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The A-Z Of Superfoods For Your Skin: Omega Fatty Acids

The A-Z Of Superfoods For Your Skin: Omega Fatty Acids

If you’ve been following our A-Z Of Superfoods For Your Skin series, you’ll know about the skincare benefits of vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K. Next, we’re moving onto vitamin O, or Omega Fatty Acids and why you need to be including them into your diet and skincare routine.

What Are Omega Fatty Acids?

Omega fatty acids are specific types of polyunsaturated fats which are essential additions to your diet and your skincare regime. Omega fatty acids are essential for regulating the cell membrane, helping to keep essential nutrients in the skin while expelling toxins and waste out of the skin.

The omega fatty acids get their names based on their molecular characteristics and, out of the 11 varieties of Omega fatty acids, there are three which are the most beneficial to your skin:

  • Omega-3
  • Omega-6
  • Omega-9

Why Are Omega Fatty Acids Good For The Skin?

Omega fatty acids are essential for maintaining radiant, healthy skin. Fatty acids work as ‘building blocks’ of the skin, helping to create a smooth, more even looking complexion. Omega fatty acids help to deeply hydrate the skin, helping to diminish the appearance of dry, flaky and dehydrated skin.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids boast anti-inflammatory benefits, helping to reduce redness and diminish the appearance of breakouts and reduce the occurrence of acne.

Consuming a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to work from the inside-out to improve the appearance of the complexion, leading to smooth, more youthful-looking complexion and has even been shown to improve the appearance of rosacea and psoriasis.

The topical application of omega-3 can help to reduce the appearance of UV damage on the skin, including dark spots, fine lines and pigmentation.

Sources of Omega-3 include:

  • Flaxseeds
  • Pecans & Walnuts
  • Dark, Leafy Greens
  • Tuna
  • Salmon

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Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Omega-6 fatty acids play vital role in regulating the normal function of the skin, helping to maintain the integrity of the skin’s barrier function. The anti-inflammatory benefits of omega-6 helps to soothe inflamed and irritated skin and can help to alleviate some of the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema.

Sources of Omega-6 include:

  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Peanut Butter
  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Olives

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Omega-9 Fatty Acids

If you suffer from dry and flaky skin, then omega-9 could help you as it works to maintain the level of hydration within the dermis. Omega-9 has also been shown to improve the elasticity of the skin, helping to keep it looking plump and youthful.

Unlike omegas 3 and 6, the omega-9 fatty acids are not essential to the diet, as the body is able to produce it in small quantities from the things we eat.

Omega-Infused Skincare Products

Although it’s essential to include omega-3 and 6 into your daily diet, it’s also important to ensure you’re also including them into your skincare regime too. This is because some of the important compounds in the two omegas are broken down by the liver before your skin can reap all of the benefits.

Caudalie Divine Oil

The clue is in the name with this truly divine oil. The oil is rich in Omega 6 and boasts a unique blend of oils, including Grape, Hibiscus, Sesame and Argan. The gorgeous oil helps the skin to regenerate while infusing it with moisture and essential nutrients.

The luxurious oil envelops your skin with a subtle floral fragrance with woody undertones that will awaken your senses each morning and evening.

Rodial Stemcell Super Food Facial Oil

The Super Food Facial Oil from Rodial is rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 as well as antioxidants, vitamins A, B5, C and E. The super-luxurious oil quickly absorbs into the skin working to deeply nourish and hydrate the complexion.

The expert blend helps to protect the skin from daily aggressors, reduce the visible signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles and deeply rejuvenates the complexion to leave it looking radiant and healthy.

Simply massage 2-3 drops of the oil onto the face after cleansing and toning and leave it to be absorbed into the skin.

Pai Age Confidence Echium and Amranth Facial Oil

This our health and beauty editors’ favorite facial oil. The organic formula deeply nourishes the skin, helping to optimize skin health and restore its natural radiance.

The expert blend of vitamins, omegas and essential nutrients help the skin to retain moisture and stay smoother for longer. The silky blend of ten powerful plant actives optimizes skin regeneration while minimizing inflammation and environmental stress on the complexion.

Your complexion will be truly revitalized, radiant and hydrated after just one use.

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil

Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil will truly transform your complexion to leave it with a radiant and enviable glow. The dry oil boasts a blend of retinol, omega-3, 6 and 9, essential amino acids, vitamin C, UV shields and natural anti-inflammatory agents.

The blend of Argan oil, Carrot seed oil and Marula oil are rich in omega fatty acids and work to nourish and hydrate the skin while improving the tone and texture of the skin.

Keep your eyes peeled for the last instalment of the A-Z Of Superfoods For Your Skin series… coming soon!



Lydia

Lydia

Health & Beauty Expert

As a qualified make up artist, I love all things make up! I'm also really passionate about health and nutrition, so I'm always on the look out for the latest Superfood to improve my skin, nails and hair!


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