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  • Marie Regan

What Cinderella Didn't Know

What girl doesn't love the familiar Disney fairy tale of Cinderella and her Prince Charming? Everything about her story is simply beautiful. But there was one thing Cinderella didn’t know. She could have used that pumpkin to her beauty benefit! Pumpkin is one of the most natural, useful and powerful ingredients for your skin and your body.


  • Pumpkin enzymes and serums are some of my favorite “go-to” products in the treatment room because they are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. At our studio, pumpkin is a treatment room staple ALL YEAR LONG.

  • Pumpkin contains naturally occurring Vitamin A and beta carotene

  • Pumpkin is chock full of vitamins C, B1, B2, B5 and E, all power players in effective skin care

  • Pumpkin is a superfood that fights free radical damage through the use of its high antioxidant and vitamin content.

  • Pumpkin helps to remove trapped toxins resulting in cleaner pores and healthier skin.

  • Pumpkin treatments get a boost of power at Bel Viso where we layer our Anti-Aging Saki TCA peel or our hydrating and exfoliating Lactic peel with the pumpkin enzyme.

  • Pumpkin is considered nature’s “natural collagen” since it’s very effective in regenerating cells.


Pumpkin promotes cell turnover, a very important component for healthy, glowing vibrant skin! As we age, it’s critical to keep those cells turning over quicker to supress what's called “intrinsic aging.”

Intrinsic aging is the aging process that takes place over the years regardless of external influences. After the age of 20, one percent less of collagen is produced in the dermis each year (2). The collagen and elastin fibers become thicker, more clumped, and looser, resulting in inelastic and brittle skin and eventually in wrinkling and sagging (3). In our twenties, the skin’s exfoliation process decreases by 28% as well, causing dead skin cells to accumulate and stick together for longer periods of time. In our thirties, the transfer of moisture from the dermis to the epidermis is slowed and fat cells start to shrink. These effects make the skin look dull and thin. In our forties, collagen is no longer produced. The collagen and elastin fibers break, thicken, stiffen, clump together, and lose their elasticity. This results in wrinkles and aging lines. Finally, in our fifties, the skin becomes dry and is easily bruised, damaged, or broken because the sebaceous (oil) glands have decreased in size. In women, menopause causes a decrease in estrogen levels, leaving the skin drier, thinner, more sensitive, and less toned. As we age, our cell turnover rate drops and our collagen is said to decrease at a rate of 1% for every year after age 20.

So make October your Cinderella month because beautiful skin doesn't have to be a fairytale!


  1. C. Collin. How Does My Skin Anatomy Change as I Get Older? (2005). (26 Jan 2013).

  2. S. Obagi. Why Does Skin Wrinkle with Age? What Is the Best Way to Slow or Prevent This Process? (27 Jan. 2013).

  3. M. Witmer, Unrepaired skin molecules cause wrinkles as we age (2006). (26 Jan. 2013).

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