I’m a basic bitch and proud of it. I take an ungodly amount of selfies (only to delete them all), I can quote every line of Mean Girls, and at the start of every fall, I have one thought on loop in my mind: Must. Have. Pumpkin Spice Latte. It doesn’t stop there — like most BBs, I indulge in pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake... basically, anything pumpkin. But up until now, I had no idea that I could actually slather my face in the stuff, too.
Is PSO the new PSL? You better believe it. Here’s why:
Pumpkin seed oil is nature’s anti-aging agent. It’s packed with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which help the skin retain moisture — another way of saying it’ll fill in fine lines and wrinkles.
It’s also rich in zinc and Vitamin E, both of which help heal skin wounds (like acne or eczema) and supercharge the skin’s natural renewal process; as well as Vitamin C, which tightens and brightens.
PSO contains minerals and antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals and environmental stressors.
This oil is also safe to use on oily skin — it’ll actually balance your oil production and keep your skin from looking greasy.
After a week of using Aer Clearing Face Oil, which also features apricot kernel oil (softening), calendula oil (calming), and sunflower seed oil (hydrating), my skin felt noticeably softer, and my acne scars seemed smoother and lighter. I even like the consistency of it more than my usual jojoba oil.
And whereas my daily PSL habit helped me put on five extra pounds this fall (side note: totally worth it), a daily pumpkin seed oil habit will only plump your skin.
To use, you can mix a drop or two in with your regular serum or moisturizer for an extra boost of calming hydration, or oil up at night by pressing four to five drops onto your skin post-moisturizer.
My advice? Get in on the PSO action before it becomes the next ubiquitous basic bitch skincare must-have (coconut oil, anyone?) here. It’ll cost you as much as two Venti PSLs ($10).