Pumpkin enzymes aren’t just another seasonal basic bitch (or man) trend. In so many ways, Fall is a fresh start, a chance to leave your house and not immediately burst into a persistent sweat. After months of sweating out your mimosa’s, it’s time to think about resurfacing your skin. If you’re thinking about snagging some butternut squash ravioli at Trader Joe’s, don’t bother (I bought them all)!
Pumpkin enzyme contains Vitamin A and Vitamin C which are important for providing longevity benefits, evening skin tone and improving the look and feel of your skin. As a result the pumpkin enzymes as an ingredient come along with the benefits of an enzyme as well as the perks of Fall’s staple gord.
Enzymes catalyze reactions. Those three little words mean a lot. Enzymes bind to other chemicals, cells or proteins to power a chemical reaction in the body. That’s what can make them so useful in skincare products. These ingredients can be used as vehicles for exfoliating your skin by working to breakdown the top layer of keratin and dead cells that live on your skin.
Getting the most out of your enzymes
Enzymes do require special conditions to work at their optimal level. They are affected by the conditions of their environment, including the pH and the temperature. Optimal conditions range for every enzyme so be sure to read the details on the label of your product.
Another factor to think about is the pH of your skin and making sure that it’s at a healthy level. You want to shoot for an acidic 5.5 to keep the skin’s ecosystem in balance. So when you’re using enzymes in your products, make sure that these enzymes will operate on that level.
DIY: How to make your own pumpkin spice exfoliating scrub
This mask won’t contain any pumpkin enzymes but it will help you become one with your pumpkin spice latte. Here’s the recipe to create your own pumpkin mask journey without the mask. Mix the following ingredients and gently apply to your face in circular motions.
¼ cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp lemon juice
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Non-DIY: Pumpkin Spice Mask
This product's peachy packaging should be a clue as to what's inside the tube: Pumpkin seed extract, which makes the paste smell a bit like a pumpkin cookie. Sweet almond oil, apricot seed powder, and oat kernel protein round out the ingredient list, resulting in a mask that looks a bit like dijon mustard but promises refreshed skin after a 10-minute session.
Summer Fridays Overtime Mask ($44)