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Your Skin Needs Oil Too

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So Why Are Essential Fatty Acids Essential?

How ironic that our body requires them, but cannot produce or convert them from other fats. Instead, they must be obtained through our diet or by applying them topically.

As the desire for natural skincare products increases, Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are receiving a lot more attention thanks to their many skin rejuvenating properties. Moisturizers and other skincare products containing EFA rich oils such as sunflower seed, sea buckthorn and rosehip seed deliver a host of benefits.

  • protects skin cells from oxidation
  • improves skin’s cellular structure
  • Increases cell turnover
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Soothes dry, itchy skin
  • preserves the lipid balance of skin’s surface helping skin retain its own moisture levels.

Maintaining the lipid balance is crucial for healthy skin. It acts as a barrier, holding moisture in and keeping irritants out. This is especially important for aging skin. As we age our bodies ability to produce its own lipid barrier decreases. Pollution and unfriendly weather conditions can also strip away this protective shield. Applying skin care products rich with EFAs is a very effective way to nourish your skin and restore the lipid balance. EFAs play a critical role in promoting a healthy, youthful glowing complexion for all skin types.

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It is well established that the health of our skin benefits greatly from a diet that includes dark leafy green veggies and a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables. What may surprise you is that a diet that includes foods rich in EFAs is essential for healthy clear skin of all types. Clear skin? All types, you say? Yes, EFAs actually work to keep skin clear by flushing out unwanted fats and oils that tend to clog pores. This, combined with their natural anti-inflammatory properties, help calm skin and maintain balance.

 

There Are Two Types Of Essential Fatty Acids

Linoleic Acid (omega 6): contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that promote normal cell function vital to the synthesis of tissue lipids, helps prevent water loss and restores the barrier function to keep skin hydrated

Linolenic Acid/omega 3/gamma linolenic acid (GLA): a polyunsaturated fatty acid believed to facilitate cell communication to promote the proper function of the cells, repair the skin’s barrier function to quell inflammation and improve wound healing, and act as a conditioning agent to prevent water loss to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized.

 

Below Is A Short List Of Vegetarian Options That Are High In EFAs

Sources of Omega-3 fatty acids: flax seeds, hemp seeds, canola, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds (both seed and oil), soybeans and its products such as tofu and tempeh. Dark green veggies such as kale, collards, chard, parsley, seaweed, and cereal grasses (wheat & barley grasses) are also good sources because all green (chlorophyll-rich) foods contain Omega-3 fats in their chloroplasts.

Sources of Omega-6 fatty acids: Sunflower, safflower, soybeans, hemp seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, and most grains.

So there you have it! The scoop, the skinny, the lowdown on Essential Fatty Acids in a nutshell.

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