Ingredient Spotlight: Evening Primrose Oil



There are certain botanical oils that seem to have the magic touch for a range of common issues, particularly issues rooted in hormone imbalance. Evening primrose oil is one such ingredient. It’s amazing how often hormonal imbalance is responsible for whatever problem we’re suffering from—particularly when it comes to skin concerns—and evening primrose oil is shown to support overall hormone function within the body thanks to its high essential fatty acid content.

Struggling with acne and wrinkles? Evening primrose oil was made for you. Let’s dive in and discuss what this precious botanical oil has to offer.

Evening Primrose has long been used for its healing medicinal properties, and the oil that is cold-pressed from the seeds of this flower are particularly rich in essential fatty acids. What makes evening primrose oil special is its high concentration of hormone-balancing omega-6 fatty acids, including linoleic acid (LA) and gamma linoleic acid (GLA), which are so important for healthy skin, hair and nails. These omega-6 fatty acids improve the elasticity of the skin while balancing sebum production, so it benefits both dry and mature skin types as well as oily, acne prone skin types. Evening primrose oil also contains tons of vitamin E and vitamin C, which are both essential for healthy, youthful skin.

In addition to acne, other skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema and psoriasis also benefit from evening primrose oil’s ability to reduce inflammation. The omega 6 fatty acids are emollient and anti-inflammatory, so they help strengthen the skin barrier and reduce moisture loss. In turn redness and inflammation as well as conditions that lead to acne are less likely to occur. Finally, evening primrose’s high level of antioxidants aid in reducing fine lines and keeping skin youthful and healthy. It’s a fantastic oil for healing, balancing, calming and preventing damage to skin tissue, which is a major reason you’ll find it in so many effective beauty products.

Want to add evening primrose oil to your daily routine? Try one of the following products to reap the benefits of this botanical healer…

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About Susannah Compton

Susannah Compton is the founder and formulator behind Florescent, a line of 100% botanical perfumes she blends in small batches from organic and wild crafted aromatics. Plant-based skincare and cosmetics are a way of life for Susannah, who writes about clean beauty and the benefits of botanical ingredients for No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and Integrity Botanicals. Florescent, however, is Susannah’s personal expression of healthy beauty. Susannah has been working with botanical aromatics for years, blending first for therapeutic purposes before delving into the art of perfumery. Having rarely experienced the depth and complexity of true botanicals in conventional perfume, she learned the art of blending and created what her heart desired — a scent that would move her the way perfume should. In search of those elevating, ethereal bouquets of scent, Susannah honed her skills behind the perfume bench. She launched Florescent in the spring of 2015 to share the lush experience and pleasing ritual of real perfume.