Pompoenpoeder (Cucurbita pepo)
Rich in Vitamins A, E and C, pumpkin powder leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. Pumpkins contain enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that gently exfoliate the skin, giving a healthy glow.
Cucurbita pepo is native to China. It belongs to the cucumber (Cucurbitaceae) family, range from yellow to bright orange in colour and can grow very large and heavy. There are many annual record-breaking attempts from growing the largest to how fast one can carve a face into a pumpkin - can you beat 24 seconds?
The edible flesh, encased in a tough outer shell, contains an inner membrane and seeds. The seeds are usually coated in a thin husk (although huskless varieties exist) and are extremely nutritious.
To make the powder, pumpkins are cleaned, pitted, sliced, then gently dried using solar energy and finally, ground.