment.  gloTherapeutics Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub is a very gentle treatment that lifts away dead skin build up to reveal smoother, glowing skin. The pumpkin enzyme in this scrub is naturally rich in Vitamin A and antioxidants as well as ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties. This mask is for all skin types except the most sensitive.

The Revision Skincare Pore Refining Pumpkin Mask is a creamy blend of minerals and enzymes that makes your skin smoother in just one application.  It’s a warming mask and feels just wonderful and the pumpkin aroma is like Halloween and desert in a tube.

Do It Yourself – Pumpkin Honey Facial Mask:


  • cooked, pureed pumpkin pulp (a few tablespoons)
  • 1 whipped egg white (which will help tighten pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines)
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt (which will help exfoliate)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (which is anti-bacterial, great for clearing acne)

Mix and apply to entire face, avoiding the eye area and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing. The yogurt and pumpkin will encourage cell-turnover and exfoliate, while the honey has anti-bacterial properties to ensure a fresh face for fall.

Although these treatments are very superficial, they can lift your “spirits” and be rejuvenating for skin types that are non-problematic.  Problematic skin types do need treatments that address the causes of the skin that is not healthy such as acne and Rosacea.

About the Author

Nancy Russ

attended Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences and Technology. At Cindy Lee Facial and Nail Institute in Daytona Beach, Florida, she earned her Full Specialty License in Skin and Nails. Nancy has over 28 years in the skincare industry and has received additional education and certifications from PCA Skin, ViPeel, Image Skincare, Glytone, NeoCutis, VisaoMD, Obagi, SkinMedica, gloMinerals, Oxygenetix as well as certification in Permanent Cosmetic to include, brows, eyeliner and lips. Her passion lies in helping the patient/client with obtaining healthier skin by coming up with a plan of action that is suitable for the patient/client lifestyle and as well as advanced exfoliation treatments. Nancy is a Paramedical Aesthetician at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Port Orange and Permanent Cosmetic Technician at Salon In The City in Port Orange partnering with her daughter, Sarah King, Paramedical Aesthetician who performs skin care treatments at the Salon. They can be contacted at 386-402-0261.

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