Evening primrose oil (EPO) is made from the seeds of a small, pretty yellow wildflower (Oenethera biennis) native to the United States, although it is also grown in Europe and the Southern Hemisphere. The plant has a long history of use in healing, being used by Native Americans to treat all kinds of conditions including bruises, minor wounds, digestive problems and sore throats.
The noted author and physician Andrew Weil, M.D. reports that evening primrose oil helps nourish our skin, hair, nails and even joints through its anti-inflammatory qualities. These are due to the plant’s gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an Omega-6 essential fatty acid, which our bodies need for good health but can’t manufacture on their own so it must come from sources outside the body. Certain plant-based foods, such as some seeds, nuts and oils, are especially good sources of linoleic acid, which can then be converted by the body to GLA.
There is plenty of evidence that GLA also helps strengthen the skin’s barriers resulting in reduced loss of moisture, making it an ideal ingredient in skincare products designed to relieve the effects of aging and the environment. Used externally, the GLA in evening primrose oil helps heal and renew damaged skin from sun, wind and other environmental factors, which can age even younger skin prematurely.
With aging comes dryer, less elastic skin, making the addition of healthy GLA oils a perfect complement to daily skincare routines. Protecting and restoring your skin through regular use of products containing evening primrose oil, such as Derma9’s Calm | Youth Moisturizer, can help you look your very best whatever your age, with firmer, healthier skin.