Pumpkin: It's Not Just for Eating Anymore

It's officially Fall!

You have probably already seen some of the tell-tale signs of Fall when you're out and about, and I'm not talking about Halloween decor (or worse, Christmas decor already).  I'm talking about pumpkin.  Pumpkin EVERYTHING.

Don't worry - we won't begrudge you your love of Pumpkin Spice Lattes because, honestly, I love them, too.  (But try a Pumpkin Chai next time - it's delicious.)

Pumpkin is tasty, but did you know that it's amazing for your skin as well?  Since the theme of the season is pumpkin, there isn't a better time to try out a new skin care ingredient.

All skin types can benefit from pumpkin, especially skin that's suffered from environmental damages like sun damage.  Because pumpkin has a wealth of Vitamins A and C - powerful anti-aging and antioxidant vitamins - it can help fight back against the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles caused by environmental stresses.

Pumpkin also naturally contains enzymes that help dissolve dead skin cells, so if you have dry and flaky skin, a cleanser or mild exfoliator with pumpkin enzymes is going to be right up your alley.

For those of you with acne-prone skin, pumpkin is a great source of torulitine which is a combination of Vitamins E and T.  Torulitine naturally fights acne-causing bacteria while minimizing inflammations and redness and regulating oil production.

And if you decide to carve a pumpkin this year for Halloween, don't toss out the mush you dig out!  My best friend and I put all our pumpkin innards in a big bucket (or in the bathtub if it's cold outside) every year and stomp around in them barefoot like we're trying to smash grapes.  The alpha-hydroxy acids in pumpkin help dissolve that dead skin on your feet, too, and you will have soft, smooth feet at the end of your very messy adventure.

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