It seems that we are becoming ever increasingly conscious of our diets and lifestyle. Of course, this is by no means a bad thing, as a healthy diet will not only improve your body and overall health, but it can do wonders for your skin too. However, one thing I've noticed recently is the trend to go 'fat-free'. At first glance a fat-free diet sounds like a good thing, but that isn't necessarily the case.
Now, this blog post isn't about the benefits of running out and buying a tray of doughnuts (although that would be nice), it all depends on the type of fats you're eating. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) are often referred to as Healthy Fats as our body needs them but is unable to produce them on its own. The only way to get them is through our diet and supplements.It is advised that a balanced diet contains around 20-30% total fat. This should be made up of these essential healthy fats, rather than unhealthy, or saturated, fats found in fried foods and sweet treats. Often when we are calorie counting in an attempt to lose weight, our fat intake dramatically decreases, which can have a negative impact on our skin.
How do healthy fats help my skin?
Healthy fats do a wonderful job at naturally keeping the skin soft, smooth and hydrated. They form a barrier that protects skin against moisture loss to retain vital hydration. Plus, the fine lines and wrinkles that are formed and exacerbated from dryness will dramatically improve.Those who have lived with a low-fat or no-fat diet for many years can often find that their skin is prematurely dry, papery and wrinkled. You may think slathering the oils on the surface will be enough, but just like a car, our skin needs to be well oiled to keep it running smoothly.
What are the types of EFAs I should look out for?
The EFAs you need to include in your diet are Omega 3 and Omega 6. Omega 6 fatty acids are the building blocks of cell membranes and also help with hydration, while Omega 3 fatty acids nourish the skin for a soft and radiant complexion.
Where can I find these fats?
Foods like seeds, nuts, grains, green leafy vegetables and, the super food of the moment, avocado are high in Omega 6, while oily fish such as salmon and mackerel, soybeans and flaxseeds are good sources of Omega 3.For any more information on how nutrition and supplements can improve your skin, call our skincare experts on 0113 282 3181.Written for you by:
Ellie, Face the Future