The Magic of Evening Primrose Oil
When I was little my mother would take me into her garden as dusk folded into the evening to see her fragrant evening primrose flowers open and bloom. When most other flowers were asleep, the Evening Primrose awoke – a botanical night owl that most people didn’t get to see.
Herbal wisdom claims this is the reason evening primrose is such a good skincare match for mature skin, helping it to blossom and flourish in the approaching evening of life, within the natural aging process.
Highly prized by Native Americans who called it “Sun drop”, evening primrose was used to treat and heal a variety of internal and external health conditions from bruises and wounds to dry skin, skin rashes and hair loss.
For us, there are many reasons to love Evening Primrose Oil and add it to your skincare arsenal.
Evening Primrose oil contains skin-friendly fatty acids. Nourishment for the skin comes in particular from the oil's high linoleic acid content. This fatty acid helps to reduce moisture-loss from the skin and support the skin’s ability to form an effective barrier. The oil also contains oleic acid, which will soften and moisturize the skin. However, the star fatty acid in Evening Primrose oil is the rare Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), which makes the skin more flexible, reduces water-loss, hydrates and repairs. Few carrier oils contain GLA – Evening Primrose, Borage and Hemp are which do contain GLA2
It’s good for all skin types.
You’ll find Evening Primrose an all star skincare oil. It’s helpful in tackling itchy skin (because it’s anti-inflammatory), scaly skin (because of its linoleic acid content), dry skin (due to its oleic acid content and its other saturated fatty acids), and even blemish-prone and oily skin (because it’s light, non-clogging and easily absorbed).
Helps us age beautifully.
Evening Primrose has excellent cell regenerative abilities. Thanks to its GLA content it supports the cells of the skin to absorb oxygen and respirate more effectively. This can help to improve skin tone and decrease dark shadows beneath the eyes. Evening Primrose helps improve skin texture, reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and rejuvenate tired complexions.
Healing and regenerating Scar tissue can be uncomfortably tight, and we are particularly conscious of it if it’s on the face. Try Evening Primrose oil in combination with Rosehip Seed Oil to help reduce the appearance and tightness of scars and to treat wounds and cuts. Again, its regenerative abilities can accelerate healing as well as the growth of healthy new skin cells to smooth scar tissue away.