Evening primrose oil can give you glowing skin, says my mom

Evening primrose oil has been a natural remedy hack for centuries and helps to give radiant and glowing skin. Here's how you can use evening primrose oil for skin.
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Evening primrose oil could be a good addition to your skincare routine. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Shruti Bhattacharya Published: 2 Jun 2024, 12:00 pm IST
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Evening primrose is a yellow wildflower found in several parts of the world, with its roots in North America. It has petals that close during the day and open up delicate golden buds after sunset. The oil produced from evening primrose is a natural source of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), an omega-6 fatty acid. It has recently become a popular home remedy for acne and eczema due to its anti-inflammatory effects, and my mom also approves. She believes that this effective medicinal plant has been used to treat many skin problems and also helps to give glowing skin. Here are the benefits of evening primrose oil for skin and how to use it in your skincare routine.

What is evening primrose oil?

It is a natural oil derived from the seeds of Oenothera biennis, also known as the evening primrose plant. This plant is native to North America and has little yellow flowers that bloom in the evening, hence the name. The oil is produced from the seeds using a cold-pressing method, producing a high concentration of important fatty acids, particularly gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), according to a study published in the Clinician Handbook of Natural Medicine. It is used for a variety of applications, including dietary supplements and skincare goods. This oil has a position in both traditional medicine and modern wellness practices, offering a variety of purposes beyond its botanical origins.

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Using natural oils on your face can make your skin glow. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Benefits of evening primrose oil for skin

1. Rich in anti-inflammatory properties

Acne, rosacea, and eczema are all prevalent skin conditions caused by inflammation. Evening primrose acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, reducing redness and inflammation while calming and soothing the skin, as found in a 2018 study published in the Antioxidants MDPI Journal.

2. Gives moisturising skin

This oil contains gamma-linolenic acid GLA, a natural emollient that may soothe and moisturise dry, rough skin, making it a great moisturiser, as a study published in the Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology Journal. GLA helps to prevent transepidermal water loss (TEWL), which occurs each night while we sleep and may lead to rough, flaky skin. Using primrose oil helps the skin maintain moisture and make it look plump and radiant.

3. Reduces eczema

Eczema is a skin condition that makes your skin red, scaly, and itchy. GLA in evening primrose oil may reduce redness and inflammation while delivering long-lasting hydration, making it beneficial for people with eczema, as found in a study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Leperology, and Veterology.

4. Keeps acne at bay

“It is believed that evening primrose oil may assist in diluting sebum, the oil our skins naturally create to lubricate and protect itself. Extra sebum in case someone has acne, and diluting or breaking down the sebum may keep the pores from clogging. If the pores are clear, you are less likely to get pimples and blackheads. The anti-inflammatory properties of this oil may help minimise redness and heal existing pimples,” explains trichologist and cosmetologist Dr Kiran Sandeep Singh.

5. Reduces signs of ageing

This oil is also an effective anti-ageing ingredient, thanks to its GLA content. This increases skin suppleness and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also includes antioxidants, which assist in protecting the skin from free radicals that can cause premature ageing. However, more research is required to support this claim.

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Reverse the signs of ageing with natural oils. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

How to use evening primrose oil on the skin?

Here is a complete guide on how to use this oil for skin, as explained by the expert.

1. Evening primrose oil and coconut oil mask

Ingredients:

-1 tablespoon of evening primrose oil
-1 tablespoon of coconut oil
-Jade roller

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Method:

1. Pour both oils on your palms and rub your hands together to combine them.
3. Massage it all over your face and neck.
4. Use a jade roller to gently massage your face.
5. Move the roller in an upward direction for 2 minutes to let the oils absorb into your skin.

2. Evening primrose oil and jojoba oil

Ingredients:

-1 tablespoon of evening primrose oil
-1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
-Jade roller

Method:

1. Mix 1 tablespoon of evening primrose oil and jojoba oil.
2. Gently massage the combined oil on your face and neck.
3. You can use a jade roller to gently massage your face.
4. Massage it until the oil is dissolved in the skin.

Are there any side effects of evening primrose oil?

It is generally considered safe to use on the skin. However, taking safety precautions before including it in your skincare routine is critical. Also, you should exercise caution while using it in facial masks. You should also avoid using this oil near your eyes. Lastly, don’t forget to check with your doctor before using it.

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Shruti Bhattacharya is a content writer and editor for over 2 years. She specialises in writing on a variety of topics such as wellness, lifestyle, beauty, technology and fashion. Her current focus is on creating factually correct and informative stories for readers. ...Read More

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