For years I used Evening Primrose on my face, after cleansing in the shower with a soap, always Neutrogena Original Soap, advice given to me by my friend Mellissa, in our University days. The soap is still my favourite, but it cleans so well you have to moisturize deeply because hydrated skin is healthy skin. That’s where the Evening Primrose Oil comes in.
First Evening Primrose Oil Beauty Secret: put it on your face
I would puncture a capsule of Vit. E (advice given to me by my other gorgeous brilliant friend, Sampreeta) and a capsule of Evening Primrose (my own idea but given a nod of acceptance by Sampreeta) and press the gel into my skin.
I massage this mixture into my face, neck and sometimes even my hips or shoulders. This is one of my favourite overnight moisture treatments. Rub it into your face including your eyebrows and lips. Emerging hard whiteheads can more easily slide out of pores and off your face with this regular treatment. Try it and let me know how it worked for you by leaving me a comment!
The vitamin E, thicker, is balanced by the less viscous Evening Primrose Oil and together create a magnificent healthy thick moisturizer you should go to sleep with. Once you wake up, skin is plumped, clean and radiant.
How did I find out this worked so well?
Before I began putting the mixture on my face, I was squeezing the capsules onto the dry rough and often bleeding psoriasis or eczema patches on my father’s legs and elbows. I wouldn’t rub it in, but dab it gently on the sore and surrounding areas. I had read somewhere that both oils may help and after a shower I would apply his treatment. I saw that the Vit E/EPO helped and he said it was helping too, despite some sting when we first started.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that can also be ingested. Sometimes, I’d take a Vitamin E capsule orally if I felt like it. But usually I get it from my diet. Sunflower seeds and almonds contain a good healthy amount of Vit E.
Second Evening Primrose Oil Beauty Secret: ingest capsules at the right time
The second beauty secret with Evening Primrose Oil was after a talk with a number of girlfriends. Many found that the symptoms of PMS; breast soreness, irritability, emotional behaviour, sensitivity, etc. was greatly reduced by popping a few EPO capsules!
One of my girlfriends, married with three kids, two of them twins, said “Evening Primrose Oil saved me from a divorce,” as she munched on carrot sticks. I looked at her to see if she was joking. She wasn’t. She said, “My husband loves it.”
Well, a few of us tried it too and it seems to take some of the edge off. It’s not proven to work scientifically, it should be noted, as I was doing some research on this, but in my humble opinion, it works. Some months are easier than others, but generally 6-8 days before menstruation I get more frustrated, depressed, or emotional.
Could it be that the change in hormones lead to a chemical imbalance of sorts and this little EPO pill is correcting this? What do you think? Have you had experience with EPO? Has it helped you or anyone else you know?