Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil is a lightweight oil extracted from the seeds of the evening primrose flower (also known as Oenothera biennis). This small, night-blooming flower is native to North and South America and has been used in traditional and folk medicine for centuries, if not longer. Historically, Native Americans used evening primrose to care for bruises and skin irritations. In the 1600s, evening primrose oil made its way to mainland Europe, where it was touted as a cure-all for different issues, including skin concerns.
Evening primrose oil has many properties that are beneficial to the health of your skin. Not only does evening primrose oil moisturise and soothe, it can enhance the texture and elasticity of skin, addressing dryness, irritation, roughness and wrinkles.Evening primrose oil is a key moisture-locking ingredient.
Evening primrose oil is made up of a number of different beneficial constituents, including omega-6 acids, omega-9 acids, and stearic acid. The key ingredients in evening primrose oil are essential fatty acids that help strengthen the skin barrier and reduce moisture loss.
Linoleic acid which is found in evening primrose oil is an omega-6 fatty acid that promotes skin health by reinforcing the skin barrier, preserving water in the epidermis and regulating sebum production. If your skin is deficient of essential fatty acids it can lead to dry, rough, or scaly skin.