It’s the best season of the year! Falling for autumn hard over here. There are crunchy leaves underfoot, horror movies galore and pumpkins on every corner, practically. Gotta love a pumpkin, whether that be on a doorstep, in a soup or in a serum. Yup, not only does it look simultaneously all spooky and adorable but pumpkin as an ingredient in skincare can be pretty potent. It’s packed into some of my favourite skin heroes, and it’s too good not to share…
Why Pumpkins In Beauty?
Pumpkins are super rich in vitamins, which makes them active and powerful when it comes to skincare. There’s vitamin A, C and AHAs just to name a few benefits, so adding it into your skincare routine is a no-brainer. Vitamin A is fabulous for having super-smooth skin, vitamin C protects the skin against free-radicals and pollution, AHA help to exfoliate the skin and get read of dead skin cells annnnnnd vitamin E helps to soothe the skin.
Frances Prescott Tri-Balm
Kicking things off with a turbo-charged cleanser that acts as a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturiser. All packaged neatly in handy stick form, making quick work of a morning cleanse. Even if the formula wasn’t so outstanding, the stick format really deserves a round of applause because it’s such a time-saver in the morning. The formula though is equally excellent. Packed full of pumpkin enzymes that gently brighten the skin, it also has hyaluronic acid and plant oils that soothe and really gently cleanse the skin. It’s great for swiping off makeup or used in the morning; one to pack for holidays as there’s no mess. I would like to see more cleansers that look like deodorant, please.
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
I’ve spoken about my love for this mask for years and years and years! It’s definitely a bit of a blogger throw-back. Well worth the hype though, because this is a seriously good mask to have in your arsenal whilst on the quest for glowing skin. Tingly, yes. You know it’s working. That’d be the AHAs hard at work getting rid of dead skin cells on the surface. The dead skin cells are what cause the skin to look a little dull and lacklustre, so getting rid of them is good. Probably best avoided if you have sensitive skin, because it leaves the face looking a bit flushed post-application. The glow it gives is worth the tingle, in my opinion, because skin just looks far smoother, makeup applies easier and the overall complexion is left more radiant. Oh and it smells like pumpkin pie, so what’s not to love?
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
Throwing it back with another blogger favourite but this is another absolute gem. One of the best-smelling cleansers around (like turkish delight), it’s a beautiful pick to be used morning or night. Texture wise, it’s called a gel and yet it feels beautifully sumptuous and rich on the skin; it really melts upon contact with the warmth of skin and is easily rinsed away with a warm flannel. The pumpkin is it is similar in terms of how it also helps to gobble up skin cells, revealing a brighter and bouncier complexion. Unlike the mask, this cleanser is super gentle and nourishing on the skin, so this could be used on any skin type. This size is a miniature and perfect for overnight or weekend breaks.