Regardless of how you personally feel about pumpkin spice lattes (pass) or pumpkin pie (a divine seasonal treasure), there's no denying that come fall, nothing dominates the season quite like pumpkins. Another way to get your autumnal fix? Through your skin-care routine — yes, seriously. "Pumpkin is rich in alpha hydroxy acids, which help exfoliate and renew the skin," Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, tells Allure. "It also contains high levels of antioxidants like lycopene, which protect the skin from free radical damage."
Whether in the form of a mask, serum, peel, or cleanser, the orange gourd does much more than get you into the holiday spirit. "Pumpkin as a skin-care ingredient can help nourish your skin and promote the absorption of nutrients," says Shereene Idriss, a dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City. "Additionally, as an ingredient, pumpkin contains acne-fighting vitamin E which helps fight inflammation, reduce pore size, and control excess oil, while its exfoliating properties prevent the appearance of pimples, blackheads, and other blemishes."
Here, we've rounded up 11 of the best pumpkin-infused skin-care products, including the Summer Fridays Overtime Mask, Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, and Burt's Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm, to try out this year. Call them anything but basic.
Summer Fridays Overtime Mask
Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores's beauty brand may be named after a beloved summer work week tradition, but the founders took cues from fall for their latest product, the Summer Fridays Overtime Mask. Not only does the exfoliating mask smell like pumpkin pie batter, it leaves skin looking noticeably brighter, soothed, and renewed after just 10 minutes.
$44 (Shop Now)
Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment
Instantly hydrate and boost elasticity with this do-it-all Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment. The elixir contains pumpkin seed extract, omegas 3, 6, and 9, and the Fiji-based dilo oil to fortify the skin's lipid layer.
$65 (Shop Now)
Too Cool For School Hydra & Peeling Pads
In addition to be just plain cute, Too Cool For School's Hydra & Peeling Pads make it easy (and fun!) to pamper your skin in a matter of swipes. To gently exfoliate and nourish your skin, swipe the essence pad after cleansing in the morning; in the PM, swipe on the peeling pad, followed by the essence pad.
$18 (Shop Now)
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial
"Regardless of your skin type, pumpkins are loaded with alpha hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes, making it a powerful ingredient to naturally dissolve dry skin cells," Idriss says. "This [peel] subsequently increases cell turnover, resulting in smoother and brighter skin." No wonder Drunk Elephant's T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial took home Allure's coveted Best of Beauty award in 2017.
$80 (Shop Now)
PCA Skin Nutrient Toner
Pumpkin ferment extract and lactic acid in PCA Skin's Nutrient Toner refine pores and get rid of dead skin cells, while a potent combination of vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids help balance your complexion.
$38 (Shop Now)
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
One of the most popular pumpkin skin-care products of all time, the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is rich in pumpkin puree and enzymes (which brighten and resurface skin), while vitamins C and E fight free radicals and ward off fine lines and dullness.
$58 (Shop Now)
Tony Moly I'm Real Pumpkin Sheet Mask
"As part of our diet, pumpkins are a rich source of Vitamins C and A," Kenneth Howe, dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology in New York City, tells Allure. "Vitamin C is, of course, a super-potent antioxidant, while vitamin A helps speed up and regulate skin sloughing. The result of the latter effect is clearer, more evenly toned skin." K-beauty brand Tony Moly's I'm Real Pumpkin Sheet Mask is a no-brainer way to get results in 20 minutes flat.
$6 (Shop Now)
Osmia Organics Pumpkin Facial Soap
Not all bar soaps are created equal, but you can't go wrong with Osmia Organics' cheerful orange Pumpkin Facial Soap, which contains pumpkin and tomato enzymes to exfoliate, plus organic honey and camellia seed oil to soften and soothe your skin as you cleanse.
$24 (Shop Now)
Urban Skin Rx Purifying Pumpkin Pore Detox Mask and Scrub
Dullness? What dullness? Use this self-warming, dual-action (and vegan) Urban Skin Rx Purifying Pumpkin Pore Detox Mask and Scrub to cleanse pores, absorb oil, and brighten skin in just one step.
$17 (Shop Now)
Savor Beauty Pumpkin Seed Night Serum
Reach for Savor Beauty's Pumpkin Seed Night Serum to renew dull skin, fade hyperpigmentation, and reveal smoother, clearer skin. "Pumpkin seed oil has potent antioxidant and antimicrobial properties," Howe explains. "Numerous studies have shown that pumpkin seed oil is an effective topical wound healing agent — applying it to thermal or laser burns speeds up healing, while also warding off infection."
$64 (Shop Now)
Burt's Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm
This tiny tube is made with everything you love about the iconic, no-frills Burt's Bees Lip Balm, but with a fall twist. Between the nourishing beeswax and coconut oil base and dash of pumpkin spice, what's not to love?
$3 (Shop Now)
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