Coffee shops aren’t the only places that have added pumpkin spice indulgences to menus this fall. Spas across the United States are getting in on the seasonal craze by incorporating ingredients like pumpkin and cinnamon into face and body treatments.
At the W Las Vegas, the Away Spa is currently promoting a Pumpkin Spice Facial that features a pumpkin enzyme peel followed by a hydrating mask. A similar pumpkin facial is being served for a limited time at the Red and White Spa in New York City.
In Seattle, Penelope & The Beauty Bar at the historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel is getting into the fall spirit by infusing local organic pumpkin into its body polishes and foot scrubs.
Pumpkin spice and everything nice: The pumpkin spice craze has infiltrated the spa world, where treatments inspired by the hot beverage are all the rage
While the festive treatments might sound gimmick-y, pumpkin is rich in antioxidants, fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids, making it an excellent skincare ingredient.
The Away Spa says that its Pumpkin Spice Facial can help ‘reverse sun damage, eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, erase lip lines and firm, lift and tone’. Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas is a fan of the squash for its ability to smooth and brighten the skin.
Recently, Femail had the opportunity to experience the superfood’s skin-boosting benefits at the Red and White Spa, which is offering their take on the seasonal facial for $50 during Spa Week (the bi-annual, nation-wide event ends on October 22).
The facial included a pre-extraction pumpkin enzyme polish and a post-extraction pumpkin mask.
Skin felt silky smooth after the treatment, but wasn’t inflamed or irritated like it would have been with the use of a chemical exfoliant. The soothing mask also helped the complexion recover quicker after extractions.
They don’t just taste good: Seasonal flavors like pumpkin and cinnamon are actually great for skin, providing smoothing, anti-aging and acne-clearing benefits
Ready, set, book: Many spas across the country are offering $50 deals on pumpkin facials, scrubs, massages and more as part of Spa Week. The bi-annual event ends October 22
JOANNA VARGAS’ DIY PUMPKIN FACE MASK RECIPE
1/2 oz. pumpkin
1/2 oz. sweet potato
1 tsp. honey
1 tbsp. Greek yogurt
1 pinch of cinnamon
If you can’t get to the spa, you can still treat your skin with an autumnal treatment at home.
Joanna Vergas recommends creating a face mask out of pumpkin, sweet potato, honey, Greek yogurt and cinnamon. Apply it onto damp skin and remove with tepid water after ten minutes.
Together, the ingredients brighten, smooth, hydrate, plump and clear the complexion while boosting collagen and minimizing pores.