Discover the power of pumpkin this Halloween
Halloween is a massive deal these days – and it isn’t just for kids anymore. If you’re a fan of YouTube beauty tutorials, you’ll be familiar with some of the crazy (and downright impressive) makeup creations doing the rounds this time of year.
But Halloween can be a bit of a scare fest for your skin. Add to the umpteem layers of makeup a few too many ‘Halloween punch’ cocktails and bobbing for apples in some suspiciously cloudy water – and you’ve got a perfect storm for breakouts, dryness, irritation and a tired-looking complexion.
So, why not treat your skin to a bit of pumpkin magic this Halloween, with a DermaQuest Pumpkin Resurfacer? Designed to exfoliate and rejuvenate with the power of active ingredients including pumpkin pulp, beta & alpha hydroxy acids and lactic acid, this amazing treatment will leave your skin feeling squeaky clean and refreshed – exorcising the horrors of that Halloween party for good.
How does the DermaQuest Pumpkin Resurfacer work?
The combination of natural pumpkin pulp (known for its exfoliant properties) and three active acids instantly smoothes the surface of the skin, creating a more radiant appearance.
Salicylic acid clears the pores of congestion, whilst lactic and glycolic acids penetrate deeper for hydration, as well as stimulating collagen production.
Book a course of treatments and you’ll notice you skin will become gradually firmer, more hydrated and decongested, reducing spot breakouts in the process.
- Improves skin tone and texture
- Vigorously increases cell turnover
- Softens fine lines and wrinkles
- Can be used to treat acne
- Minimises enlarged pores
- Stimulates collagen and elastin production for firmer skin
Feed your skin
Pumpkin is in season, so now is a great time to reap the nutritional benefits, too. Try these simple recipes to pack as much pumpkin goodness into your diet as possible this autumn.
Toasted pumpkin seeds
If you’re into your nutritional skincare, you’ll know that seeds and nuts provide many natural minerals, nutrients and oils which are essential to skin health. Pumpkin seeds in particular are a great source of healthy fats, plus other important minerals including magnesium, zinc, iron, vitamin K, phosphorus, manganese and protein. Just follow this simple method for a super tasty, skin-nourishing snack:
- Scoop the seeds from the inside of the pumpkin with a large spoon
- Pull away and rinse off any stringy pumpkin flesh
- Spread evenly over a baking tray
- Add a generous drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper to season
- Bake at 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4 for about 10-15 minutes, or until the seeds are lightly golden brown in colour
- Allow to cool and enjoy!
Homemade pumpkin soup
The sweet colourful flesh of the pumpkin also packs a good nutritional punch and is a source of vitamin C, fibre and potassium – which is essential for good circulation. Try this pumpkin soup recipe for a warming, nourishing meal, or simply roast some pumpkin and add to your sunday dinner for a seasonal variation on roast potatoes.
• 1.5kg edible pumpkin
• Olive oil
• 1 teaspoon dried chilli
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, chopped
• 1 carrot, finely sliced
• 1 stick of celery, chopped
• 1 litre hot vegetable stock
Preheat the oven to 170°C/340°F. Half the pumpkin and remove the seeds and cut the pumpkin into chunks. Drizzle the pumpkin with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper before roasting for one hour. Put the chopped garlic, carrot, celery, onion and dried chilli in a large saucepan and cook for about 15 minutes, or until they have softened (but not browned). Once the pumpkin is ready, add it to the pan with the 1 litre of hot vegetable stock. Blend with a stick blender until you’ve achieved the consistency you want. Garnish with a few toasted pumpkin seeds (see above!).