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 the 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 pumpkin-infused skin, hair and body care products.
1. Eminence Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel
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.
2. Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
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.
3. Sanitas Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
Gentle, yet highly effective, this brightening face mask dissolves all impurities from the skin and sloughs away dead skin cells. Featuring organic pumpkin enzymes, potent antioxidants (vitamins C and E) and hyaluronic acid, it pulls out all the stops to combat signs of aging and refine skin’s texture.
4. Eminence Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque
This scrumptious mask deeply nourishes your skin to repair a devitalized complexion. Formulated with pineapple pulp, it eliminates impurities as pumpkin puree and orange pulp fortify your skin with vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids to strengthen and promote resilience. Moisturizing avocado oil conditions while soy milk, rich in isoflavones, smoothes and softens, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful, radiant look.
5. MyChelle Dermaceuticals Pumpkin Renew Cream
This rich cream hydrates and balances to promote a healthy-looking complexion. Key ingredient pumpkin seed oil delivers antioxidant protection to help neutralize damaging free radicals as it conditions and combats fine lines. The lightweight formula features shea butter and palm oil to hydrate and nourish for soft, smooth skin.
6. June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque
Spicy, detoxifying and ultimately clarifying, the is a multi-functional treatment in a skin staple in every sense. This mask features a powerful pumpkin enzyme that breaks down your skin’s dead surface cells to stimulate healthy cell turnover and promote an allover youthful appearance.
Rich in vitamins A and C, pumpkin propels your youthful appearance by visibly diminishing fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. The fatty acid content in this ingredients also restores skin’s protective lipid layer as it delivers healing zinc. Plus, it comes complete with a patent-pending blend of antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals, repel environmental aggressors and slow signs of aging.
7. Ilike Organic Skin Care Pumpkin and Orange Mask
This mask firms and revives wrinkled, dry, sunburned skin and also skin lacking water and natural oils. Pumpkin helps the skin shed dead skin cells and promote new cell production while orange oil provides anti-inflammatory benefits. Vitamin P (flavonoids) brightens the skin for a more youthful glow.
8. Yon-Ka Pamplemousse Vitalizing Cream – Normal to Oily Skin
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.
9. One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover
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, keep the skin youthful and radiant. Vitamin E protects against environmental damage.
10. Sothys Firming Body Cream
This body-firming cream restores a smooth, radiant and youthful glow to the skin. Pumpkin seed extract boosts elasticity for a more defined body shape while shea butter hydrates and conditions to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Prickly pear extract exfoliates impurities to improve the texture of the skin.
11. Senna Cosmetics Moisture Lip Treatment Balm with Pumpkin Seed Oil
This anti-aging lip balm moisturizes lips for a hydrated and revitalized texture. Featuring ingredients such as vitamin E and C, this balm simultaneously promotes collagen production while it defends against harmful UV rays. After use, lips appear fuller, more youthful and supple.