Spring evenings are the perfect time to admire the delicate papery pink and yellow blooms of evening primrose flowers (Oenothera biennis) that are starting to pop up in certain areas as warmer weather arrives.
Native to Europe and North America, evening primrose is a biennial wildflower with a long history of use in traditional natural remedies.
In the 1930s, evening primrose seed oil was discovered to contain high amounts of rare gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an effective anti-inflammatory compound.
This omega-6 fatty acid is is produced by our body from linoleic acid. However, once we reach menopause, we lose much of the ability to make GLA from our food making it vital to supplement this omega in other ways. Good sources of GLA are from a few plant-based oils, like evening primrose oil, hemp seed and borage oil.
Studies have shown that GLA can help greatly improve skin hydration, support optimal skin barrier function, and calm angry reddened skin. Making GLA effective in helping to address skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, flaky skin, and acne.
You can find this essential nutrient in our Alpine Phytonutrient Serum.
Evening Primrose oil skin benefitsCalming
Rich in rare omega-6 gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), evening primrose seed oil helps calm red and angry skin. GLA has been shown to be effective for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and acne.Rejuvenating
Boasting high concentrations of botanical antioxidants, evening primrose fortifies skin against free radical damage, helping to preserve elasticity while improving firmness and tone.Regenerative
Evening primrose helps support healthy skin cell turnover and collagen production. It improves skin texture while helping to reduce the appearance of age spots and other skin discolorations.Moisturizing
A natural emollient, evening primrose boosts skin hydration by reducing trans epidermal water loss (TEWL) and improving skin barrier integrity. As a result, it helps plump skin, smoothing out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.