The Power Of Essential Fatty Acids In Your Skincare And Haircare Routines
We hear more and more about Essential Fatty Acids playing an important part in our overall health and how they help to maintain a hydrated, young-looking skin. You may still wonder: how can omega-rich facial oils benefit my skin? Here are some insight into what they are and their benefits.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are fats that cannot be produced by our body which means we have to obtain them through our diets or topically with some skincare products.
They are divided into two sub-categories:
- Monounsaturated fatty acids, or omega-9
- Polyunsaturated fatty acids, or omega-3 and -6
According to a study carried out by the Oregon State University, Omega 6s and omega 3s play a critical role in normal skin function and appearance. They alleviate symptoms associated with skin sensitivity and inflammatory skin disorders.
If you suffer from dermatitis and other skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, it might be due to a deficiency of EFAs. Dehydrated and sensitive skin types will also benefit from a diet and skincare enriched in EFAs.
These fatty acids do not belong to the family of “essential fatty acids” but are still very beneficial. They are highly nourishing and restore the skin elasticity and are found in large quantities in some natural oils such as Jojoba and Ricin oils.
They can be found in some fatty fish and some seeds. Through our diet, the body distributes the Omega 3s to major organs first such as the brain. Which means that our hair and skin don’t benefit as much from it. Omega-3 are also known to hydrate and strengthen the cells that make up our skin and hair. They also have regenerating and restorative virtues as they help increase your skin's resistance to sunburns - principal cause of premature skin-ageing. This is why EFAs enriched oils is a great addition to your skincare and haircare regiments. Omega 3s are found in large amounts in Neem, Baobab, and Ricin Oils.
These essential fatty acids or also called Linoleic acid, are found in all vegetable oils. Incorporated into your skincare routine, omega 6s promote the highest skin nutrition as they help to rebuild lipids and maintain good hydration while softening and nourishing the skin. They are found in Sunflower seed oil, Evening primrose oil and Borage oil for example.
If you’re looking for a natural and organic way to include these Omegas into your beauty regime, check out Wink - for your eyelashes & eyebrows - and the three facial oils from the Amalie beauty brand available here on Inner Goddess.
Want to learn more?
✧ Find out what facial oil to choose for your skin type here.
✧ Interested into knowing more why facial oils are a must-have in your skincare routine? Check out this great article on Harper’s Bazaar!
✧ You can also check our article to learn about how essential fatty acids can help you grow and maintain long and luxurious eyelashes!