With the annual release of Starbucks’ famous PSL, pumpkin spice is everywhere. It’s in the air, on our taste buds, and… on our face? That’s right, pumpkin is just as good for your skin as it is in a pie. This new ingredient comes to your skincare routine just in time, since autumn’s blustery winds and chilly air tend to wreak havoc on our complexions.
The skincare benefits of pumpkin can be attributed to the variety of nutrients packed into the orange gourd. First and foremost are fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) which increase cell turnover. This brightens and smooths the skin and reduces the appearance of dark spots and scars.
Pumpkin contains three different vitamins: Vitamin A, C, and E. Vitamin A and Vitamin C help soften and smooth the skin and boost collagen production to reduce wrinkles and prevent the signs of aging. Vitamin E combines with the essential fatty acids found in pumpkin to strengthen the skin’s barrier. They also help regulate oil production to prevent against acne.
What’s the best way to reap these benefits? Slather some pumpkin on your face, of course! The DIY face mask recipe below combines pumpkin with hydrating honey and aromatic cinnamon for a soothing mask that’s good enough to eat.
Pumpkin Pie Face Mask
- 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
- 2 tsp honey
- Dash of ground cinnamon
- Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Spread the mixture evenly over your face and neck.
- Let dry for 10-15 minutes, then wash away.