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Friday, 15 October 2021

It's All About The Pumpkin!

Pumpkin is very good for the skin. 
Pumpkin Enzymes contain Vitamin A and Vitamin C as well as alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) which removes the top level of dead skin. Meaning it helps both soften and soothe dry, cracked skin whilst boosting collagen production. Although most AHA's will do that for your skin, pumpkin enzymes are especially gentle, making it perfect for most skin types. 
With winter coming, it's important to change up your skin care routine to cater to the colder and harsher weather. Here are three skincare products that you can easily incorporate into your routine to give your skin the best over the next few months. 

Elemis Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter 

This is a apply to dry skin cleanser and perfect to use with a flannel to give you that extra level of exfoliation. Most cleansing butters are made to break down makeup, oils and anything you've carried on your face that day but this one in particular is almost silk like in texture that you don't realise how little you need. To compare to the body shop camomile butter, that has a soft chapstick consistency in the tin because it's been packed. So you can mistakenly use too much, whereas with this one by Elemis, you can see how soft the texture is and need to apply it, almost like a serum in amount. At £30.00 a go, it is on the higher end budget wise but as a morning cleanser, giving you that extra glow and hydration to start the day is such a bonus.

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

Peter Thomas Roth is one of the leading skincare brands in the USA and I've seen more people incorporate their products into their day to day skincare routines and others treat the brand as their skincare treat. For me, at £50.00 a tub, Peter Thomas Roth is out the budget and something I get as a treat or as a gift. 
This mask is one of my favourites to use out of all masks on the market but it is one to use sparingly. It is meant to be applied as a thin layer, massaged into the skin with wet fingertips and left for 3-7 minutes dependant on how sensitive your skin is. I leave it on for 4-5 minutes and I am a little red after use but that calms quickly. You can use this 1 to 2 times a week but I use it once every 10 days. I cannot stress that it is extremely active and I've seen many apply a thick layer, feel tingly or aggravated and say it doesn't work. Of course, it won't work for everyone but I have had such amazing results from this and know others who have too. It's given me the smoothest skin and I've found my makeup glides on effortlessly after use.  I would say, this isn't a product for those who are beginners into skincare. 

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturiser

This product is hailed as Kates three Ps for perfect skin; pineapple, pumpkin and papaya enzymes. 
As a daily product, this moisturiser is gentle and works fast, I saw results in 4 days! For me, it helped with dullness, dryness and texture and I have seen it help those with uneven skin tone. This is very pricey, I won't sugar coat it. It's £58.00 and I will say this is a product that, if you have tried all the drug store moisturisers and you were going to pay out for something higher end, start with this. Chances are you will hit the nail on the head first time. There is a warning with this product, it will increase your skins sensitivity to the sun and may increase the possibility of sun burn. Winter sun is no joke, I preferred to use this at PM only after using am and pm for a week but only because I am already at risk of sunburn from medications and didn't want to add to that.

It's important to say, you don't need to be using all three of these products every day. Overloading your skin with AHAs is counter productive and can increase sensitivity. These are just some ideas if you feel like your skin is dull, dry and you don't know where to start. 

As always, thanks for reading...

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