pumpkin skin care benefits

The autumn season conjures up thoughts of fall foliage, shorter days, cooler temperatures, apple cider, and perhaps most of all, pumpkins. The sight of bright orange pumpkins decorating a house's front entrance always makes me happy — as does the mouth-watering scent of pumpkin pie baking in the oven. Besides being delicious, pumpkins are a nutritious food choice, packed with vitamins A, B, C and E, carotenoids, potassium and magnesium, iron and fiber (source). But did you know that pumpkins also have benefits for your skin?

Since pumpkin is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients, it is a formidable yet gentle ingredient in anti-aging products. Naturally rich in vitamins A and C, pumpkin will help soothe and soften skin as well as repair free radical and environmental damage. Pumpkin also contains natural enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids, so it aids in removing dead skin cells on the surface and increasing cell turnover, thereby giving skin a smoother and brighter appearance. Good for hydrating dry skin due to its essential fatty acids, pumpkin can be just as beneficial in controlling excess oil and fighting acne since it is a rich source of the minerals copper and zinc as well as vitamin E.

The following pumpkin cleansers, moisturizers, masks and peels will nourish your skin, leaving it healthy, rejuvenated and radiant.

Cleansers with Pumpkin

PureCeuticals Pumpkin Enzyme Cleanse ($33) is a gentle facial wash that removes surface impurities and excess cellular build-up. Pumpkin contains vitamin A and beta carotene, potent antioxidant ingredients that help fight free radicals and fortify the cellular matrix. TIA Community Reviewer Kim says "I wasn't sure if the exfoliating agents in the cleanser — lactic acid, pumpkin — would irritate my sometimes-sensitive skin. But I am happy to report it is gentle enough for my skin and caused zero reactions."

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin B Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover ($38 in the shop) is a luxurious multitasker that lifts away impurities and makeup while moisturizing skin and restoring pH balance. This creamy cleanser contains papain, a fruit enzyme that exfoliates and softens skin, and a vitamin B complex pumpkin seed oil with that detoxifies and tones. TIA Member Cheryl says "Once the cleanser/mask is rinsed off, I am left with clean, make-up free, moisturized skin that does not feel tight or irritated."

Moisturizers with Pumpkin

Arcona Pumpkin Lotion ($35 in the shop) is a body lotion infused with pumpkin extracts and glycolic acid to help improve elasticity while exfoliating and brightening skin. This body treatment works exceptionally well at regenerating and repairing sun damaged skin, as well as evening out uneven skin tone. TIA Member Sally says "I honestly feel like a magic eraser has removed all of the tough patches and replaced it with smooth, soft, amazingly even-toned skin."

Blissoma Pure Sensitive Skin Soothing Complex ($25) is especially designed for those coping with allergies, sensitivities, irritations, redness, dryness and reactivity to keep skin balanced, soft and protected. This gentle formula is unscented and free from gluten, ethyl alcohol (grain alcohol), nuts, petrochemicals, parabens, phenoxyethanol and common botanical allergens. Plantain leaf provides relief from redness while organic baobab and pumpkin seed oil promote healthy skin regeneration. TIA Community Reviewer Ann says "On some of the worst winter days, it was nice to have the extra protection. It was healing for wind-burned cheeks."

Blissoma Peace Evening Calming Creme ($25.99) uses nourishing herbs to naturally promote nighttime healing of stressed or irritated skin. Organic seaweed provides trace nutrients for optimal skin health, ginko encourages efficient circulation, comfrey speeds cell turnover and pumpkin seed oil offers rich, soothing hydration to prevent moisture loss.TIA Community Reviewer Valerie says "By the end of the first week, I realized that besides whatever the cream was doing for my skin, the essential oil blend was incredibly relaxing for my nervous system, and I was falling asleep more easily at night from smelling this delicious blend."

Masks & Peels with Pumpkin

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Universal Mask ($55 in the shop) is a therapeutical facial mask that nourishes, soothes, calms and rejuvenates skin that's sensitive, irritated or inflames. This mask consists of organic, vegetable-based ingredients including an organically grown seed complex of pumpkin, sesame, amaranth, flax, soy, oats, rye, buckwheat, millet, barley, brown rice and sunflower. This mask comes as a powder and requires preparation, but TIA Community Reviewer Nina says "The mask delivers. After four weeks, my pores are completely clear!"

PureCeuticals Multi-Enzyme Pumpkin Peel ($44) is an exfoliating peel treatment with pumpkin, pineapple and papaya enzymes designed to improve skin's clarity and texture. This peel is rich in amino acids and antioxidants and encourages healthy cell turnover and clear pores. TIA Member Susan S. says "...afterwards my skin looked super-smooth, glowy and soft and with a pretty rosiness to my cheeks that my normally sallow complexion rarely sees."

suki renewal bio-resurfacing facial peel ($82.95) is an exfoliating glycolic mask that uses fruit enzymes such as papaya and pumpkin to remove dead skin cells, minimize the appearance of pores, even skin tone and accelerate collagen production. Pumpkin provides vitamin A as well as thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese. Marta says "This wonderful, professional grade face mask gives my skin the refreshed clarity of a weekend away from it all."