Expert's Opinion

Pumpkin Perfect

By Peter Lamas, Founder/chairman, Peter Lamas Brand | January 30, 2012

Fall is behind us, but this ingredient is great for skin, says Peter Lamas

Pumpkin is synonymous with the fall season. Its bright orange color compliments the colorful leaves of autumn and its sweet smell foreshadows the holidays that are to come.
But did you know pumpkin is also perfect for skincare? The bold orange color of the fruit suggests that pumpkin contains an enormous amount of beta carotene – a powerful antioxidant that can help keep your skin looking young and fresh. Pumpkin is also packed with Vitamins A, C, and E, ingredients that will help maintain your skin’s healthy glow. The pumpkin seeds contain ultra-rich oil that helps keep skin hydrated and treats your senses to a decadently sweet scent.
After researching about all of the natural benefits pumpkin can have on the skin, I decided to develop a cleanser that combines pumpkin with another effective fruit-based ingredient.

Apricot immediately stood out to me because it has the same beta-carotene benefits as pumpkin. It also contains a natural acid that helps dissolve the dirt and oil that gets trapped in pores. I took the apricot kernel and transformed them into small spheres to use as the exfoliating agent in the cleanser. The apricot kernels are much gentler than average salt crystals yet the apricot kernels work very well to scrub away dead skin and debris.

The apricot combined with the pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin extracts help make for a powerful, healthy alternative to the cleansers and exfoliates formulated with harsh chemicals.

My Pumpkin Spice Exfoliating Facial Cleanser is just one example of how nature can provide you with all of the necessary ingredients to help create a healthy product that works – a passion I strive to share to this day.

About the Author:
Cuban born Peter Lamas immigrated to New York City in 1961 at the age of 17. His parents had arrived in the Big Apple only a few months earlier, having fled Fidel Castro's repressive regime. Peter, making the best of his situation, decided to continue his studies of commercial art, photography and art in the United States. After he earned his license in cosmetology, he worked for Vidal Sassoon, the legendary Kenneth Salon Townhouse in mid-Manhattan and the Henri Bendel Salon in Manhattan. In the mid 70's he launched his own salon, "The Reapers."

The salon eventually extended to three locations in Manhattan. Lamas also launched cosmetics, skin and hair care products that would be sold exclusively in his salons under "The Reapers" name. With a drive to research all he could about health, beauty and ingredients, Peter founded Peter Lamas Products, with the overriding mission to deliver high-performance beauty products that contain healthy, natural ingredients, free of harmful chemicals. He also authored several books on beauty and anti-aging.

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