Trends: Fall Skincare (and a yummy pumpkin surprise!)

Autumn is chock full of vibrant foliage, cozy sweaters, apple cider, and pumpkins. Beyond its delicious taste, (we can’t get enough chocolate chip pumpkin pudding bread – see recipe below), pumpkin is a superfood packed with nutrients and linked to many health benefits.

 

For that reason, and a million more, pumpkin has become one of our go-to ingredients for skin care.

Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover to revitalize and smooth the skin. The orange squash also contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging. As an added bonus, pumpkin contains beta-carotene which helps to reverse UV damage and improve skin texture.

Have a look at some of the products we already have in our cabinet, as well as some we’d love to try!

Peter Thomas Roth: Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

This powerful, triple-action manual, chemical and enzymatic exfoliating treatment addresses a dull, aging, and congested complexion in three ways: exfoliates with Pumpkin Enzyme, reveals with Alpha Hydroxy Acid and polishes with Aluminum Oxide Crystals. Helps even the appearance of skin tone, smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles and clarify to reveal skin that looks smoother, younger, radiant and revitalized.

$42.00 50 ML / Peter Thomas Roth

Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm

With creamy pumpkin spice and a touch of rosemary you can now indulge in your favorite cold weather flavor in lip balm form. Hurry! Available for a limited time only.

$3.30 / Burt’s Bees
Pumpkin Spice & Vanilla Chai Herbal Body Butter is an intense daily moisturizer that quickly helps hydrate, soothe and protect the roughest, driest skin.
$17.99 / Amazon.com
Pumpkin 24K Gold Mask is a sheet mask is a luxurious bio-cellulose sheet drenched in pumpkin extracts and 24K gold for radiant, smoothed, and well-nourished skin.
$8.00 / Sephora

Ideal for all skintypes except extremely sensitive.

Pumpkin is literally one of the happiest things you can put on your face – it’s loaded with Enzymes, Antioxidants, Zinc, Iron and Vitamins C and K which all help with skin cell turnover.  Combo that with Organic Sugar Cane, Organic Sugar Maple, Organic Orange, Organic Lemon and a hit of Glycolic Acid (5%) to get additional chemical exfoliants that compliment the Alpha Hydroxy Acids in the Pumpkin.  Alpha hydroxy acids have been shown to promote smoother, younger-looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal.

$35.00 / Erin’s Faces

🎃Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pudding Bread 🎃

This sweet and spicy bread can be enjoyed for breakfast, snack, or straight out of the oven!

Ingredients

 

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup fat-free vanilla pudding
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Cooking spray

 

How to make it:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, stirring just until moist. Stir in chocolate chips.

Step 3

Spoon batter into 2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans on a wire rack, and remove from pans. Cool completely on wire rack.

 

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