Before you cover your hair in pumpkin-spice hues, consider this: is this really a color you'll want after the last of the candy corn has been eaten? Look, we understand the predilection towards all things pumpkin this time of year. (When else would we willingly sub pumpkin for cheddar in our Sunday-morning omelets?)
But, there is a smarter way to add Cinderella's favorite fruit to your beauty routine. These products have benefits—think baby-soft skin and a radiant complexion—that you'll want to harness all year. Here are eight editor-approved products to try right now, then use till Halloween and beyond.
1. Shea Terra Organics' Shea Butter & Malawi Sugar 2-n-1 Body Scrub
It's crunch time for costume planning: save some time (in the shower, at least) with this two-in-one scrub ($14.) Made with organic shea butter, sugar, and aloe vera juice, the almost all-natural product has a built-in moisturizer that will condition your skin for hours. The product has a bit of a gumny texture when you scoop it up with your fingers, but it feels thick. creamy, and luxurious when you smooth it over your skin. Plus, its scent is more spicy than sweet.
2. Bath & Body Works' Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Body Scrub
Nope, you're not too old to have a marshmallow-scented product in your shower. Promise. Though this body scrub ($8.25) has a scarily sweet sounding name, it just leaves the faintest whiff of sugary vanilla when it's rinsed off. More noticeable is the way it sloughs off dry skin, leaving the rest silky as pumpkin mousse.
3. June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Mask
Here's the deal with pumpkin enzymes: they contain an ingredient called protease, which helps dissolve dry skin and get rid of dead skin cells. June Jacobs mask ($65) can do both, while reducing inflammation. The upshot: your complexion will be smoother, softer, and brighter. This is pretty strong stuff, so you should only use the mask once or twice a week. And, be sure to follow it up with sunscreen.
4. Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
This is another super active product ($58) that you'll only want to use a couple times a week, max. But you'll get a big bang for the three-or-so minutes you let it sit on your face. It's made with alpha hydroxy acid, which strips away dead surface cells; it also has aluminum oxide crystals that give your face a good exfoliation. Basically, dull skin doesn't stand a chance.
5. Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask
When you dip your fingers into this gooey potion ($14.99), it feels (and smells) like a little smidge of pumpkin pie. A bit gentler than the other masks, this one can be used up to three times a week, and left on for ten minutes at a time. Its glycolic acid helps exfoliate dead cells, but it's also packed with soothing honey. And good news if you're battling ghoulish under-eye circles: This one is particularly good for brightening dark spots.
6. Tony Moly I'm Real Anti-Aging Sheet Mask
Bargain hunters rejoice: this amazingly affordable mask ($3.75) really delivers. Just tear it open, smooth it on your face, and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes while you watch a horror flick. That'll give the mask's natural pumpkin extracts time to sink into your skin, giving it a dewy glow. Though we rubbed the rest of the product into our skin after taking off the mask (hey, why waste?), some may find its texture a little thick. If you fall into the latter camp, just wash your face right afterwards.
7. neuLASH Lash Enhancing Serum
You'll need a good 30 days to see the full results of this pumpkin-laced product ($150.) But, if you using it start now, you may be batting fuller lashes in time for Turkey Day. The serum is super easy to use: just swipe it along your upper eyelashes each night, and let the moisturizers, amino acids, and peptides do their thing. Your lashes will get softer, stronger, and more flexible. Plus, the pumpkinseed extracts add a nourishing boost that will give your lashes a fuller look.
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