When pumpkin spice latte season rolls around, I roll my eyes. I really don’t think that most people today could’ve made it through the Great Depression. We seem to lose our collective minds when the Seattle-based coffee company announces to the world that your favorite lattes are back in season. Pumpkin spice latte is so popular that most of the large coffee brands sell some version of it. The coffee creamer brands jump on the bandwagon. There are pumpkin spice doughnuts and scones and other sweet foolishness. There is even a “pumpkin spice” spice at the supermarket. When you add pumpkin carving to this madness, it feels like my pumpkin head will explode.
There is only one pumpkin that will get my attention — pumpkin pie. With all of this pumpkin talk, I wondered if this plump, orange, weird member of the squash family could serve another purpose. Ladies, clutch your pearls. Pumpkin is also good for your skin. Licensed esthetician and owner of the San Diego MedSpa & Wellness, Stephanie Schendel says that there is so much more to the pumpkin. “Pumpkin peels provide exfoliation and penetrates clogged pores, cleaning them out, helping with oil production and brightening the skin,” Schendal says. Pumpkin is high in Vitamin A, Zinc & Beta Carotene which promotes healing, stimulates circulation, balances oil, helps control hormone levels and encourages collagen production. “Pumpkin is an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) which increases cell turnover by resurfacing the skin; reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and even scars leaving you with a more hydrated and even skin tone and texture. Done on a regular basis you can treat many skin conditions like, acne, acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles and pigmentation,” she adds.
Not able to make it into the spa to get a professional strength pumpkin peel? There are some great options for at-home pumpkin treatments. Here are a few:
Rhonda Allison, available at Art of Skin Care
Farmhouse Fresh, available at Art of Skin Care
Peter Thomas Roth, available at Sephora