We’re fully into pumpkin season, which is especially joyous for beauty-lovers who understand the fruit’s skin care benefits. While I am game to eat everything made with the orange squash, it’s nice to take a food break and indulge in it calorie free by using it as part of my grooming routine. Because raw pumpkin contains high levels of vitamin A and natural enzymes, it can induce cell turnover when applied to the skin. The harvest fruit is also an antiaging rock star, as it is rich in essential fatty acids to regulate proper skin sebum production, diminish fine lines, and maintain the epidermis’s natural pH. Basically, if you want bright, healthy skin that also smells delicious, pumpkin will get you there.
So when I learned that The Spa at SoHo Trump in NYC added a luxurious Pumpkin Body Polish Treatment ($195 for 60 minutes) to its menu, I was all in to test it. The treatment begins with a masseuse applying a pumpkin peeling enzyme mask all over your body. The mask contains 15 percent pumpkin extract, vitamin A, and hyaluronic acid, which all work together to detoxify and smooth out the skin. After a pumpkin enzyme body polish is scrubbed onto the body, you’re wrapped up while the masseuse does a mind-erasing scalp massage. You shower off and come back to the table to get a healthy dose of nourishing body cream rubbed into your baby-soft, glowing skin. I was delighted that my entire physique smelled like pumpkin pie for the next 24 hours, and the smoothness lasted for several days.
While it’s not easy for everyone to make it to the spa (though I do highly recommend it if you’re visiting the Big Apple for the holidays), The Spa at SoHo Trump whipped up this exclusive pumpkin DIY scrub so you can try it at home! The mix also contains cold-pressed coconut oil (to moisturize, exfoliate, and offer antibacterial properties) and ground cinnamon (another antioxidant that also smells heavenly). Read on to learn the recipe.