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By: Maggie Young

Need a little hand on the summer-fall skincare front? Lively has you covered with a revitalizing mask featuring none other than pumpkin – a true fall staple! Yes, pumpkin doubles as a powerful ingredient in spiced lattes and facial masks. Pumpkin is truly a powerhouse when it comes to achieving your go-with-the-glow skincare goals. Look no further than pumpkin face masks, which are the perfect way to revamp your skincare routine with a little fall twist.

The Health Benefits of Pumpkin 

Pumpkin is packed with nutrients that are not only healthy to consume but may also be applied topically. “Pumpkins contain vitamin A, C, E and antioxidants, which help fight sun damage and aging skin,” Claire O’Connor, medical aesthetician and laser specialist at SpaDerma, tells Lively. In addition, pumpkin contains fruit enzymes and can naturally exfoliate dead skin cells**. This explains that post-pumpkin mask glow that you’ll get after each use!

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How to Add Pumpkin to Your Skincare Routine

There truly isn’t a bad time to refresh with a pumpkin face mask. O’Connor says this fall-first mask is best paired with a glass of wine in the evening for the ultimate R&R experience. To maximize benefits, wash your face and apply a toner before applying the pumpkin mask. O’Connor noted that PCA Skin offers a pumpkin wine-based nutrient toner that complements the mask. After you’ve let the mask do its work, wash it off with a warm cloth and apply your moisturizer of choice.

O’Connor adds that 2-3x per week for no more than 10 minutes at a time is an ideal routine. A little bit can go a long way! 

Your Pumpkin Face Mask Options

“The Therapeutic Pumpkin Mask from PCA helps thick, resistant skin with sun damage, acne, and hyperkeratosis (thickening of the outer layer of skin),” shares O’Connor. “It combines exfoliating pumpkin enzymes, salicylic and antioxidants, which makes you super glow-y and fresh.” This is an office treatment only, which is highly recommended if you are able to make that happen. If you need something for the in-between time, O’Connor offers an at-home option: DIY pumpkin mask from Happy Mothering.

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DIY Pumpkin Mask

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 C pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 C gluten free oatmeal (ground up)
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 2 t raw honey

Directions:

  1. Combine pumpkin and ground oatmeal and stir well.
  2. Add ground cinnamon and mix.
  3. Add honey and stir until a paste forms.
  4. Add a little water if the mask is too thick.

This pumpkin recipe makes enough for about two masks and the unused portion can be stored in an airtight container and put in the fridge for up to five days. Happy masking!

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.