With so many pumpkin seed oil benefits for skin and hair, it is nature’s best-kept beauty secret. From fighting acne to encouraging hair growth, I’ll share why you need pumpkin seed oil as part of your routine and the DIY recipes to do so.
What is pumpkin seed oil?
We are all well aware of the irresistible taste of pumpkin spice, but did you know pumpkin seed oil can be used for both culinary and cosmetic purposes? Also known as pepita oil, it is the product of cold-pressing pumpkin seeds. Cold-pressing preserves quality, potency, and purity. It also helps pumpkin seed oil absorb more easily which is ideal for skin care. Pumpkin seed oil is packed with nutrients, making it the perfect plant-based ingredient for natural skincare routines. It is particularly high in the following:
- Vitamin A – This helps keep skin healthy and promotes healing
- Vitamins B2 & B3 – Help reduce pore size, soothe redness and reduce excessively oily skin.
- Beta-carotene – Helps to reverse sun damage as well as improve uneven skin tone.
- Potassium – Regulates the amount of water in cells which is great for both moisturizing the skin but also strengthening hair follicles to prevent hair loss.
- Magnesium – Magnesium helps your body to create protein, which encourages hair growth. It also regulates skin cell regeneration and repair.
- Zinc – Alongside helping the formation of collagen, zinc offers anti-inflammatory properties.
Benefits of pumpkin seed oil for skin and hair
While many people are aware of the dietary benefits that the flesh of pumpkin offers, few realize the many benefits of pumpkin seed oil for skin and hair. Here is why you should add pumpkin seed oil to your natural beauty routine:
Free radical defense
If you crave younger and healthier skin, then pumpkin seed oil is for you. As it is rich in vitamin E, zinc, and antioxidants, pumpkin seed oil helps to reduce free-radical damage. Zinc is also believed to speed up healing and improve skin tone.
Nourishes dry skin
If you suffer from dry skin, pumpkin seed oil could be your skin saviour thanks to its high omega-3 and omega-6 content. These fatty acids are vital for healthy, nourished skin.
Helps aging skin
A further pumpkin seed oil benefit is its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and signs of aging. This is thanks to the high vitamin, mineral and omega content which support the overall health and structure of the skin.
Helps fight acne
Linoleic acid (also known as omega-6) is a natural exfoliant found in pumpkin seed oil that helps to treat hyperpigmentation. People with higher levels of linoleic acid are less acne-prone making it a must-have for your skincare routine.
Boosts shine and protection
As with most botanical oils, pumpkin seed oil coats hair in a light-reflecting layer which will boost shine. Alongside, the oil will act as a protective barrier on your hair making it an ideal treatment.
Fights scalp inflammation
If you suffer from scalp issues such as dandruff, dryness or irritation pumpkin seed oil will help soothe discomfort thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. This also makes it a great natural product for other inflammatory-related skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis.
Treats dry/damaged hair
If you are suffering from dry or brittle hair, this can cause breakage and frizz. Pumpkin seed oil will help moisturize and in turn prevent breakage. This is thanks to the high vitamin A and zinc content both of which help strengthen your hair. Similar to Argan oil hair serum, the amino acids in pumpkin seed oil help keratin production which promotes healthy hair.
Aids in hair growth
On the topic of keratin production, pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamin B7 (also known as biotin) which also boosts keratin levels in hair. Those same omega-3 fatty acids that are nourishing on the skin, also increase blood flow to the scalp and rejuvenate the hair follicles supporting hair growth. This was further promoted by a recent study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology in 2021, which compared the effects of pumpkin seed oil and minoxidil in women with signs of hair loss. Researchers found that both treatments produced measurable improvements in hair growth and concluded that pumpkin seed oil has a “promising potential role” in preventing hair loss.
What skin type works best with pumpkin seed oil?
One of the many benefits of pumpkin seed oil is that it is suitable for most skin types. In particular:
- Acne prone skin – As mentioned, pumpkin seed oil is known to soothe acne and reduce the chances of future break outs thanks to linoleic acid and vitamin B2.
- Dry Skin – Vitamin B2 is also great for dryness and pumpkin seed oil’s nourishing qualities are known to particularly benefit those with dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
- Aging Skin- Fatty acids in the oil promote new skin cell growth which help to even out age-related blemishes and wrinkles. Alongside fatty acids, pumpkin seed oil is rich in vitamin E and carotenoids that help the skin look visibly younger. This is because they enhance skin elasticity which prevents symptoms of premature aging, such as wrinkles.
- Oily Skin – As pumpkin seed oil is rich in vitamins A and C it is a great moisturizer choice for those with oily skin. The zinc content in pumpkin seed oil also helps balance the production of oil in the skin.
Pumpkin Seed Carrier Oil
Although pumpkin seed oil can be used directly on your skin and scalp, it works particularly well as a carrier oil for beauty and skincare. This is because it blends well with essential oils to make them easier (and safer) to apply to the skin. As essential oils are highly concentrated they can potentially irritate the skin if you apply them without a carrier oil. These are some of the best essential oils for clear skin which pair well with pumpkin seed oil:
How to use
Pumpkin seed oil is incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of ways across skin care, hair and beauty.
- For hair: You can either apply the oil directly onto the scalp. Massage using your fingertips to stimulate the hair follicles then leave overnight for best results. If you don’t want to wait until the morning to rinse, feel free to add a few drops of pumpkin seed oil to your shampoo and wash your hair as normal.
- For skin: Apply it to clean skin instead of a moisturizer. Use daily for best results. Or, use pumpkin seed oil as part of your oil cleansing routine. Steam your face with a warm, damp towel to open the pores then massage the pumpkin seed oil for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water. Once all oil is removed, reapply a few fresh drops and massage. Alternatively try one of my DIY recipes below.
DIY Beauty Recipes
DIY Pumpkin Oil Facial Serum
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seed oil
- 1 tbsp rosehip seed oil
- 3 drops frankincense essential oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 oz dropper bottle
Add all to a 1 oz dropper bottle. Screw on the top and shake well.
When ready to use, add a few drops to the palm of the hand and smooth over the face, under eyes, and neck. Let it absorb into the skin, and then follow with your favorite moisturizer. For best results, be sure to wash skin with a natural cleanser and apply toner, such as my rose water toner first.
DIY Pumpkin Oil Body Scrub
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seed oil
- 10 drops orange essential oil
- 10 drops sandalwood essential oil
- 8-10 oz Mason glass jar with wide mouth
Add all ingredients to a glass jar. Use a spoon to mix well. When done with a shower or bath, stay in the tub and lightly pat your skin with a towel. Leave a little moisture and apply the sugar scrub in a circular motion to your entire body. This will help to exfoliate the skin. Rinse with warm water (no soap) and notice skin feels soft and smooth.
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- Pumpkin seed oil & acne – https://www.healthline.com/health/pumpkin-seed-oil-acne#what-is-it
- What causes free radicals – https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318652#What-causes-free-radicals-to-develop
- Essential fatty acids & acne – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2936775/