Thursday, 06 December 2018

No Longer Fishing for Omega 3?

We often hear the phrase “it's what's on the inside that counts but we are in an age where vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian and even flexitarian diets are on the rise. So how do we ensure that the internal mechanisms of our bodies are providing our skin with the vital fatty acids it needs?

Omegas, most commonly found in fish-oils, are not only renowned for being an excellent contributor towards a healthy lifestyle, but they provide our skin with the essential tools to maintain a smooth, youthful and healthy complexion. Omegas also help us tackle a wide range of conditions from dry skin to acne thanks to both hydrating and soothing benefits. They even strengthen and support the skin in combatting environmental factors such as sun damage.The essential fat in omega-3 is called Alpha-Linoleic Acid (ALA) and our bodies cannot produce this alone. So how are we able to intake natural Omega-3 if we don't eat fish?There are a few other foods that contain Omega 3, such as:
  • Nuts/Seeds (e.g. Flaxseed, walnuts, chia seeds)
  • Plant Oils (e.g. Soybean oil, flaxseed oil)
And whilst the thought of smothering your salad in flaxseed oil sounds temptingly hipster, it is also time consuming and messy. As we approach the long, cold winter months, it's essential that we provide our skin with a generous amount of Omegas to maintain hydration. So how can do just that?

Supplements

In our opinion, the fastest and most effective method of maintaining a healthy balance of Omega 3, is by taking a daily supplement. Though it can be hard to find a product that doesn't contain fish oil, combination vitamins can still provide you with a generous amount of Omega 3, as well as other skin supporting nutrients.DMK EFA+DMK EFA+ is a great supplement as it contains Essential Fatty Acids plus more than 100 nutrients and bioactive substances, which build the skin's immune system such as linolenic acid, Vitamins E & A, carotene, polyphenols and flavonoids.Miguel Mateas Day & Night Formula BundleThese advanced Day and Night supplements are formulated using the highest quality vitamins, minerals and plant extracts that provide a well-balanced range of the essential nutrients required to maintain not only healthy skin, but overall health and wellbeing.Bare BiologyFor the pescetarians among us, finding a fish oil supplement without beef or pork gelatin capsules can be difficult. Bare Biology is an exciting new addition to Face the Future and their Lion Heart Omega 3 Capsules use only fish gelatin, never pork or beef.They also offer an Omega 3 liquid, avoiding the need for a capsule. Bare Biology Lion Heart Omega 3 Liquid is sourced from wild sardine, anchovy and mackerel - never from farmed fish. Just a half to 1 teaspoon a day (2.5ml “ 5ml) contains 2,000mg EPA and 1,000mg DHA. Contributing to cardiovascular, brain and visual health. The natural triglyceride-form allows for optimum absorbency and easy digestion.

Topical Products

We all know how beneficial Omega-3 supplements are for skin, but what about topical forms of Omega? Don't worry! The Flaxseed oil isn't going to be making a re-appearanceSkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2The emollient cream from SkinCeuticals plumps and firms ageing, sagging skin by restoring surface lipids and reinforcing the natural barrier.Fatty acids increase lipid production to kick-start cell self-repair. Cholesterol and ceramides plump and heal skin barrier.SkinCeuticals found the exact ratio of lipids present in young skin and replicated it in this cream:
  • 2% ceramides
  • 4% cholesterol
  • 2% fatty acids
With this ratio, the moisturiser mimics normal, young skin as accurately as possible.Oskia Restoration OilThis product uses African acmella flower, alaria esculenta algae, sea fennel and lupin seed to encourage the natural production of collagen, increasing firmness and minimising the appearance of lines and wrinkles.It also contains omega-rich heart seed vine and echium to soothe and calm discomfort, while starflower, sunflower seed and evening primrose oils boost hydration and elasticity. The addition of turmeric evens the skin tone and boosts radiance.Want to know more about Omega Fatty Acids? Speak to our skincare experts on 0113 282 7744 or shop online now.Written for you by: Rose, Face the FutureImage source: freepik.com

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