From pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin pie-flavored protein shakes, there’s clearly no shortage of things a pumpkin can turn into. And that is true even for skin, hair and body care products. The beauty of this is that, unlike the orange-hued lattes and protein shakes, pumpkin in beauty products is more than just a seasonal trend. Our favorite fall fruit really does have legit skin and health care benefits unknown to many. In fact, experts believe that a pumpkin contains more than 100 beneficial nutrients that can help reverse signs of aging.
“Alpha hydroxy acids have been shown to promote smoother, younger-looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal. Pumpkin is a rich source of antioxidants and enzymes that act like alpha hydroxy acids,” explains Santa Monica-based esthetician, certified health coach and spa owner Diana Ralys. “These enzymes help increase the skin cells’ natural turnover. They digest aged, dehydrated and useless skin cells to reveal healthier and younger-looking skin.”
Pumpkin also contains potent antioxidants vitamins A and C. New Jersey-based esthetician Silvana Kuchar elaborates: “Vitamin A stimulates collagen production and cell regeneration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant, which can help remedy damage created by free radicals.”
Even the pumpkin seeds tout many benefits. Because of its high vitamin and mineral content, pumpkin seed oil remains a favorite ingredient in many anti-aging products. “Omega 3, 6, vitamin E and zinc are known for their anti-aging effects. But what makes pumpkin seed oil so special is that when these nutrients are combined in one, the benefits of each are heightened,” explains New York-based holistic wellness and lifestyle expert Victorine Deych. “Pumpkin seed oil is a super healer in that it expedites cell regeneration, which can help fight acne and improve the appearance of scars.”
Ready to enjoy the healthy goodness of pumpkins? Here are just some of our favorite pumpkin-infused skin, hair and body care products.