Refresh your face with this enzyme-packed seasonal veg!
Bursting with beauty benefits, pumpkin is a great addition to your skincare routine. Commonly associated with Halloween, the veg is often recommended by dermatologists to women wanting a skin refresh. ‘Pumpkin is an extremely nutrient-dense food,’ says Dr. Isabel Sharkar of Sönd skincare, who regards the winter squash as a wonder food for the complexion. ‘Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover to brighten and smooth.’ Containing vitamins A and C, pumpkin can also help boost collagen production. ‘Pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamin E, too, which can help acne and improve skin tone and renewal,’ says Dr Sharkar.
Four of the best skin-transforming treats.
Skin & Tonic London Naked Beauty Oil
(£25, skinandtoniclondon.com) contains pumpkin seed oil and can be added to your moisturiser to refine, hydrate and heal sensitive skin.
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
(£29.50, oskiaskincare.com) harnesses the power of pumpkin enzymes to dissolve dead cells and reveal a brighter complexion.
Ilcsi Pumpkin & Orange Gel Mask
(£44, ilcsi-natural-cosmetics.co.uk) works to regenerate and give a lift to dehydrated skin.
Kypris Moonlight Catalyst
(£74, cultbeauty.com) is another one packed with enzymes to accelerate cell turnover while you snooze, to smooth your complexion.