Pumpkin, Cucurbita Pepo, from the family Cucurbitaceae, is s widely used in many cultures as a food. But it is also a good resource for the skin care industry as an ingredient for pre and post treatments, to fight aging, and for treating and preventing acne. The whole meat of the pumpkin, as well as a solution of its enzymes, is used in mask products for healthy exfoliation of the epidermis.


These ingredients allow pumpkin masks to be a triplepowered treatment. The enzymes break down the bonds of the dead surface cells, allowing their exfoliation and exposure of younger epidermal cells. Beta Hydroxy Acids cause a tightening of the skin, allowing the client to immediately feel that her skin is more taut. The Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids penetrate the layers of the skin to encourage the turnover of the cells in the epidermis of the skin and the follicles, post treatment, bringing younger cells to the surface and cleansing the follicles of debris and dead cells. In the meantime, the antioxidants strengthen the skin’s defenses against free radicals, fighting the ravages of ageing. Later, collagen and elastin rejuvenation is stimulated by the AHAs.

The immediately visible results with pumpkin masks are a nice exfoliation, evening of skin tones, and a tightening of the skin. “My patients compare the results on their skin to how they look after a microdermabrasion,” says Dawn McCormick, Esthetician, Columbus, OH. “They like the immediate improvement in smoothness, their more even coloration, and the glow they have when they leave the salon.” Smith uses this mask on her acne patients because it produces results which can be noted immediately following the treatment. “It is rare to see immediate results with these patients, but this treatment delivers such a revitalizing and soothing benefit, it allows them to leave very encouraged,” she says. Smith also uses this peel in a pre-laser mini series of three treatments. “It has a very noticeable cleansing effect on the skin, as well as generally enhancing the skin’s health,” she says. She also uses it in post-treatment series as it boosts the results noticeably.

Pumpkin enzyme masks are unusually versatile and can be used many ways in the skin care room. It can be an enzyme treatment in the deep cleansing step to clear the surface of the skin and produce an immediate tightening while enhancing penetration of the ingredients in the following treatment mask. It can be the treatment mask for acneic, dehydrated, or aging patients, exfoliating the epidermis and killing the bacteria in the follicles. Smith uses the mask on mature skin with fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and on dehydrated and dull skin. She has found this treatment lessens the appearance of the fine lines, lightens the hyperpigmentation, and refines the texture when used in a series. “It also has an immediate firming effect for these patients,” she says. “These treatments are fast, effective, and non-invasive, making them the perfect facial for a busy patient.”

Pumpkin masks provide a needed change of pace in treatments. “Patients need more options in your chair, and this mask is a great one for that,” says Riggs. Not only does the patient become bored when having the same treatment appointment after appointment, their skin does also, slowing or stopping its progress towards the goals. Pumpkin is a great treatment to alternate with others in the aesthetic treatment room as it performs well, with no irritation, on all skin types. It continues the client’s move toward her goals, ‘waking it up’ if it has stopped responding to other treatments and taking it to the next level of treatment, or aiding it in maintaining achieved results. It can do this because of its enzymatic, exfoliative, and nourishing properties. Pumpkin can also be performed in a dual modality to enhance other peels or microdermabrasions, if the client has previously had both treatments and has had no reaction to either. For example, if the client did well with microdermabrasion in an earlier service, and also with pumpkin, her microdermabrasion service could be enhanced by following it with a pumpkin mask, thus enhancing further exfoliation. Some medical estheticians are using pumpkin in a series of six or more weekly treatments. It awakens the epidermis and dermis on dull, lethargic skin, and stimulates production of elastin and collagen to support hydration in dehydrated skin. Riggs uses it post-facelift. “They like it because there is no down time and it is non-invasive, but leaves a very nice, refreshed skin that has a glow.” Other skin care professionals are using it to moderate oil production, to treat Grades 1 and 2 acne skin, and as a change of pace to a salicylic series on higher grades of acne skin. Initially, the aroma is what attracted estheticians to pumpkin masks. “The patients love the smell of it,” says Riggs. Then, they discovered its wide use in results-oriented treatments. Pumpkin is here to stay, and not only in the autumn as a promotion.

At Elley Spa we offer two types of treatment which is pumpkin based one is called primary pumpkin facial and power pumpkin resurfacer facial. Both have an effective blend of pumpkin pulp, AHA’s and BHA’s working together for a smoother, clearer and brighter complexion.

For more informations contact Elley Spa.