This time of year, people everywhere go nuts for anything pumpkin spice–lattes, body lotion, candles, you name it. The problem that I have with it is, most of these products do not contain any real pumpkin. Because something is labeled “pumpkin spice” it does not mean it really contains the wonderful benefits of pumpkin. I decided to take a deep dive into the interwebs to search for beauty products with real pumpkin and pumpkin seed oil, and I’ll be honest, there wasn’t much to find, but what I did find looks very promising!
The benefits of pumpkin
If you are a skincare collector, like me, you will most likely have tried an enzyme mask that contains pumpkin. You may or may not remember a tingling or stinging sensation while using it. This is because pumpkin contains alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) that are known to increase cell turnover and works as a brightener. Similar to glycolic acid and lactic acid, pumpkin will also help slough off those dead skin cells and give you a smooth glow.
You will also be happy to know that pumpkin also contains antiaging antioxidants Vitamin A and C, which are famous for boosting collagen=plumper skin!
Pumpkin seeds are just as equally great for the skin, but play a different role. Chock full of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, this oil has many benefits for the skin, including protecting it and regulating oils.
PETER THOMAS ROTH Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer $60 for 5 oz.
Good for all skin types, this triple-action exfoliator uses pumpkin enzymes, aluminum oxide crystal, and AHA to reveal smooth and radiant skin. If you have enlarged pores, dull and uneven skin, this is your new best friend. Some Sephora customers say that they saw an immediate difference after using the mask. This product has almost 5 perfect stars on Sephora.com!
This cleansing oil uses enzyme action and pumpkin seed oil to remove makeup and impurities. The oil’s cocktail contains zero parabens or synthetic fragrances, and no GMOs. If you have dry skin and seeking out anti-aging ingredients, you will love bringing this into your double-cleansing routine. You will still have to use a foaming or gel cleanser to remove any oil residue–especially if you use the SmoothBeauty Anti-Aging Laser.
If you have sun-damaged skin on your body, this lotion is for you. Infused with pumpkin extracts and glycolic acid to improve tone and elasticity of arms, legs, and anywhere you need help! Arcona uses no harmful ingredients, so you can feel confident that you aren’t using anything toxic on your body. A win-win!
Pure pumpkin seed oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is deeply hydrating. There is a long list of benefits including helping to promote hair growth by strengthening hair at the follicles and lessening stretch marks. For hair benefits, you can leave it on the scalp for 20 minutes for shine and prevent split ends. The product is currently rated 4.5 stars on Amazon!
If dry and cracked hands are your worst enemy during the colder months, you may want to check this out! This luxe hand cream contains peanut, cashew, almond and pumpkin seed butters, and soothing essential oils to moisturize dry, sore hands. A huge win for this product is that customers say it helps with their eczema. Plus, who doesn’t like going into the amazing Lush store?
This natural lip balm is loaded with cold-pressed virgin pumpkin seed oil, an excellent emollient and moisturizer. Pumpkin seed oil is chock full of nutrients like Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamins E, A, and C, and it is rich in the mineral zinc. Pumpkin seed oil readily sinks into the skin, does not leave skin feeling oily and helps repair dry damaged skin and lips.
Loaded up with cardiovascular support nutrients, this pumpkin seed oil supplement contains two forms of Vitamin E, alpha-tocomonoenol, and gamma-tocomonoenol. Pumpkin seed oil is a source of zinc and phytochemicals, which helps promote urinary and prostate health in men as they age. Overall, the supplement contains a high content of healthy fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, which provide support for cognitive function, brain development, blood-sugar metabolism, and healthy skin, joints, and connective tissue.
Doesn’t this list sound better than a pumpkin-scented candle? These healthy options are here all-year-round!