Essential fatty acids are required for overall good health and serve multiple bodily functions, one of which is its contribution to optimum skin health.
In fact, essential fatty acids (omega-3s and omega-6s) are the building blocks of healthy cell membranes. They help produce the skin's natural oil barrier, which is critical in keeping skin hydrated, plumper, and younger looking, says a leading health professional.
In particular, essential fatty acids help to normalise the epidermal lipids, which simply means they assist in regulating both oil and water in the skin. If skins are looking dull and flaky this could be a sign that you are lacking in essential fatty acids.
Essential Fatty acids are also able to help with the prevention of dehydration too, they are key to helping create a barrier to seal in the moisture.
Interestingly, essential fatty acids also help to protect and balance the barrier of the skin, fighting off any unwanted compounds.
You will find essential fatty acids in polyunsaturated fats (the good fats) which include, fish and shellfish, flaxseeds (linseed) and flaxseed oil, hemp seed, olive oil, soya oil, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, leafy vegetables and walnuts.
Fats developed a bit of a bad reputation a while ago, but it's important to realise there is a difference between good and bad fats. Essential fatty acids are one of the good fats, it's the trans and saturated fats you want to avoid or limit in your daily diet.
By ensuring your daily intake of essential fatty acids is adequate, you will have a much better chance of reducing the signs of premature aging, breakouts and tired looking skin.
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