Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) are needed for every cellular function in the body. However they are often the last thing we think of adding to our skin care routine.Essential Fatty Acids are a source of polyunsaturated fats, which can only be obtained through diet. However due to the poor quality of many of our foods, we need to supplement.
These Fatty Acids are vital to help cells retain water and flush out toxins, so a diet rich in them can help to minimize the appearance of aging, acne and even cellulite. As you age, your body’s natural ability to retain moisture within cells diminishes, resulting in skin that appears thin, wrinkled and “saggy”. All traits, which we can help minimize through our diet and lifestyle. Additionally, EFAs can help reduce the occurrence of cellulite, which happens when waste, water, and fat molecules become trapped below the skin’s surface.
Helping the cell transference process (which helps to flush the fats and oils that tend to clog pores) as well as provide a healthy balance of moisture, they can help reduce and prevent breakouts, as well as minimize any associated scarring. Consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids can be most beneficial in reducing the inflammation from rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis.
What to look for in a supplement?
Unfortunately not all supplements are created equal. EFA’s are depleted by heat and oxygen. So the quality does largely depend on how the oils have been extracted and the source of omega.
Carbon dioxide is the best form of extraction, using no heat or friction and ensuring all bioactive properties are intact. However it is one of expensive processes. Although Fish oil is of one of the most common forms of omega 3, it is also the most farmed. Meaning the fish them selves contain very little, or sometimes even no omega. (fish need to eat micro algae to be able to produce omega. Something they don’t get when farmed)
An extra little thing to know when shopping for a good EFA supplement, is that they are absorbed better when taken in combination with a multivitamin. So with an endless list of benefits, these little beauties are most certainly on our list of must have beauty products.