Evening Primrose Seed CO2 Extract
Evening primrose seed CO2 extract
CO2 extracts obviously have something to do with carbon dioxide gas, but before we get into how they’re made and why we could employ them in our formulations, let’s define “extract.” Unfortunately, when it comes to cosmetic ingredient nomenclature, there is no clear definition of an extract. There are a slew of different ways to make an extract, which only adds to the confusion.
What is Evening Primrose seed CO2 extract?
Evening Primrose Seed CO2-TO Extract (organic) is a transparent yellow-green oil with a distinctive aroma. There are no solvent residues, inorganic salts, heavy metals, or reproducible microbes because this extract is made via supercritical fluid extraction with natural carbon dioxide.
|What is it?||Evening primrose seed oil is a carrier oil made from the seeds of the evening primrose CO2 extract.|
|INCI||Oenothera Biennis Oil|
|Appearance||Yellow liquid oil.|
|Texture||A thick, heavy oil.|
|Aroma||It has a characteristic oily/fishy odour.|
|Why do we include it in formulations?||Because of its high percentages of linoleic and gamma linolenic acid, it's an excellent acne-fighting serum ingredient.|
|How to work with it?||Include it in the oil phase of your formulation, and avoid exposing it to heat for long periods of time if at all possible. To make an emulsion or dilute it with a lighter oil|
|Applications||Evening primrose oil and CO2 extract are known for their anti-inflammatory effects and are used in anti-aging and sensitive skin products. It's great for nail care formulas.|
|Strength||It's fantastic for treating acne and other skin issues.|
|Weaknesses||It's quite heavy and doesn't smell really pleasant.|
|Substitution||Black Currant Seed and borage oils|
|How to store it?||Stored in a cool, dark, and dry place.|
|Shelf life||Evening Primrose seed CO2 extract should last for at least a year.|
|Type of ingredient||Anti-aging|
|Main benefits||Evening Primrose seed CO2 extract is a hydrating oil for the skin.|
|Who should use it||Suitable for all skin types|
|How often can you use it?||Maximum of three times per week|
|Works well with||Lavender, Jasmine.|
|Doesn't work with||There are no known substances that interact negatively with CO2 extract.|
|How to use||Add formulae to the water phase while the temperature is below 100°F/40°C.|
Mechanisms of action
Evening Primrose Co2 total extract has a substantially longer shelf life and may be utilised in the same way as Evening Primrose cold pressed oil, making it more convenient to use. Evening primrose is good for dry and aged skin since it contains a lot of linolenic and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) (75 and 13 percent, respectively). It’s used to treat psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis, and it’s frequently found in anti-aging products. Evening Primrose Co2 is an important component of skin care regimens because it promotes healthy skin, fights ageing, and rejuvenates skin for a silky smooth appearance.
Benefits of Evening Primrose seed CO2 extract
Evening CO2 extract from primrose seeds may help protect against ageing stressors.
As you may be aware, the major function of the skin moisture barrier is to protect your skin from damaging external aggressors such as pollution and UV radiation. The barrier requires food in the form of critical vitamins, water, and lipid-rich fatty acids, notably linoleic acid, in order to function correctly. Linoleic acid is the most prevalent fatty acid in the skin barrier, and it aids in the formation and function of the skin. The absence of linoleic acid in the barrier can cause apparent skin issues like dryness and premature ageing. A skin moisture barrier that is unhealthy or undernourished is more exposed to stresses that might cause premature skin ageing, such as fine wrinkles.
It might help you get a more even skin tone.
Excessive sun exposure, inflammation (particularly acne-related inflammation), and even the natural process of ageing can all cause skin discoloration. Vitamin C is commonly found in skincare products that tackle discolouration. Vitamin C isn’t the only nutrient that can help you get a more even skin tone: Primrose oil in skincare products has also been demonstrated to help minimise the appearance of skin discolorations in studies. The high quantity of linoleic acid in evening primrose seed CO2 extract, according to scientists, is responsible for this impact.
Side effects of Evening Primrose seed CO2 extract
There are no known side effects.
How to use it in formulation?
Include it in the oil phase of your formulation, and avoid exposing it to heat for long periods of time if at all possible. To make an emulsion or dilute it with a lighter oil.
Work well with other ingredients
Evening CO2 extract from primrose seeds work well with: Skin nourishing Carrier Oils; also Carrot Seed, Chamomile German Blue, Chamomile Roman, Clary Sage, Grapefruit Ruby Red, Lavender High Altitude Bulgaria, Neroli, Rose Otto.