It’s here: Fall and pumpkin season. And while pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pies are well and good, we prefer to get our squash kicks using the bright orange vegetable in our skincare. Why, you ask? Because it’s easy and our skin totally loves it.
What’s unique about pumpkin is its small molecular structure. The vitamins in pumpkin meat can penetrate deeper into the skin than other topical ingredients, making it great for treating a myriad of conditions, like:
- Dull, aging skin: Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which soothes and softens your skin, and vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help remedy damage produced by free radicals (read: lightens pigmentation). The natural enzymes it contains can help dissolve dry skin cells, while beta-carotene-rich antioxidants remove old surface skin cells, and promote new cell growth.
- Blemishes: Pumpkin is full of vitamins E and T, inflammation fighters that reduce pore size and control excess oil. Wave goodbye to blackheads, blemishes and redness: The zinc in squash’s flesh and seeds helps balance hormone levels and assists with healing the skin, all in promotion of clearer, healthier skin.
What’s more is that when you combine it with a few additional anti-inflammatories, you can end up with a powerhouse DIY mask that will reveal glowing, revived skin. The two we’re adding today are great on their own, but combining them gives a more potent result.
Honey: Honey is incredibly antibacterial while being soothing and hydrating. It’s rare that you run across an ingredient that can help slough off dead skin cells and treat blemishes while also helping skin hold in moisture. Its emollient texture actually helps your skin retain water, and therefore brings a plumpness to skin that makes it look full and healthy.
Turmeric: You may add this to your cooking, but have you thought about adding this root to your skincare? Its both antiseptic and antibacterial, making it another great ingredient to treat blemishes and irritated skin. It also has oil-reducing properties, as it helps balance skin by giving it the nutrients it needs to regulate itself. Bonus: It’s a skin brightener, and will help treat dark spots, whether they’re acne scars, sun or aging spots.
DIY Fall Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask
- 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin
- 1 Tbsp. raw, organic honey
- 1 tsp. turmeric powder (freshly ground, if you have it!)
Mix all three ingredients in a small bowl until fully combined. Apply to skin with fingers or with a brush. Leave on for 10 minutes, and rinse with warm water. When rinsing, massage skin with small circles to remove, for the most benefits. Caution: Using turmeric can leave a slight golden hue on skin, so we suggest doing this mask before bed!