Today a friend told me that it’s 54 degrees in Michigan. That’s it! That’s the temperature that kicks off the beginning of our always-beloved pumpkin season. Last week we talked about sweater weather (cue the SNL Gif - "sweata weatha!"), which is synonymous with switching ice coffee for hot coffee, cupping it in your hands, and blowing on it while shivering a bit in your late-summer, early-fall light jacket. Football games on the stands. Outdoor snuggles as your breath starts to form in puffs. Sweet earthy oblong gourds. And….pumpkins.
But a change in season isn’t only about frappés and puff jackets. It’s also about a change in your skincare routine. It’s about making sure you switch the way you treat your skin, when the hot sun becomes cold wind, and the pool breeze becomes laying-in-the-leaves selfies.
Introducing the quintessential “it’s autumn,” all-natural ingredient for your new routine. Did you know that the obtuse orange fruit is not just for baking delicious pies? Did you know it’s also akin to a treat for your skin? This is the perfect time to invigorate your skin and show off a healthy fall glow, and our specialty pumpkin skincare is here for you.
Pumpkin Benefits for Skin
Pumpkins are fleshy, robust, and loaded with nutrients and vitamins that penetrate the skin, performing tasks from lush hydration to repairing damage from the inside out. Some of the beneficial enzymes and vitamins in pumpkin include:
- Alpha hydroxy acids
- Vitamin E
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Pumpkins also include vitamins that get their own mention: A, B, and C!
Pumpkin is beneficial for aging gracefully – AKA Vitamin A! Foods rich inbeta-carotene keep your skin soft and smooth, enriching body tissues and the production of sebum (oil) that lubricates your skin. Vitamin A can also attack the free radicals that break down your skin’s elastin and collagen – the vital components of youthful, firm and resilient skin – and protect the skin from sun damage – even in the cold. If you’re deficient in this vitamin, you’ll end up wondering why you sometimes feel like a lizard 🐊 in the desert - dry, scaly skin. Our blog about Immune Boosting Foods and Vitamins featured this timeless wonder.
The B2 vitamin in the oil is beneficial to dry skin, and acne, a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, eczema, and psoriasis. B2 delivers an improved skin tone, and radiance of the skin. It’s an important vitamin especially for those prone to acne, as it helps to revitalize the skin by promoting healthy cell turnover.
The Vitamin C in pumpkin helps the production of collagen, which retains skin elasticity while also plumping and building firmness of the skin. Suitable for most skin types, the unsaturated fatty acids in pumpkin contain antioxidants that battle skin inflammation and promote new skin-cell growth, causing your skin to be soft and smooth to the touch. We talk here about Vitamin C being the “best-kept skincare secret,” and all of our wonderful products that are derived from Vitamin C, like our Perfectionist Overnight Serum!
Pumpkins, not surprisingly, also contain a little known skincare nutrient called pumpkin seed oil, which is an especially enriching and exciting addition to your growing list of ingredients that bring out the best in your skin!
All these benefits, and it improves your skin and adds scrumptious skincare products to your fall routine? Yes! Read further…
What Are the Facial Skin Benefits From Pumpkin Seed Oil?
One study showed a significant difference in the amount and severity of pimples, pustules, and blackheads among participants who used pumpkin seed oil on their skin over the course of 1 to 3 months. And as mentioned above, it’s fantastic for keeping facial skin hydrated, elastic, plump and feeling young and fresh, containing properties well-known for combatting the effects of aging!
What IS a Pumpkin Mask, and Why is Averr Aglow’s Mask So Special?
It’s possible to make your own pumpkin mask, but why spend the time when, not only have we already made it for you, but we’ve used fresh pumpkins sourced from farms, added the pumpkin puree, and enhanced with other natural ingredients like mushroom root, illite (clay), prickly pear, and false lily - watch Camille talk about it here! Our Pumpkin Refresh Enzyme Mask is rich in antioxidants and vitamins C & E, which as mentioned above, keep acne away and promote fresh soft plump skin! With our recommended use of 2-3 times a week, our Pumpkin Refresh Enzyme Mask lovingly envelops the following:
- Luxurious ingredients that combine natural, vegan ingredients
- Reduces surface impurities, and any signs of acne scarring
- Reduces aging, and sun damage to the skin
- An autumnal scent that makes you feel pampered, and ready to snuggle your way through the season
What Other Seasonal Pumpkin Product Can I Add To My Fall Skincare Routine?
Our Pumpkin Body Butter is the perfect way to spend your evening after a long day. Created to moisturize and firm the skin, it helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks all over your body. Formulated with the following all-natural ingredients, it’s a creamy, luxurious treat that your skin will drink in.
- Pumpkin Fruit Extract: Promotes growth of skin cells, hydrates dry skin, and reduces the appearance of redness and irritation. It also combats the aging of skin.
- Pumpkin Seed Oil: Rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, this oil facilitates exfoliation by encouraging cell regeneration.
- Rose Hip Fruit Oil: High in essential fatty acids, which are key components of epidermal skin cells.
- Arctic Microalgae Extract: Sourced from pure glacial waters in Iceland (wow! 💧), this extract helps to increase skin elasticity, reduce the appearance of stretch marks, and firm the skin.
- Illite Clay: These minerals contain high levels of essential minerals to help refresh, tone and rejuvenate the skin!
- The combination is the sumptuous, creamy, buttery cream you see below!
So gather your friends and make it an autumnal party with gossip and a sip of champagne, or go solo as you pamper yourself with a full-on fall spa day, using our Pumpkin Body Butter and then finishing with our Pumpkin Refresh Mask - you’ll feel like you’ve never worked a day in your life!