The gap between what we consume and what we put on our skin has never been smaller. And while you might already be used to seeing the likes of cocoa butter and nut oils in the products you pick up, there’s one nourishing foodie ingredient that you may not have noticed on the list (until now): pumpkin.
No, we’re not just saying it because it’s October – pumpkin is a surprisingly effective component in areas as diverse as face masks, moisturisers, shampoos and stretch-mark treatments.
‘Products that contain pumpkin extracts are great as they are full of vitamins E and T,’ explains Amanda Von Hagen, expert and educator at Glo Skin Beauty. ‘Pumpkins themselves are packed with antioxidants that brighten and produce radiant skin cells. The proteins immersed in them have also been known to remove toxins and any other impurities that may be clogging our pores.’
So, whether you want to control oil, add moisture, boost your protection or treat existing damage, pumpkin could be the answer…
The best pumpkin beauty products to shop now
The hand cream
The Body Shop have brought their sweet-smelling Vanilla Pumpkin range back due to popular demand, and with 5-star reviews across the board, the hand cream is the hero of the line-up. Reviewers say it’s ‘autumn in a bottle’ – if you love the scent, which boasts hints of tonka bean, vanilla, hazelnut and maple syrup, it also comes in a shower gel and body butter.
Launched earlier this year, this Elemis facial wash teams nourishing pumpkin seed oil with broccoli seed and avocado, as well as a cocktail of greenery including wheatgrass, kale and nettle. While it might sound like something you find on the somewhat intimidating menu at a health food restaurant, it makes actually makes for a soothing, effective cleanse that balances skin and leaves it looking radiant, even if it’s usually prone to problems.
The face mask
Designed to address dull, ageing and congested complexions, this active pumpkin-infused mask gently exfoliates away dead cells and reveals the youthful skin below – and it smells like a cinnamon-infused pie. Use as a once or twice a week fix to brighten and clarify – just be sure to do a patch test if your skin is sensitive.
The shower gel
‘This is more of a skincare body wash, than a shower gel,’ says Lush’s product inventor Alessandro Commisso. ‘The base contains nourishing pumpkin seed oil and hydrating maple syrup, often used in the kitchen during cold months, but equally as good to soften the skin.’ This plastic-free puck is limited edition, so snap it up while you still can.
A gentler (and more affordable) entry level into pumpkin beauty products, the fruit extracts included here lightly exfoliate to unclog and resurface skin with regular daily use. The solution has been specially formulated to a pH suitable for blemish prone skin, so it’s a worthwhile purchase if you’re susceptible to breakouts.
The overnight face pack
Think of how good for you pumpkins are for you when they eat them, and then imagine that applied to your face. That’s what you’re investing in when you pick up this adorably-packaged face pack, which can be applied at different stages to suit oily and dry skin.
The body lotion
Massaging in this pumpkin seed and olive oil-rich balm is a luxury, not a chore. The gorgeous scent comes from a combination of balancing geranium and relaxing lavender essential oils – ideal for use after a bath or before bed.
The stretch-mark treatment
Pai products are made with organic ingredients, 100% vegan and cruelty free, and completely free from irritants. This two-step treatment is spendy, but gently effective against stretch-marks at all life stages, not just during pregnancy.
Pumpkin spice hair can be yours, and not just in terms of colour. This argan-enriched, paraben and sulfate shampoo cleans and moisturises hair for a naturally glossy finish.