Omega fatty acids & skin
Omega fatty acids help maintain healthy skin. Found in our diets, we need a good balance of these polyunsaturated fatty acids to maintain good cell structure and keep inflammation in check.
These days, our western diets are rich in omega 6, leaving the optimum ratio of omega 6 and omega 3 found lacking. We can boost our omega 3 by eating oily fish (such as salmon & sardines) or by consuming nuts (ie walnuts), flaxseed oil and chia seeds.
In particular, flaxseed oil and chia seeds are rich in ALA (α-linolenic acid). Our bodies can convert ALA into other beneficial fatty acids, but it cant make it.
Boosting omega 3 in your diet and in your skincare can support the structure of your cell membranes improving the structural integrity of your skin. This helps regulate oil production, improve the barrier (protective) function of your skin, reduce redness and moderate inflammation.
If you're not one for seafood or struggle to get nuts, flaxseed oil or chia seeds into your diet, you could consider dietary supplements (like capsules).
On a personal note, I suffer from dry, sensitive skin with rosacea, so finding a way to keep it calm and hydrated is difficult. Flaxseed oil capsules and a functional food product (from Bestow Beauty in NZ!) has been a game-changer.
If you are interested in boosting the appearance of your skin naturally, get stuck into some omega 3 rich foods and topical products for more hydrated, smoother, calmer and younger looking skin.
Great 'omega-3-rich' topical options include skincare products containing natural extracts such as seabuckthorne oil, kiwi fruit seed and hemp seed oils.
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