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Pumpkin Perfect

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Pumpkins aren’t just for carving! The acidic enzymes in their pulp acts as a natural exfoliant that brightens, smoothes, and gives skin a wicked (non-orangey) glow. Now’s the time of year that I reach for pumpkin-based products—my skin is sun-damaged from summer and dull from the sudden drop in temperature. That, and there’s something about the comforting, spicy pumpkin pie scent that gets me in the Halloween and Thanksgiving spirit. These pumpkin-infused products work like magic and smell good enough to eat with a spoon:


Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Peel & Reveal Dermal Resurfacer ($58) – One of my favorite peels ever, this is a powerful one. Love the new polishing crystals for that fun, scrubby effect. 

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Universal Mask ($55) – Green not orange and more grassy than pumpkin-y, this therapeutic mask soothes and replenishes sensitive, irritated and inflamed skin. Perfect following a peel or micro-dermabrasion.

ARCONA Pumpkin Lotion 10% ($35) – More of refining lotion than rich moisturizer, this all-natural treatment gets rid of those little bumps on legs and backs of arms and gives you the silkiest skin.

Nest Pumpkin Chai Candle ($32) – Come to mama. I am obsessed with Nest candles because they actually fill the room with fragrance, just like a scented candle is supposed to.

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Body Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($85) – If you’ve used Exfolikate for face, then you know: this luxurious papaya and pumpkin enzyme scrub is going to miraculously buff away dead skin cells in a matter of seconds. 

Philosophy Harvest Spice Shampoo, Shower Gel, and Bubble Bath ($16) – The honest-to-goodness pumpkin orange scent in this multitasker is so addictive, you WILL want to use it from head to toe. I look forward to it every fall!

Nesti Dante Horto Botanico Pumpkin Soap ($9) – The Italians know how to wrap up a soap in pretty paper. I plan to stock up on these for hostess gifts!

Read more of Elizabeth’s musings at Beauty Bets.


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