I encountered Evening Primrose Oil for the first time when my pharmacist recommended it for my irregular menstrual cycle. At first, I didn’t think too much about it. I thought it was just another capsule. But then, I went to another pharmacy and discovered Vitamin E oil capsules and I thought, Hold on! Hold on! What makes the capsules different from the essential oils? I remember during one of my researches for my posts, that a lot of bloggers used Vitamin E capsules in the absence of the bottles itself. The other day, whilst skimming through Olori’s website, I came across Evening Primrose essential oil. Aha! That, of course piqued my interest. So, I decided to use one capsule on my face, just to check. Although, the scent didn’t sit well with me, I thought it did a decent job so I added it to my facial oils.
So, what exactly is Evening Primrose Oil?
Evening primrose is a wildflower that grows throughout the United States. Although Native Americans used the seeds for food and made poultices from the whole plant to heal bruises, evening primrose oil (EPO) has only recently been used as medicine. Your body needs a balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids for good health. GLA is also found in borage oil and black currant oil. (Source)
Now we have an idea of what we’re dealing with. We know that EPO is a dietary supplement and it serves medicinal purposes as well.
How about skincare? Does it have any health benefits on our skin? Is it safe for me to add it to my facial oil blend? Let’s find out.
Apparently, EPO is packed with anti-inflammatory and healing properties which explains why it has been getting a lot cred in recent times. It is also packed with no-nonsense anti-aging properties, this will be a valuable addition to your beauty routine. Because of its ability to dilute sebum production, evening primrose oil is good at calming acne flare-ups, while at the same time hydrating skin. The astringent properties of the plant’s juice can soothe skin irritations and inflammations. Evening primrose’s high level of antioxidants, which make it a worthy inclusion in skin preparations for smoothing roughness, reducing fine lines, and lightening dark circles around the eyes. (Source)
The thing about EPO is that it’s affordable and readily available in your local pharmacy. Just get a dark bottle and empty a few capsules in it. Don’t forget to mix with a carrier oil before application.© Copyright 2016 Ebun Oluwole, All rights Reserved. Written For: Get your Sizzelle on!