Ingredient Highlight: Evening Primrose Oil (EPO)

Ingredient Highlight: Evening Primrose Oil (EPO)

What is Evening Primrose Oil (EPO), and why is it good for your skin?

EPO is made from the evening primrose plant's seeds and is a non-comedogenic oil, meaning it won't clog your pores. There is evidence to support EPO's ability to help clear acne and reduce skin inflammation. EPO's ability to reduce inflammation has also led to the understanding that, when applied topically, EPO can relieve the symptoms of eczema. It may also be useful to help the skin retain moisture by minimising water loss and restoring the skin barrier function for hydrated, supple skin.

It contains linolenic acid (LA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) – fatty acids of the omega-6 essential fatty acid family. GLA is known for promoting cell turnover and repairing those that are damaged. Absorbed deep into the skin through EPO, it boosts collagen production for firmer, smoother, and more radiant skin.

How does H&Z utilise this phenomenal oil?

We use EPO in our hero product, our Face Oil. In this wonder facial oil, EPO is incorporated into a formulation featuring Hempheart Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Sea Buckthorn, among many other nourishing ingredients. It is perfect to be used morning and night, allowing you to reap all the benefits of EPO that (when used twice daily) may be helpful in psoriasis and rosacea relief.

Our customers have hailed this oil as a way to prevent and treat breakouts, even skin tone, reduce the appearance of scarring, treat rosacea, and soften skin. On top of this, it's incredibly multipurpose and can be used as a cleanser, makeup remover, and moisturiser!

If you would like to read more about our fabulous ingredients, check out our blog on Hyaluronic Acid!