Why Your Skin Needs Omega Fatty Acids
Around 18 months ago I began taking omega supplements to give my normal to oily, sometimes dehydrated and spot-prone skin a boost. I happily took two daily (four daily during my monthly hormonal breakouts) for a matter of months and then one day I got caught off guard and ran out. With my carefully thought out topical skin regime, I figured that some fish oil supplements couldn't be doing that much for my skin, so I stopped taking them.
Ever heard of the saying “you don't know what you've got until it's gone? Well, that's my view on supplements. The changes are subtle and gradual so you don't always notice the benefit, but when I stopped taking them my skin went rapidly downhill. It looked dull, lifeless and dehydrated. As soon as I started popping my pills again, my skin worked its way back to a healthy appearance. I now swear by my omegas and wouldn't be without them, but what do omega fatty acids actually do for the skin, whether taken internally or applied topically?
Found in fish oils, omegas have long been known for its amazing benefits to a healthy diet and lifestyle (FYI, I can't stand fish so my natural omega intake is pretty much non-existent). There are 11 omega fatty acids, but there are three crucial ones to maintain skin health: Omega 3 “ found in fish oil, flax seed, walnut oil and chia oil" ,Omega 6 “ found in many plant oils and passionfruit oil", Omega 9 “ found in flax seed, soybean, peanut and sunflower oils".
Omegas work as essential building blocks that keep the skin's surface smoother, plumper, younger looking and healthier. They help skin to boost and maintain hydration, eliminating signs of dryness, flakiness and dehydration. It strengthens and reinforces skin, helping to protect against environmental damage and soothe the signs of external aggressors such as redness and sensitivity.
For me, the best way to take omegas is through supplements. I find my skin gets the best results with a daily dose, plus you're receiving the additional health benefits too! There are also many products that contain omega fatty acids. When my skin feels dull and drab, I like to add a couple of drops of the Oskia Restoration Oil into my usual evening moisturiser for some extra nourishment that doesn't feel heavy or greasy on the skin.
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Written for you by: Ellie, Face the Future