Tis the season of the pumpkin spice latte in all its glory. The order rings in the air at every coffee shop and social media feeds are cluttered with songs (and photos) of its praises. While that yummy PSL may not be doing any favors for your skin, autumn brings with it a range of fall-inspired skin care products that will leave your skin glowing. And, yes, pumpkin is one of the biggest stars of the show; it’s the hero ingredient in many of these products, proving its purpose extends way beyond that latte (or slice of pumpkin pie).
1. LovelySkin Pumpkin Clarifying Mask
When applied topically, pumpkin is a powerhouse ingredient that exfoliates, clarifies, and detoxifies. LovelySkin’s Pumpkin Clarifying Mask harnesses all those benefits, taking advantage of the natural enzymes in the pumpkin that dissolves dirt, oil, and dead skin cells to promote the natural skin healing process. The purifying mask also absorbs excess oil and creates a smoother, more refined texture. Pumpkin extract is also gentler than many other exfoliants.
2. Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
Thick and luscious, just like your favorite pumpkin pie, the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is a product you’ll definitely want to slather all over your complexion. Plus, it’s a triple threat. The powerful exfoliating treatment addresses a dull, aging, and congested complexion in three ways. First, it exfoliates with pumpkin enzyme, then it reveals with alpha hydroxy acid, and finally it polishes with aluminum oxide crystals. All in all, it helps even skin tone and smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
3. Meow Meow Tweet Face Mask
Another face mask to add to your fall skin care regimen is the one from Meow Meow Tweet. The all-natural, nutrient-rich antioxidant mask is suitable for all skin types and is formulated with organic pumpkin and fruit enzymes to aid in cell turnover and regulate oil production to brighten, even out, and tone complexion. Additionally, chickpea flour shrinks pores and draws out impurities while also treating old scars and dark spots. There’s also a bit of clay, which detoxifies and cleanses pores, promoting healthy blood and lymph circulation — meaning you get clearer, fresher looking skin in the end.
4. Arcona Pumpkin Body Lotion 10%
Smear a little bit of pumpkin across your body, and your skin will thank you. The Arcona Pumpkin Body Lotion 10% is a natural body lotion infused with pumpkin extracts and glycolic acid to help improve tonal quality and elasticity in the skin.
5. Eminence Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel
Yet even more pumpkin goodness comes with Eminence Organic Skin Care’s Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel. The delicious purée of pumpkin with beta carotene-rich yam and purifying pineapple leaves skin looking firm and radiant by removing dead skin cells and reducing the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines, and sun damage.
6. Fig + Yarrow Autumn Herbal Steam
For an at-home, mini facial that’s inspired by the season, look no further than Fig + Yarrow’s Autumn Herbal Steam. It’s a mélange of herbs and aromas (think orange peel, star anise, cardamom, and juniper berry) for skin nourishment and purification as well as mental calm and clarity — just what you need as the hectic holidays approach. And, it couldn’t be easier to use. Just add a small handful of the herbs to a bowl and cover with boiling water. Then, place a towel over your head to create a steam tent and breathe deeply for five to 15 minutes.
7. Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm
Burt’s Bees has a treat for you in its seasonal Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm. It’s everything you love about natural beeswax balm, but taken to the next level with a pumpkin-y, cinnamon-vanilla flavor profile. It’s probably one of the best (and tastiest) ways to prevent dry, chapped lips. But, just like those pumpkin spice lattes, Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm is a limited edition, seasonal fix, so stock up now.