With pumpkins  the size of small planets stacked up in supermarkets, it is the time of year to think about the cosmetic uses for America's favorite squash. Pumpkins are full of beta-carotene, one of the plant carotenoids that is converted to vitamin A in the body. Pumpkin is also a good source of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese.

Pumpkin has an instant effect too: its enzymes break down the outer layers of the skin, working as a natural exfoliant to remove dead skin and decongesting pores.

My most recent pumpkin find is Vapour's Instant Skin Perfector, a multi-tasking primer and concealer that also delivers good things to the skin. Harry Potter fans will be pleased to find pumpkin juice in Yes To Carrots Body Butter. We found pumpkin in one of our Five Best lip balms, Intelligent Nutrients, while Mychelle's pumpkin peel, demonstrates the squash's exfoliating properties. As does Peter Thomas Roth's peel. Pumpkin is supposed to help counteract male hair loss and it crops up in Nioxin's Scalp Therapy and the same logic would seem to extend it to inclusion in eyelash growth products such as the one by Nutra-Lift.

Ingredients in Intelligent Nutrients:

Beeswax, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut OIl), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Red Grape) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocapron (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Ricinis Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Elaeis Guaneesis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil, Curcubita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Rosa Rubignosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Vanilla Plantififolia Fruit Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Natural Orange Mint Flavor, Mentha Arvensis (Corn Mint) Leaf Oil, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil, Limonene, Eugenol, Isoeugenol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Ingredients in Mychelle Pumpkin Peel

Super Concentrated Pumpkin Extract, Pumpkin Wine, Pumpkin Enzymes, Honey Enzymes, Pineapple Extract, Essential Oil of Orange and Vanilla, D-beta Fructan.

Ingredients in Bubalina

Organic aloe juice, organic sunflower oil, glyceryl stearate, kosher vegetable glycerin, octyl palmitate, organic coconut oil, cocoa butter, cetyl alcohol, potassium stearate, organic beeswax, jojoba oil, tamanu oil, carageenan (seaweed thickener), cucumber, borage oil, flax seed oil, organic evening primrose oil, organic rose hip oil, panthenol, allantoin, organic arnica, organic lavender, organic calendula, organic chamomile, grapeseed oil, macadamia, sodium carbomer, retinyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexyl glycerin, organic ginger extract, pumpkin seed oil, pumpkin extract, pumpkin enzymes, FDA fragrance.

Ingredients in Yes to Carrots Exfoliating and Soothing Mask for Dry to Sensitive Skin

Silt (Dead Sea Mud) and (Dead) Sea Water , Spring Water and Carrot Juice , Pumpkin Oil , Carrot Seed Oil , Kaolin , Zinc Oxide , Glycerin , Olive Oil , Jojoba Oil , Chamomile Oil , Avocado Oil , Almond Oil , Magnesium Chloride , Fragrance , Rosemary Extract , Niacin , Ginkgo Biloba Extract , Aloe Vera Gel , Propolis Extract , Vitamin E , Imidazolidinyl Urea.

Ingredients Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Peel

Water (Aqua), Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin), Glycerin, Lac- Tobacillus/Curcurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Ferment Extract, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Triethanolamine, Fragrance.

Ingredients in Nioxin

Aqua/Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Dimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-11, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Panthenol, Amodimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Polysorbate-60, Polysorbate-80, Propylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis, Cucurbita Pepo, Humulus Lupulus, Mentha Piperita, Rosmarinus Officinalis, Serenoa Serrulata, Urtica Dioica, Visnaga Vera, Hexapeptide-11, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate Lysate, Betaine, Hexylene Glycol, Glycoproteins, Cystine bis-PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Phenoxyethanol, Phospholipids, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Ethoxydiglycol, Coenzyme A, Coenzyme B5, Coenzyme B6, Coenzyme B12, Coenzyme Biotin, Coenzyme Folate, Coenzyme Nicotinate, Coenzyme Q6-10, Coenzyme R, Coenzyme Thiamine, Melanin, Superoxide Dismutase, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Green 5, Yellow 6