From pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin pie–flavored protein shakes, there’s clearly no shortage of things a pumpkin can turn into. And that is true even for skin, hair and body care products. The beauty of this is that, unlike the orange-hued lattes and protein shakes, pumpkin in beauty products is more than just a seasonal trend. Our favorite fall fruit really does have legit skin and health care benefits unknown to many. In fact, experts believe that a pumpkin contains more than 100 beneficial nutrients that can help reverse signs of aging.
“Alpha hydroxy acids have been shown to promote smoother, younger-looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal. Pumpkin is a rich source of antioxidants and enzymes that act like alpha hydroxy acids,” explains Santa Monica-based esthetician, certified health coach and spa owner Diana Ralys. “These enzymes help increase the skin cells’ natural turnover. They digest aged, dehydrated and useless skin cells to reveal healthier and younger-looking skin.”
Pumpkin also contains potent antioxidants vitamins A and C. New Jersey-based esthetician Silvana Kuchar elaborates: “Vitamin A stimulates collagen production and cell regeneration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant, which can help remedy damage created by free radicals.”
Even pumpkin seeds tout many benefits. Because of its high vitamin and mineral content, pumpkin seed oil remains a favorite ingredient in many anti-aging products. “Omega 3, 6, vitamin E and zinc are known for their anti-aging effects. But what makes pumpkin seed oil so special is that when these nutrients are combined in one, the benefits of each are heightened,” explains New York–based holistic wellness and lifestyle expert Victorine Deych. “Pumpkin seed oil is a super healer in that it expedites cell regeneration, which can help fight acne and improve the appearance of scars.”
Ready to enjoy the healthy goodness of pumpkins? Here are just some of our favorite ways to use pumpkin in our daily face care routine.
This luxurious and nutrient-rich cleansing oil removes makeup, dirt and any other impurities. The gentle formula helps restore the skin’s moisture and pH balance. Pumpkin oil, rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids, keeps the skin youthful and radiant. Vitamin E protects against environmental damage.
The first step in the Lancer Method, this exfoliating polish gently and thoroughly sloughs away dead skin cells and flaky skin to refresh and revitalize your complexion. Natural quartz and sodium bicarbonate crystals gently buff and polish skin to speed cell turnover, while pumpkin and pomegranate extracts wash away surface impurities.
This super-rich cream firms, illuminates and protects the skin against environmental stress. Pumpkin seed and orange oils keep the skin supple and youthful. Naturally toning lime and lemon peel oils brighten and improve the texture of the skin. Vitamin C fights free radicals and supports collagen production.
This peel is almost good enough to eat! Formulated with yam and pumpkin pulp purees, it enriches your skin with vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants while refining your skin’s tone and texture, leaving you with a youthful, radiant glow.
This mask provides the benefits of a professional-strength peel, mask and exfoliator all in one deliciously scented formula. Loaded with real pumpkin puree and enzymes, the aroma of autumn encapsulates your senses and if you’re anything like us, makes your mouth water. These natural pumpkin extracts do so much more, though: they dissolve facial impurities and replenish moisture to leave your skin touchably soft and smooth.
Fruit acids and aluminum crystals decongest pores, promoting a clear, luminous complexion while gently resurfacing your skin. The result? Visibly smoother skin and tighter pores with a radiant, lit-from-within glow. Plus, skin tone and texture even out and lines and wrinkles fade away.
Combining both physical and chemical exfoliation, this scrub works to remove dead surface skin from your face to reveal a brighter and softer complexion. Jojoba esters and pumpkin enzymes boost cell renewal as amino acids promote firmness and elasticity. Ginger extract stimulates circulation to detoxify while aloe vera extract reduces irritation for skin that is visibly smoother and luminous.