Beauty Skincare

Plump Up With Pumpkin! The Best of Pumpkin Based Skincare

By Lora O’Brien

This time of year, we’re all pretty obsessed with pumpkin, right? Traditional pies, spiced lattes, creamy soups…yum! But did you know that this autumnal favourite isn’t just healthy and tasty, but it works wonders on your skin, too?

Pumpkins are loaded with natural ingredients like enzymes to gently exfoliate your skin and even out tone, whilst the oil of the seeds not only hydrates, but brings other benefits. For example, when applied directly to the hair (or eaten), it can help with hair loss and balancing hormones.

Pumpkin seed oil als contains high levels of vitamin E, zinc, omega 3- and 6- fatty acids as well as antioxidants, making it a tremendous aid for helping your skin retain moisture, fighting free radicals and the signs of ageing.

And of course, you can bet that any natural beauty brand using the orange stuff has made sure their products smell divine, too! Here, I’ve found 7 superb pumpkin based skincare products to take your face into fall.

1. Pai Skincare Pumpkin Seed Stretch Mark Oil  

Perfect for mums to be or those on a serious weight loss diet, this oil is bountiful in Vitamins E & C, plus Omegas 3,5,6,7 & 9 protect skin cell structure and enhance elasticity, helping skin to stretch and snap back into shape without showing any signs of damage. Cells are regenerated and there’s a visible diminishing of the appearance of any existing marks. It sinks in fast, whilst the rich accompanying cream provides deep hydration.

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2. Erin’s Face Pumpkin Enzyme Peel

If you love your pumpkin pie then you’re going to go wild for this face mask because it smells exactly the same! And when it comes to putting pumpkin on your face, your skin will 100% thank you for it as all those enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins C and K, not forgetting zinc and iron, work together like a little power team to keep our skin cells nice and fresh and our skin soft and glowy. The Gycolic acid (sound scary, but it’s safe, guys) in this mask gives a little chemical exfoliant which will leave you with the freshest looking skin around. Plus, did I mention it smells like pumpkin pie? #Sold.

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3. Sister & Co Raw Cacao & Coffee Scrub  

We all like to scrub our bodies, right? It gets rid of dead skin and leaves our skin silky smooth. The infusion of ingredients in this scrub will make your skin feel like it never has before; whilst coconut sugar and pink Himalayan sea salt works to banish dry areas of skin, orange and peppermint energize the senses whilst antioxidant rich cacao butter, cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil and sweet almond oil work with coconut to deliver vitamins and minerals to your skin, leaving your body nourished and hydrated, giving it a glow that will last long after you’ve stepped out of the bath.

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4. Jeffree Star Cosmetics  Pumpkin Spice Latte  Lip Scrub  

The general consensus is that this lip scrub smells and tastes SO good, people are tempted to actually eat it! And its all natural, vegan and gluten free ingredients are so natural, you practically could. But frankly, we’ll be getting a PSL instead – sipping with velvety smooth lips, of course!

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5.  Andalou Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

Organic pumpkin meets Manuka honey in this gorgeous mask. Rich in beta carotene to protect your skin and citrus glycolic AHA to exfoliate it, it’s guaranteed to help even out your skin’s texture, and there’s even a Fruit Stem Cell Complex to help brighten your complexion, too.

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6. Votary Super Seed Skin Oil  

Upon opening Votary’s facial oil, you’re greeted with the earthy fragrance of Chia, Green Tea, Pumpkin and Pomegranate. Designed to treat dry, sensitive or hormonal skin and tackle redness, irritation and loss of elasticity and plumpness, this deeply nourishing formula uses 21 different seed oils to hydrate without feeling oily. It’s ideal for prepping the face for makeup or sunscreen.

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7. Shamanuti Organic Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

A pumpkin pie in a bottle! You’ll want to keep this mask on for longer than the recommended 15 minutes!
It contains only all natural nutrients like Vitamin C, selenium, and Vitamin E, which work together to promote healthy collagen levels, reduce the effects of antioxidants, and help relieve acne. But best of all? Rich essential fatty acids serve as a natural anti-inflammatory, reducing redness and protecting the skin from the effects of poor diet and pollution.

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8.  Ultraluxe Skincare Enzyme Peeling Cream

Use this light peel a few times a week to dig out  impurities from deep inside your pores. Pumpkin enzymes and cardamom extract pair up to gently remove dead skin and other stuff that’s built up on the surface of your complexion, revealing cleaner, fresher, softer skin. Perfect for sensitive skins!

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9. Oskia Renaissance Brightlight Serum

Got a bit of pigmentation? We’ve got the solution! This intensive serum  busts up melanin spots if you use it every day, reducing the effects of sun damage. Besides pumpkin enzymes, there’s a whole harvest of good ingredients here, including passion fruit, grape based AHAs and papaya enzymes to help exfoliate skin, even out skin tone and firm your face up, too.

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10. Burt’s Bees Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm

Unfortunately, Pumpkin Spice Lattes have quite a few calories and sugar. But if you’re craving that taste and smell, Burt’s Bee’s pumpkin spice lip balm may just satisfy you a bit. It’s a limited edition, so grab it while you can!

11. Eminence Organics Yam Pumpkin Enzyme Peel

Oh my, but this is amazing! Want visible results after just a few applications? This is your product. It tingles a little bit going on, but it smells so damn good you’ll be tempted to lick it off. I personally noticed a difference after two applications – my skin was smoother, cleaner looking and a stubborn blackhead disappeared! I’m pretty sure that’s down to the 5% fruit acid content of this great organic peel. Try it!

12. Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum

This gel-like, Vitamin C serum uses the power of natural veggies, included fermented pumpkin, to protect your skin from the elements by creating an anti-oxidizing shield. It’s great for sensitive skins, and  contains peptides for an all-encompassing anti-aging elixir. You’ll notice your skin is plumper and firmer right after using it, and long-lasting radiance awaits you with continued use.

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