For many of us, having glowing skin, healthy hair and strong nails is a sign that we’re healthy, and make us feel more confident. So what is the one ingredient that can help you achieve the holy trinity? Omega 3 -fatty acids
Aside from being a beauty-boosting ingredient, it also keeps our organs functioning optimally so it’s an important nutrient to keep topped up.
Read below the six reasons why you need it in your diet!
Omega-3 is an integral part of the lipid membrane that forms our skin structure. Which is the only barrier between us and the environment. Having an Omega 3 Fatty Acids deficiency leaves our skin permeable and weak (read can lead to collagean loss and accelerate visiible signs of ageing).
Inflammation is a common problem in skin disorders such as psoriasis, acne and atopic dermatitis. Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and suppress the hyperproliferation (rapid division) of skin cells, which causes psoriasis to spread.
Omega-3 deficiency is often linked to dry, flakey, itchy skin or skin rashes. Sometimes it can be referred to as ‘chicken skin’. If the upper epidermal layers of the skin are hydrated and functioning optimally it looks hydrated and healthy. Omega-3 provides all the essential oils our epidermal layers need, and without it, our skin becomes dehydrated and prone to problems.
Omega-3 is known to help fight dry and brittle hair, and help symptoms such as dandruff and increased blood circulation to the scalp caused by hyperventilation of the hair follicles.
Omega-3 has been shown to help protect against inflammation caused by UV radiation. Dose up on omega-3 before hitting the sun to help combat ageing, wrinkles and photosensitivity disorders—but don’t forget sunscreen as well!
Omega-3 concentrations are highest in the brain and nervous system. Omega-3 is needed for optimal functioning of neurons in brain cells and may even help combat depression by increasing our serotonin and dopamine levels.
Omega-3 Inside and Out?
Add the following Omega 3 packed foods to your diet:
- Wild Salmon
- Flaxseed Oil
You can also find omega-3 in skincare, Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix Facial Oil V(£80) it contains a blend of luxe botanical oils and skin cell renewing CoQ10 and is rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids. Apply this each morning to give your skin an omega-3 boost.