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Why do we need OMEGAs in our skincare?

Why do we need OMEGAs in our skincare?

We delve into why Omegas are so important for skin health...

There are significant benefits to including OMEGAs in your skincare routine, they are termed as essential fatty acids (EFA)s and they are indeed essential in achieving optimum skin health.

Essential fatty acids are unable to be made by the body and therefore we need to supply them both internally and externally. 

EFAs are a vital part of every cell in the body. They are a necessary component of the lipid film, coating the skin's surface. This film maintains moisture, softness and elasticity in the skin, as well as providing a protective barrier against the entry of disease-causing organisms and harmful bacteria.There are 11 omega fatty acids in total, but there are 4 that are vital for skin health; omega 3, 6, 7 and 9. By applying omegas topically, research has shown that they aid in the treatment and healing of skin conditions and significantly improve overall skin health.

Omega 3 (Alpha-linolenic acid) is found in fish oils, linseed oil, walnuts and avocados, to name a few. Is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that can make a big difference in rosacea, eczema and psoriasis as it helps maintain and boosts the lipid content of the skin´s natural barrier. It´s a great protector in severe weather conditions, by helping maintain moisture levels, therefore limiting loss of firmness and elasticity through dehydration. 

Omega 6 (Linoleic acid) Found in many plant oils, it also has an anti-inflammatory effect so is soothing and calming on irritated skin. Omega 6 is used as a treatment for psoriasis and eczema as it helps repair the skin´s barrier, retaining moisture and improving elasticity within the layers of the skin.

Oils that are high in these fatty acids feel light and thin and as a result protect and moisturise the skin without feeling heavy.

Omega 7 (Palmitoleic acid) is the most active antimicrobial fatty acid in our skin, naturally fighting infection and bacteria. Omega 7 can help restore the skin´s natural omega balance, strengthen skin cells and aid in the healing of damaged cells. Topical application of Omega 7 is a great way to fight damage to the skin due to exposure to UV rays. Acting as an anti-melanogenic agent, this omega fights against changes in pigmentation and uneven complexion. This includes helping to counteract and repair discolouration, hyper-pigmentation and postmenopausal spots. Omega 7 is also a great source of moisture and nourishment for the skin. It contains anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to calm and soothe while repairing and strengthening the skin through its moisturising properties.

You can get Omega 7 from sea buckthorn oils, which give the highest concentration of Omega 7 of any known natural source.

Omega 7 is absolutely fantastic for soothing dry skin conditions. Externally, it will provide the moisture needed to heal chapped, broken skin and provide a healthy barrier to lock this moisture in.

Hydration is truly the key to youthful and beautiful skin and omega 7 certainly delivers it. Omega 7 will also help protect against wrinkles and loss of elasticity for skin that glows with radiant youthfulness. 

Finally Omega 9 (Oleic Acid) which is found in linseed, soyabean and sunflower oils. These oils are slightly thicker and have a richer consistency. Omega 9 is easily absorbed and able seal moisture into our skin effectively, whilst having substantial anti-inflammatory properties, so great for use after exposure to UV rays or if you have very dry skin.

The topical application of EFA´s can have a number of really positive effects. The most important being, boosting lipid content and the repair of the skin´s barrier function. This helps protect delicate skin, improve moisture levels and helps the skin retain its own moisture, which all leads to improved softness and elasticity.

All in all, a group of skincare heroes for us all!

Our Elixir Extraordinaire Dry Oil Miscontains Omega 6 & 7, plus Inca Inchi Oil, a powerful anti-ageing ingredient rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Amino Acids.

It restores moisture balance, limits dehydrating and helps to strengthen and rebuild your skin´s natural barriers. Antioxidant and anti-ageing properties. Conditions and protects, leaving your skin soft and supple. Incredibly lightweight, this dry oil is absorbed easily into the skin. Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks.