Smashing Pumpkins

November 22, 2012

With the feasts of the fall holiday season upon us, don’t worry if a little pumpkin pie dribbles down your chin. This tasty orange gourd-like squash is actually loaded with skin enhancing vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutrients. It’s as beneficial for your outer beauty as it is your inner health. In fact, several of our natural skin care lines feature pumpkin and its precious seed oil as a key ingredient in their masks, moisturizers, peels and balms.

What’s so smashing about pumpkin for the skin, you ask? Well, it’s chock full of vitamin A for starters, which strengthens the skin’s retinoic acid receptors and speeds up cellular turnover. It’s also rich in vitamin C, the anti-oxidant powerhouse that helps remedy free-radical and environmental damage and fight the signs of ageing. Pumpkin seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin E and minerals like zinc, magnesium, and potassium, which help regulate sebum production, fight inflammation and brighten the complexion. It’s no wonder that savvy natural and organic skin care brands have included the mighty pumpkin in their product formulas.

The Pumpkin & Orange Mask by ilike is one such product that is primarily based on pumpkin power. Blended with antibacterial honey and organic orange oil, the raw nutrients and enzymes of pure pumpkin penetrate your face, neck and décolletage skin to help shed dead cells and give it a rejuvenating glow. Mature skin, in particular, will find an increased elasticity with weekly use of this mask. Made in small batches with handpicked ingredients from Hungary’s mineral-rich Carpathian Basin, this premium European brand respects the inherent potency of nature’s produce.

Another brand that’s all about the power of pure, raw, whole foods is The Body Deli, and they serve up a few pumpkin-based delicacies. Their wrinkle wrangling Nutra-Peptide Serum contains the nourishing goodness of both pumpkin and pumpkin seed oil, along with other ingredients like pomegranate, green tea and wasabi extract that bolster cellular turnover and firm fine lines. You’ll also find pumpkin in their oil balancing, blemish healing Light Facial Emulsion and sun-protecting Solar Day Cream. Don’t forget, you need sun protection even in these cold winter months.

Enriching pumpkin enzymes are also deployed in Suki’s Renewal Bio-Resurfacing Facial Peel. This multi-tasking wonder-gel manages to exfoliate, clarify pores, even skin tone and boost collagen production all in one sweet smelling bottle. With an impressive ingredient list that also includes various fruits, berries, peels, flowers and herbs, dull skin is transformed into a radiant complexion.

So go on, dig into that jack-o-lantern with your bare hands and slather a little Thanksgiving pie on your cheeks if you want. However, for the sake of the mess and table manners, you might want to try our pumpkin-infused products instead.