This may blow your mind, but the human body actually needs fat to function optimally and look its best. The body breaks fats down into fatty acids. Omega-3s and 6s are considered essential fatty acids (EFAs) because though the body cannot make them, they are required for optimal function. You must get them from foods like seeds, nuts, fish and grass-fed animal fats, or high-quality supplements.
EFAs are building blocks for healthy cells and assist with regulatory and developmental processes in the body, including the brain, nervous system, adrenal, thyroid, liver function, and immune response.
Omegas also add substantial support to the body’s appearance. Diets low in EFAs have been linked to skin problems, including eczema, split nails and brittle hair. Your skin may become dry, inflamed and more prone to congestion. It can lead to further pigmentation, redness, infection and texture breakdown.
Essential fats not only protect against sun damage but also help repair skin by preventing the release of enzymes that destroy collagen. This fights loss of elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles. Omega-3s are a natural anti-inflammatory that reduces swelling while encouraging blood circulation. Taken internally, they are beneficial for acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis as well as for sore muscles and joints.
If including these EFAs in our diet reap such rewards, why not apply them topically as well?
- Provide crucial nutrients for skin health and function
- Promote even distribution of melanin
- Promote production of healthy skin cells
- Support retention of natural moisture and lipid barrier
- Support radiant skin health through all stages of life
- Help inhibit free-radical damage that underlies skin aging
What are your skin and hair trying to tell you when you don’t like what you see in the mirror?
As the largest and most visible organ of the body, skin that lacks hydration is often void of a healthy glow. Key to production of the skin’s natural oil barrier, EFAs keep the skin hydrated, plump, youthful and nourished.
EFAs not only support the body against the environmental stresses that cause premature aging, but also help to protect tissue from enzymes that destroy collagen. This support is key to optimal skin health as you age.
EFAs are vital in the formation of prostaglandins—hormone-like substances that encourage healthy blood circulation—and are beneficial for addressing many skin concerns.
The scalp and hair can become dry, flaky and lackluster when deficient. By effectively penetrating the hair shaft to protect hair from UV exposure and pollution, EFAs help repair damaged follicles and promote hair growth.
So, if you are truly on the quest for the perfect beauty routine, omega oils taken internally through food or high-quality supplements, paired with high-quality unrefined oils applied topically, is a dual approach to skin care that helps you find true results through optimal cellular balance.
Focusing on what you put into your body is just as important as what you apply topically.
Amy Halman is the president and formulator for ACURE, a skin, body and hair care line based on scientific nutritional support to enhance the skin’s own ability to regenerate optimally. Clinically proven results without the use of gluten, synthetic preservatives or fragrances. Products contain no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petrochemicals or animal by-products.