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Sweatpants & Beauty | Pumpkin Spice Beauty

By Charlotte Fraser

Pumpkin spice everything is everywhere, and I have to be honest with y’all… I. Can’t. STAND. Pumpkin. I know, I know, I’m the girl who gets the salted caramel mocha instead of the pumpkin spice latte. But seeing my friends so overjoyed with the smell of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and that big ol’ orange gourd makes it worth my time to write this pumpkin spice beauty article.

I’d be remiss to not mention the benefits of using pumpkin and its associated spices in beauty products. Pumpkin has exfoliating enzymes and soothing components that are perfect for dry fall skin. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices associated with the classic pumpkin spice blend have been used aromatically, medicinally, and otherwise for centuries to promote a healthy immune system and promote feelings of warmth and comfort. It makes sense, then, that people associate the classic pumpkin spice aromas with the comforts of fall.

Now, let’s get head-to-toe pumpkin!

Cozy up to a warm bath that’s waiting for you with a homemade pumpkin spice bath bomb filled with coconut oil, Epsom salt, and clay to help your body wind down and your skin become smooth and lovely.

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Dim the lights and light a decadent candle from Nest to keep the pumpkin filling your senses.img_4323

And when it’s time to actually get clean, use this creamy whipped cleanser that won’t dry out your skin and instead, turn you into a pumpkin-scented goddess.

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Lock in all that goodness with some serious moisture! This glycolic body lotion hydrates to keep your skin super soft along with the exfoliating and soothing goodness of pumpkin. Hands and cuticles always take a hard hit in fall weather, so layer NCLA’s limited edition Pumpkin Spice Nail & Cuticle oil with Desert Essence’s pumpkin spice hand cream. Mmmm, soothing moisture.

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Ready to give yourself a pumpkin spice facial? Start with this daily gentle exfoliating cleanser that’s been reformulated to be filled with even more goodness.

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Balance the pH of your skin after cleansing with this toner made from pumpkin wine (um, YES PLEASE!) that softens skin and packs it with good-for-you nutrients.img_4329

Exfoliate with an at-home chemical peel – formulated for even sensitive skin – that uses different acids to target everything from aging, to blemishes, to scarring. It will tingle some, so carefully read the instructions and use at your discretion.

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Pack in some soothing softness with a dependable sheet mask from Tony Moly, preferably while watching some Food Network specials or reading some cookbooks to get recipes for pumpkin errthang. Once all the essence from the mask has absorbed, use a light layer of serum from cult brand Drunk Elephant.

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Finally, seal in all that goodness with a lightweight cream from MyChelle and a swipe of -naturally – pumpkin spice lip balm. If it’s nighttime, give yourself an extra dose of pampering with an adorably packaged but still potent Korean sleep mask from Too Cool For School.

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For that real #pumpkinflow, bring that beloved orange hue into your makeup. Make Up For Ever makes a fantastic combination blush and shadow that’s awesome for drama, and it gets even better with a pumpkin spice hilighter that also makes a great pale shadow.

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If the brand of highlighter looks familiar, you aren’t imagining it: FeatherRiverBody was the creator of the beloved rainbow highlighter trend. Give yourself a pumpkin pucker with a dependable lip liner and deliciously shiny lipstick. A spritz of Pumpkin Pie fragrance from Demeter, known for their singular and unique scents – or maybe a fragrance inspired by Tilda Swinton that has Pumpkin in its notes – will undoubtedly make your life even better.

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Transform yourself into an ethereal pumpkin goddess that leaves a trail of warmth wherever she goes, or simply swipe on some lip balm and smile.

However deep your love for pumpkin goes, you’ll be set to fulfill all your pumpkin dreams. Best part? Most of these products are available year round!

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Charlotte Smith is an esthetician licensed in Tennessee and Georgia. She’s married to a lumberjack version of Deadpool, is obsessed with huskies, is straight up in quarter-life crisis mode, and loves pretty much anything that could be considered creepy.

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