If Cinderella had known any better, once her carriage turned back into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight, she would have taken it home, cracked it open, and gave herself a fabulous facial. Never underestimate the power of pumpkin! With fall in full swing, we decided to give you some helpful facts on this natural beauty ingredient and highlight a few products that have made this Halloween staple a mainstay in their nourishing formulas. Click through the slideshow to see each pumpkin pick!
DIY. Pumpkin pulp shouldn't be thrown away. After carving out your annual jack-o-lantern, use the pulp to create your own personalized at-home facial. Pumpkin is filled with Vitamin A that can deliver a nourishing emollient to soften and smooth skin. Skin can dry out and lose its moisture during the cooler months, so take a 1/2 cup of puréed pulp and combine it with a teaspoon of honey, Greek yogurt, and olive oil to create a paste. Apply to clean skin for 15-20 minutes and rinse. Skin will feel rehydrated and soothed.
Face. Many women skip the step of exfoliation in their skin care regime, but a little scrubbing can help to improve skin's clarity. Pumpkin is known to perform the same function. A natural blemish fighter, pumpkin is rich in Vitamin E and alpha hydroxy acids, known to help combat pimples and inflammation from breakouts. Exfoliating with the insides of raw pumpkin can help ensure pores stay unclogged and prone to unwanted imperfections. Try using the MyChelle Incredible Pumpkin Peel for $28. Or if you wanna splurge a bit, try ilike's Organic Pumpkin and Orange Mask for $48.
Bath & Body. After hearing this fact, you're gonna wanna cloak yourself in pumpkin and fast. According to an article in the New York Times, the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago found that out of a wide variety of fragrances, men were most attracted to the scent of pumpkin pie for its comforting affects. So get your flirt on this fall and cuddle up to your guy after using Philosophy's Pumpkin Pie Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath for $17. You can thank us later.
Hand Cream. The pulp and seeds when carving a pumpkin gross out so many people, but after you hear this, you'll think again. Pumpkin is also rich in Vitamin C. The first accidental giveaway that reveals our age is our hands (just as SJP). Hands will always do well to have a dose of this good stuff. Vitamin C helps to trigger the production of collagen within skin, the cure for reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Try the ever-popular Desert Essence Pumpkin Spice Hand Repair Cream for $9.
Fragrance. Who can deny the deliciously divine scent of pumpkin? It's practically the definition of fall, cozy sweaters, and warm fireplaces. Instead of the inhaling your pumpkin spice latte, try a sweet-smelling, warm fragrance that will stay with you all day. Pick up the Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Fragrance Mist for $14.
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