This October, forget pumpkin pie

Every time I see a jack-o’-lantern, I have the sudden urge to rub its innards all over my face — for good reason.  It’s officially fall, Halloween is around the corner and pumpkins are everywhere.  Starbucks is now featuring seasonal pumpkin spice lattes, Edy’s is selling a pumpkin ice cream, and Dairy Queen just launched a pumpkin pie Blizzard.  As tasty as these treats may be — I’ve already tried them all, mind you — indulging won’t do anything for your looks.  So if you want to fit into your Halloween costume, take advantage of pumpkin’s beauty benefits.

Have you ever wondered why a pumpkin is orange?  Me neither.  But it just so happens that pumpkins get their orange color from carotenoids, which neutralize free radicals and thereby prevent wrinkles.  Pumpkins are packed with antioxidants and skin-nourishing vitamins A, C and E.  But, wait, there’s more.  Pumpkin pulp also contains powerful enzymes that naturally exfoliate the skin, much like papaya.  But in my opinion, the scent of pumpkin is far more pleasant than papaya, which smells somewhat pungent.  So the next time you reach for a slice of pumpkin pie, try reaching for a pumpkin face mask instead. 

If you’re still craving something to get you in a festive mood, there are a bunch of Halloween-inspired beauty products on the market.  One of my favorites is the Philosophy’s Haunted House kit, an adorable package I recently purchased.  Trick or treat!

~ by Stephanie Dunn on October 13, 2008.

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